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Chatham Village Board discusses water maintenance projects

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Water was the main issue discussed at the Chatham Village Board meeting. There was a short explanation of the plans to paint some of the tanks. Some preparation is necessary to ensure steady water pressure in the system as different tanks and pumps are brought online.

The more serious issue dealt with damaged pipes. These pipes are crush and slowly filling with sand and other debris. While this is an issue in its own right, the scope and type of damage indicates that poor workmanship, rather than normal wear-and-tear, is likely the principle cause of the damage. However, the documentation relating to this project was not immediately available, although the board is trying to locate it. Public comment also shed light on potential issues with other water projects in years past, suggesting there may be other issues at play.

In other village business, the Fiscal Year ’18 budget is almost ready. Labor negotiations are still ongoing, so the budget will have to wait for those to concluded before it can be finalized.

You can watch the full meeting below:

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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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