Politics and Government

County shows population growth

Piatt County was one of the only ones in Illinois that saw population growth between 2015 and 2016.

The biggest loser in new estimates out last week from the U.S. Census Bureau: Cook County, which experienced a population plunge unlike any of America’s 3,141 other counties.

Governor speaks in Monticello

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner promised voters after being elected in 2016 that he was in for the long haul in regards to government reform, and he reaffirmed it at the Piatt County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on March 21 in Monticello.

CG board discusses upcoming referendum question

As the vote for the Cerro Gordo school renovations and addition rapidly approaches, board members expressed optimism about the possible outcome at their monthly meeting March 15.

School board gives support to proposed subdivision

The Monticello school board on March 15 approved a handshake agreement with Kirby Medical Center that would make up for lost real estate tax revenues to the school if the hospital develops a 32-acre, 104-unit subdivision on land the hospital owns within a Tax Increment Financing district.

Subdivision planned on Kirby campus

A 104-unit subdivision is being proposed for 32 aces of Kirby Medical Center-owned property near the Monticello hospital.

DeLand board hopes water project is on track

Senior Structural Engineer Jeff Large of Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. informed the DeLand village board March 6 that he anticipates breaking ground in June for the village’s upgrade to its water system.

Summer building work planned for Bement schools

An estimated $2.8 million in facility improvements that will include more secure entryways for schools in Bement took another step forward last week. School board members voted on March 8 to pay $425,000 up front to energy consultant Opterra Energy in order to proceed with the project, which school officials hope can be completed this summer.

Sculptures could be added to downtown landscape

A public art program could soon result in sculptures being on display in downtown Monticello.

CGHS principal heading to Bement

Cerro Gordo Junior/Senior High School Principal Steve Cline will move about 10 miles down Route 105 next school year, where he will be the district-wide assistant principal for the Bement school district.

Mansfield seeks grant, loan for water main upgrades

The Village of Mansfield is pursuing grants and low-interest loans for a possible $1 million upgrade of its water main system. Engineer Doug Overmyer told the village board March 6 the next step toward applying for USDA Rural Development help is to conduct a formal engineering survey.

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