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Around the Tri States: Pre-trial scheduled for suspect in Macomb shooting death; update on Macomb CPA charged with theft

Around The Tri States
Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

A weekly roundup of news from around the region.

Pre-trial scheduled for suspect in Macomb shooting death 

A jury pre-trial is scheduled for late next month for a man accused of a fatal shooting in Macomb.

Dylan Lovato is charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty and has requested a jury trial.

Prosecutors say Lovato fatally shot Ivan Almanza in the head at an apartment near the Western Illinois University campus in March.

Almanza was an acquaintance of Lovato’s ex-girlfriend.

Update on Macomb CPA accused of theft

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for late October for a Macomb accountant charged with felony theft.

Prosecutors accuse Allan P. Reusch, 68, of making transactions from a checking account owned by BBB Inc. during a two-year period.

The transactions totaled nearly $110,000.

Monmouth awarded economic development grant

The city of Monmouth has been awarded a $68,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Monmouth will use the funds to create an economic development strategy.

The focus will be on private investments in commercial, industrial, and residential opportunities.

Monmouth is among 42 communities statewide to receive the grants, which are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

The grants are designated to accelerate local economy recovery initiatives.

Bid approved for test well drilling in Macomb

Macomb is taking the next step toward building a new water treatment plant.

The city council this week approved an $849,070 bid for test well drilling at the proposed site of the new plant at Grant and Ward streets.

Macomb currently gets 60%-70% of its water from Spring Lake. The rest comes from a deep well.

The city administration believes a new plant using water from deep wells will ensure Macomb has a good and reliable source for water.

The current plant dates back to the 1920s and sits in a floodplain in Glenwood Park.

The city has estimated the entire water treatment plant project will cost $20-$25 million. Funding could come from an EPA loan.

More information about the project is available here.

Knox College to host Constitution debate

Knox College will host a public debate on Constitution Day to discuss whether the United States needs a new Constitution.

The debate will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 on the east side of Old Main – the historic site of the fifth Lincoln-Douglas Debate in 1858.

Fordham University law professor Julie Suk and University of Texas law and government professor Jeffrey Tulis will debate the topic, followed by questions from the audience.

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