The Bond Madison Water Company held their 12th annual meeting Tuesday night at the St. Nicholas Church Hall in Pocahontas, with 37 contract holders in attendance. President Max Kaegy reported that their water supplier, Illinois American, is requesting the Illinois Commerce Commission to grant them a 20% raise in water charges to customers, while the ICC itself could recommend a 30% increase.  Representatives from Bond Madison Water spoke in front of the ICC Tuesday, to appeal those requests.  Kaegy said that a final decision, by the ICC, will be made in August.  Contract holders can contact the Illinois Commerce Commission and let them know of the concerns towards the proposed rate increase.


In other business, Bob Massa presented information regarding the ongoing Phase 5 plans to construct another 30 miles of water main to serve another 550 customers.  The project should get underway next spring or summer.  Currently Bond Madison Water serves 2,100 rural customers with eight bulk-user communities connected by 310 miles of water main. 


The Treasurer's Report was released with an income in 2007 of $1.962 million and expenses of $1.901 million.  Max Kaegy, John Ginalick and Lawrence Schwarz were re-elected to the board.



Details of the one car accident on route 40 Sunday, have been released. According to a witness an 87 Cadillac driven by Jerry T. Bohannon age 66 or Greenville was traveling West on State Route 40 when he left the road on the North side traveled through a guardrail and hit a tree. Jerry Bohannon told the Bond County deputy he did not remember anything about the accident. 


Jerry Bohannon was taken to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries and was released.  His wife Nancy A. Bohannon was a passenger in the car and was taken to Greenville Regional and transferred to St. Louis University Hospital with injuries to her right leg and head.




Kaskaskia College recently announced that it will be hosting the 8th Annual District-Wide College Fair, in cooperation with area high schools, on Monday, March 10th from 6:30-8PM.  The fair will be held in the Student Center and any prospective college student and their parents are encouraged to attend.


Over 50 colleges have been invited to attend the fair to supply information and answer whatever questions there are. Many programs from KC will also be in attendance, as well as technical schools and military branches. For more information on the college fair, call 618-545-3048.




Attorney General Lisa Madigan has successfully reached a settlement agreement with HomeSavers USA, Inc. a North-Carolina-based business that violated Illinois’ Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act by falsely promising to negotiate with lenders on behalf of consumers.  HomeSavers USA, Inc will no longer offer or accept money for foreclosure rescue services in this state. 


Customers of HomeSavers USA have a chance to receive a full or partial refund of fees they paid to the defendants if they file a complaint with the Illinois Attorney General’s office by March 21st, 2008.  Madigan urges Illinois homeowners struggling with loan payments to avoid using these rescue fraud companies and contact their mortgage company or a HUD-certified counselor.  Homeowners can also call Madigan’s Homeowners’ Referral Helpline at 1-866-544-7151 in order to learn more about steps that can be taken to avoid foreclosure.  


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