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Jacksonville pool project moves forward at city council meeting

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Plans to improve the Nichols Park pool cleared an important hurdle at last night’s city council meeting. After hearing proposals from three firms, Water’s Edge Aquatics was chosen by the selection committee. The decision was approve by the council.

Water’s Edge Aquatics will now perform a study and make a recommendation to the council about what direction the improvement project should go in. Those recommendations will then be reviewed by the city council. Work will begin once funding is approved for the project. However, Alderman Warmowski told me that although selecting a firm was an important step, the whole process may still take several more years.

The city also voted to amend the Liquor Ordinance and remove two liquor license. Pizza Hut is giving up their license, and Casey’s is also losing one.

Alderman Patterson also discussed her upcoming ordinance proposal limiting where and when dumpsters can be parked. She noted that there are no rules about placing dumpsters in parking areas for extended periods of time if the dumpster is being used for an approved purpose.

You can watch the full meeting below.

Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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SJ-R writers march for a contract

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2007 was the year President George W. Bush sent the “surge” of troops to Iraq, the iPhone was released, and the subprime mortgage bubble popped. It was also when writers at the State Journal-Register (SJR) last got a raise. Even after forming a union in 2012, the newsroom writers are still fighting to get their first contract with GateHouse Media. GateHouse Media is part of the New Media Investment Group, which acquired the SJR in 2007. They are based in Fairport, New York,

Today, members of the local United Media Guild marched to demand a labor contract. Those negotiations are ongoing in St. Louis, and have made some progress. A deal struck last year will guarantee a one percent raise in September of this year, and a 1.75 percent raise in October of next year. The marchers were joined by members of other local labor unions including AFSCME.

The local United Media Guild is part of The NewsGuild-CWA which represents 25,000 journalists and media workers across the nation.

You can see our interviews with Union representatives in the video player above, and watch some of the march in the player below.

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LIVE | Village of Chatham, IL Board Meeting – May 22nd, 2018

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LIVE | Village of Chatham, IL Board Meeting – May 22nd, 2018

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Boys & Girls Club unveils new playground

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The Boys & Girls Club of Central Illinois has undergone a major facilities improvement thanks to the “Renovation Across the Nation” grant from Lowe’s. This $50,000 grant allowed the Club not just to add a new playground, but also fix the parking lot, HVAC system, and women’s restroom.

While Lowe’s provided the money, that funding went further because of all of the manpower provided by other local businesses and labor organizations. Playground equipment is expensive just to purchase, and installing it is another set of costs as well. Support from Siciliano Construction, Bunn, Equipment Operator’s Local 965, Prather-Tucker Architects, and Carpenter’s Local 270 was a huge multiplier for the grant dollars.

You can watch the full unveiling in the player, courtesy of the Boys and Girls Club. You can learn more about them on the Facebook page or their website.

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