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The building in downtown Macomb will be converted into an assisted living facility. Newly drawn construction plans show it will feature 47 rentable studio and one bedroom apartments as well as a memory care unit.

Developer Chris Trotter is working to raise private investments to pay for the $4.5 million project. Mayor Mike Inman said Trotter is close to obtaining his goal.

Rich Egger

Glass, plastic, aluminum, and paper from Macomb will no longer be sorted at the Bridgeway facility on the west end of town. In a letter dated February 17, 2015, the company said it’s been operating the program at a loss for several years.

Macomb City Administrator Retiring

Feb 20, 2015
Rich Egger

Dean Torreson said he will leave at the end of the year after a long career in local government.

Rich Egger

The Macomb City Council has numerous concerns about the liquor license application submitted by Christine Ann Koellner.

Rich Egger

The city is completing land acquisitions as part of the plan to improve West Adams Street from Lafayette to Johnson.

Western Illinois University

The state will start seeking construction bids this month for a long-awaited project at Western Illinois University.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman said there are currently 11 economic development projects in the works.

Macomb to Start West Adams St Improvements

Oct 9, 2014
Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen decided to proceed with the revitalization project even though the city will have to spend its own money.

Rich Egger

The city will be without a first ward alderman for a while.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas said he wants to develop a list of businesses and services that students, faculty, and staff want in Macomb.

Wikipedia

September 11 marked the 200th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Plattsburg in upstate New York. General Alexander Macomb led the charge which made way for the ending of the War of 1812.

Salon.com

Macomb aldermen were mum about proposed zoning regulations for medical marijuana facilities.

Macomb Still Brainstorming Aquatic Center

Jun 25, 2014
Rich Egger / Tri-States Public Radio News

The City of Macomb is trying to find a happy medium with identifying what the community wants in terms of the pool, as well as what they are willing to pay for.

Rich Egger

The city received some much anticipated news: the Illinois Secretary of State’s office has certified the results of the special census.

Medical Marijuana in Western Illinois

Jun 2, 2014
www.420magazine.com

The founder of the Chicago based company that hopes to open a couple medical marijuana cultivation centers in western Illinois says it is a personal issue for him.

Rich Egger

Macomb Third Ward Alderman Lou Gilbert died Thursday. The city says funeral arrangements have not been finalized.

Work to Finally Begin on Bridge Project

Jan 30, 2014
Rich Egger

After years of talk, Macomb will make improvements to the Wigwam Hollow Road bridge over the Lamoine River.

Rich Egger

The basic concept for Macomb’s downtown revitalization plan is now in place.

Rich Egger

The decision to conduct a special census appears to be paying off for Macomb.

Macomb Police Department

The Macomb Police Department is honoring three Western Illinois University students who tried to rescue a man at Spring Lake.

Rich Egger

Plans to renovate the old Lamoine Hotel building in downtown Macomb were put on hold when Gatehouse Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September.

Western IL Readies for Federal Disaster Declaration

Apr 26, 2013
Scott Stuntz

As a result of heavy rains and flooding, much of west-central Illinois has been declared a state disaster area and a federal disaster declaration could follow.

City Responds to Disputed 2nd Ward Election

Mar 27, 2013

The City of Macomb is saying little about the disputed election in the city’s second ward. Mayor Mike Inman read a brief statement during the  city council meeting on Monday.

Rich Egger

Macomb held a brief, interfaith ceremony Sunday afternoon to pay its respects to the victims of Friday’s mass murder in a Connecticut school.

Donnie Case, Senior Minister at Maple Avenue Christian Church, helped organize the vigil. He thought there might be others in the community wrestling with some of the same emotions he felt.

“I’m a father of three children. I remember Friday night just thinking, ‘Wow, how blessed I am that this didn’t happen in Macomb, and how heartbreaking it must be for the parents that are going through it,’” Case said.

Rich Egger

Crews from Laverdiere Construction installed a roughly 1,500 pound sign on top of the northwest pillars in Chandler Park on December 5. The black, classically ornate sign is made of recycled metal. It was created by local artist Matt Myers.

“My stuff generally gets sent off to other states and I never see them again,” Myers said. “Macomb is my adopted hometown so it’s good to have something here.”

Mayor Mike Inman said it’s an ideal place for a sign given the amount of traffic that goes by the park every day on Highways 136 and 67.

Rich Egger

Macomb’s mayor and the head of the Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDCO) traveled halfway around the world to say “Thank you.” The gratitude was expressed in Japan to top executives at NTN Bower, which has operated a plant in Macomb since 1985 and this year announced a major expansion of the plant.

Mayor Mike Inman felt the city should respectfully thank corporate leaders in a face-to-face meeting.

“The Japanese culture puts a great deal of weight in those types of relationship protocols, shall we say,” Inman said.

Rich Egger

Politicians in western Illinois want to make sure those in Washington DC know support for Amtrak reaches across the aisle and across the miles.

Republican State Representatives Norine Hammond and Don Moffitt, Democratic State Senator John Sullivan, and the mayors of four western Illinois communities (Galesburg, Monmouth, Macomb, and Quincy) gathered at the Galesburg train depot to urge Congress to continue funding for passenger rail.

Rich Egger

Macomb is facing the same problem the Five Man Electrical Band sang about in 1971: “Signs, Signs, Everywhere there's signs, Blocking out the scenery, Breaking my mind.”

Macomb's issue is with all the signs being hung from the Chandler Park fence. It's a great location to hang a banner because it's right along the highway and across the street from the train depot. Numerous organizations have started placing banners there to promote various causes and events. But the city has a problem with the practice.

Rich Egger

Macomb is in the process of lining up the financing for its multi-year street repair program.

The goal is to have all the financial paperwork and the bond sale completed by October 1. Construction won't start until next spring but Mayor Mike Inman said the money is needed sooner because there is plenty to do between now and then.

“We're going to incur some engineering costs. These are not projects that are sitting on a shelf ready to roll. We're going to have some significant costs,” said Inman.

Rich Egger

The City of Macomb has taken steps to ensure the water continues to flow this summer despite the drought.

Mayor Mike Inman said water from one of the city's deep wells is being pumped into Spring Lake, which is the city's water source.

“The water manager started pumping from one of our deep wells the first week of July,” Inman said.

“We're pumping roughly 800 gallons a minute from that deep well into the lake, trying to maintain the water level there.”

The city has two deep wells. Both are at Spring Lake.

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