In This Issue
College Scholarship Program
E-cycling Becomes Law
Energy Efficiency Pilot Program
New City Center Opens in Macomb
Communities Seek Funding
Dating Violence Now Has a Name
  Scholarship 2012

College Scholarship Program
Begins in February


The WIRC-CAA will have five - $1,500 scholarships for individuals desiring to further their educational training through an Illinois community college, vocational school, college or university. Applicants should be pursuing employment in a high need field and must be a resident of Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, or Warren counties. Scholarship recipients may apply the $1,500 towards tuition and fees, textbooks and supplies, or campus room and board.



 Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of financial eligibility, scholarship potential, and commitment to civic affairs, career goals and personal interviews.

   Applications will be available beginning February 21, 2012 from high school guidance counselors, college financial aid offices, the WIRC-CAA website and the office at  223 South Randolph St., Macomb, (309) 837-2997. Completed applications must be received at the WIRC-CAA by 4:00 PM on March 23,2010.


Tri-County Resource &

Waste Management Council   




As of January 1, 2012,  it is now unlawful to discard most electronic devices.  


The Tri-County Regional Collection Facility in Macomb and its satellite drop-off sites welcome all landfill banned electronics.  All residents in Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Mercer, Schuyler and Warren counties can drop off the following electronics FREE of charge:

  • DVD players
  • Computer cables 
  • Computer monitors
  • Desktop and laptop computers 
  • Keyboards
  • MP3 players
  • Mobile phones
  • Mice
  • Printers
  • PDAs
  • Printers
  • Scanners 
  • Stand alone FAX machines
  • Televisions
  • Video game consoles
  • Video cassette players/recorders
  • ZIP drives  

Additional equipment includes: cable boxes; cash registers; copiers; computer parts; networking equipment; satellite dishes; stereos; servers; typewriters; UPS batteries and VCRs.

Accepted household electronics items include:

  • Blenders (without glass), bread makers 
  • Cameras, carpet sweepers (corded or rechargeable), coffee makers, clocks 
  • ElectrIc knives
  • Fans, food sealing equipment, fryers
  • Hair cutters, hair dryers, heaters, holiday lights 
  • Irons
  • Massagers, metal tools (drills, etc.), microwaves, mixers 
  • Phones
  • Radios
  • Shaving equipment
  • Toaster ovens, toothbrushes
  • Vacuum cleaners (without bag) VHS tapes  

For drop-off sites go to;

then click on Tri-County Regional Collection Facility.


The TCRCF is sponsored by McDonough County with financial assistance from the cities of Galesburg, Macomb, Monmouth and Rushville and the counties of Fulton, Hancock, Henderson and Knox, and the Tri-County Resource and Waste Management Council (Mercer, McDonough and Warren counties).


DIRECTIONS  - Suzan Nash, Executive Director  

Suzan project Santa


This year, the Project Santa Program was able to provide a merrier holiday to 170 families and 427 children in the four Community Action Agency counties. Through many generous donations, sponsorships and staff/volunteer hours, the program had a very busy and successful season. We certainly expected the need to be great due to the current economy and we were not proven wrong. This was a very busy year and all of our donors, sponsors and volunteers came through helping us to complete the season.

Read more... 



Energy Efficiency Pilot Program Provides Possibilities to Municipalities, School Districts and More
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The Western Illinois Regional Council has entered into an agreement with the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners to assist in the management of a pilot regional Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) Application Outreach Program, offered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). This program will provide resources for WIRC to assist local municipalities and other eligible entities, such as school districts and housing authorities, in seeking funds to implement energy efficiency retrofit and upgrade projects. Funds from Illinois Energy Now are available to public sector Ameren Electric and Ameren gas customers. Read more... 



  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Opens New City Center 

City center cutting

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman cuts the ribbon at the City Center opening ceremony.  Also pictured left to right are WIU President Jack Thomas, McDonough County Board Chair Scott Schwerer and former  Macomb Mayor
Mick Wisslead.

On Friday, December 2, 2011, the City of Macomb and McDonough County Public Transportation conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the official opening of the City Center Bus Transfer and Amtrak Parking Facility at 305 North Randolph Street in Macomb.   Construction began in July on the new facility, which will serve as a transfer station for the Go West fixed route bus system and will also provide short and long-term parking for Amtrak passengers utilizing the Macomb depot. The total cost of the project was nearly $600,000 and was funded by a combination of state and local funds.   The Western Illinois Regional Council secured state funding in the amount of $525,000 for the facility through the State of Illinois capital improvement program. The City of Macomb and the MCPT provided nearly $75,000 of local funding to match the state grant funds.   WIRC staff administered the state grant funds.   The engineer for the project was Benton and Associates and the contractor was Otto Baum Construction of Morton, Illinois. Local and state officials from the city, county, Western Illinois University, IDOT, local economic development groups, Representative Norine Hammond's office and Senator John Sullivan's office participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony.  


Communities Seek Funding With Help From WIRC

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The Western Illinois Regional Council will be submitting six Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) Housing Rehabilitation grant applications to the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity on March 9, 2012, for the communities of: Village of Avon, City of Bushnell, City of Colchester, Village of Kirkwood, City of LaHarpe, and Village of London Mills. The maximum community request is approximately $430,000. Read more...  


 Dating Violence Now Has a Name 


Growing up, I knew that adult relationships sometimes involved control and violence as I saw one of my brothers-in-law using multiple ways of controlling my sister and their children, bringing fear and violence into their home. I never thought about teens and college students having relationships that could and would involve the same types of behaviors.   Read more...

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