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The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

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Charleston City Mayor Brandon Combs introduces an ordinance for the Tax Increment Financing during the City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Charleston City Council approves budget for fiscal year

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor March 22, 2023

Approving the City Budget for the Fiscal Year beginning May 1, 2023, and ending April 30, 2024. City Council met Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and approved 18 items that were on the agenda. The engineering...

For business and customer safety, 200 feet south of the alleyway outside of Ikes on Lincoln Avenue will be blocked off by the Charleston Police Department on Mar. 4 for the Unofficial celebration.

City Council approves street to be shut down during Unofficial

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor February 22, 2023

City Council has approved to close down the street during Unofficial. With the Unofficial/ St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, the Charleston City Council has approved to closing down the street 200 ft....

Councilman Dennis Malak steps up for Charleston Mayor Brandon Combs, who was absent at the City Council meeting on Mar. 1 at City Hall. Malak is addressing the public to see if there is any audience presentation. At the meeting the Council stopped declaring a local state of emergency because of the state-wide lift on mask requirements.

City Council approves of 189,468 ozone generator rebuild

Rob Le Cates, Editor-in-Chief June 8, 2022

The Charleston City Council voted 4-0 in favor of the $189,468 ozone generator rebuild at the water treatment plant during Tuesday night’s meeting. The old generator has served the plant for more...

Charleston Mayor Brandon Combs reads off a resolution for a street maintenance material bid during the Tuesday evening City Council meeting at City Hall.

City Council approves of $99,237 street maintenance materials

Rob Le Cates, Editor-in-Chief May 17, 2022

Charleston City Council voted in favor 4-0 of a $99,237 bid award for street maintenance materials during Tuesday night’s meeting. The award was given to three companies: Ne-Co Asphalt, Mid-Illinois...

Charleston City Council Members Tim Newell and Jeff Lahr converse at the end of the Nov. 2 City Council meeting. During the meeting, the council voted on awarding a bid to R&R Services, Inc. from Argenta, Ill., to perform landscape waste tub grinding for the city. The total cost is $45,000 and the funds for the project have already been counted for in Charleston’s FY22 budget.

City Council rejects bid for project at Sister City Park

Madelyn Kidd, News Editor January 18, 2022

The Charleston City Council unanimously approved an item rejecting all bids for the Sister City Phase II Maintenance Building Project. Charleston Mayor Brandon Combs said there was one bid for the project,...

Charleston City Council Members Tim Newell and Jeff Lahr converse at the end of the Nov. 2 City Council meeting. During the meeting, the council voted on awarding a bid to R&R Services, Inc. from Argenta, Ill., to perform landscape waste tub grinding for the city. The total cost is $45,000 and the funds for the project have already been counted for in Charleston’s FY22 budget.

City Council set to vote on $5M in tax levies

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief December 6, 2021

Charleston City Council members will vote on the annual tax levy ordinance that will total $5,151,092. The largest amounts levied are $1,721,444 for police pension, $1,715,557 for fire pension and $412,604...

Natalie Mitlyng, a senior pre-med major, represents Easterns Student Government External Affairs Committee at the City Council meeting Tuesday evening. Mitlyng spoke to introduce herself and to update the council on what the committee has done for the past few semesters.

City council approves bid for new equipment for fire department

Rob Le Cates, Assistant Photo Editor November 16, 2021

Charleston City Council approved a bid for 35 new self-contained-breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment for the fire department Tuesday evening. The total cost for the new SCBAs is $247,450 but the fire...

Charleston City Council Members Tim Newell and Jeff Lahr converse at the end of the Nov. 2 City Council meeting. During the meeting, the council voted on awarding a bid to R&R Services, Inc. from Argenta, Ill., to perform landscape waste tub grinding for the city. The total cost is $45,000 and the funds for the project have already been counted for in Charleston’s FY22 budget.

City council approves waste tub grinding bid

Luke Taylor, News Editor November 2, 2021

Charleston City Council approved a bid for a company to provide landscape waste tub grinding for the city. “Tub grinding” is a process where vegetative waste, especially wood, is thrown into a tub-shaped...

Charleston City Council member, Jeff Lahr, gives approval to an agenda item at the City Council meeting Oct. 19, 2021.

City Council to vote on waste tub grinding bid

Luke Taylor, News Editor November 1, 2021

Charleston’s City Council will vote on awarding a bid to a company to perform landscape waste tub grinding for the city. The lowest bidder for the project was R&R Services, Inc. from Argenta,...

Charleston Mayor, Brandon Combs, asks if anyone from the audience wants to address the Council at the City Council meeting Oct. 19, 2021.

Companies approved for $7.4M wastewater treatment

Elizabeth Wood, Multimedia Reporter October 19, 2021

The Charleston City Council approved engineering companies for the $7.4 million The Wastewater Treatment Plant Nutrient Removal Project Tuesday night.   Mayor Brandon Combs said the project is...

Charleston Mayor, Brandon Combs, reads a resolution at the City Council meeting Oct. 5, 2021.

City Council to vote on company for $7.4M project

Luke Taylor, News Editor October 18, 2021

Charleston’s city council will vote on contracts for engineering services to work on the $7.4 million Wastewater Treatment Plant Nutrient Removal Project. The first contract would be with Donohue...

Charleston Mayor, Brandon Combs, reads a resolution at the City Council meeting Oct. 5, 2021.

City Council approves $7.4M bid

Luke Taylor, News Editor October 5, 2021

Charleston’s City Council approved a $7.4 million bid for a Wastewater Treatment Plant Nutrient Removal Project. The project was awarded to the lowest bidder, Williams Brothers Construction of East...

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