Author: Melanie Falk


MACOMB, IL — Due to the extreme summer temperatures and high humidity that will affect the region this week, two of Western Illinois University’s residence halls and the University Union are designated as cooling centers for area residents.

Corbin and Olson commons will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 through 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21 for anyone in need of a place to cool off. Drinking water refilling stations are located on the first floors of Corbin and Olson halls.

The University Union is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday. The Union is closed Sunday. A drinking water refilling station is located near the University union Bookstore entrance and on the first floor near the Office of Student Activities.

Burger King is open in the University Union 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Sodexo will also have food available for purchase in the Corbin-Olson Dining Center (hours subject to change). for dining hours, visit



Beginning Wednesday, July 17, 2019, Waste Management will be starting their routes one-half
hour earlier than normal, due to the severity of the heat index. The starting time will be 5:30 a.m. This schedule will continue until further notice.

Waste Management suggests residents place their carts at the curb the night before their scheduled pickup day.

We appreciate the cooperation of our residents during this heat advisory.

Enterprise Zone Information

Contact: Office of Community Development
City of Macomb

From the Office of Community Development:

Starting July 1, 2019 the Office of Community Development will begin charging building permit fees to all applicants in the Enterprise Zone who choose not to apply for an enterprise zone abatement. That is, only those projects that apply for the material sales tax abatement would have their building permit fees waived.

From the Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation:

The Macomb/Bushnell Enterprise Zone offers distinctive local incentives to enhance business development efforts. Local incentives include a nearly 100% property tax abatement on the total assessed increased valuation of improvements, waiver of permit fees, streamlined building code and zoning requirements, and access to local revolving loan funds (RLF). Additionally, the state permits a sales tax exemption on all permanently affixed building materials when purchased from a qualified retailer.


The City of Macomb and Western Illinois University announced that final plans have been made for the 2019 annual Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Events will take place in Q-Lot, on the Western Illinois University Campus. Q-lot is located on University Drive on the east side of Western Hall. Gates will open at 5:00PM. All activities will take place in “Q-lot” and in addition to the Macomb Municipal Band, The King Graffiti Band from Macomb, Il, will provide musical entertainment. The “presentation of the colors” will be conducted by the combined Honor Guard from Macomb American Legion Post #6 and The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1921. Folks attending are encouraged to park in Qlot, bring lawn chairs and enjoy the entertainment and food vendor. The food vendor this year is Hy vee and Boss Food Truck, which will be set up on the south side of Q-lot. The entertainment stage will be placed in the southwest corner of Q-lot. “Bring your family and friends and enjoy the Macomb Municipal Band, The King Graffiti Band, and food before the fireworks display,” Mayor Mike Inman said. “Entertainment will begin at 5:30PM this year and will go until 9:00PM,” Inman added. The fireworks display will start at approximately 9:15PM. In the event of rain, the fireworks display will take place on July 5th, same time and location.

“We are grateful for the partnership we have with WIU and the use of their facilities,” stated Mayor Inman. More information can be found at Facebook\downtownmacomb or at