Politics and Government

Lack of quorum delays zoning decisions

Lack of a quorum on Feb. 26 resulted in two Piatt County zoning requests being tabled until next month.

Site evaluations subject of special school board session

Evaluations of six possible sites for a new Monticello High School will be discussed at a special Monticello school board meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 9 at the high school.

Rep. Davis aide named to state General Assembly

Tim Butler, the district chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) has been selected as the 87th House District representative for the Illinois General Assembly. He was named by Republican leaders in Sangamon, Logan, Menard and Tazwell counties on Feb. 28.

Garbage hauling Q&A

With the upcoming changes after the City Council amended the ordinance, there may be some questions residents have regarding the residential waste hauling program. The City of Monticello has released the following Q&A concerning the new garbage hauling structure that goes into effect April 1.

Monticello fire considering truck purchase

Fire officials spoke to the Monticello City Council about purchasing a combination pumper/rescue truck, which is estimated to cost around $632,000. With the sale of old vehicles that could drop to about $572,000.

Rep. Mitchell on new education committee

Area State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) will be focusing on education and energy policies in the new 99th General Assembly, as Illinois House committee appointments were announced over the weekend.

High speed fiber starting to reap benefits

A four-year process to upgrade and interconnect phones at Piatt County government buildings has finally been declared complete.

Mayor responds to unemployment form criticism

Monticello Mayor Chris Corrie on Monday defended the city’s handling of an unemployment claim by a city hall employee who was fired in October.

Two dispatch numbers to combine

Beginning March 1, those residing in Monticello will need to call 217-762-5761 to talk to a dispatcher. Currently the city has its own non-emergency number, 762-2121, which already rings at both the city police station and county dispatch center.

School boards lining up behind Vision 20/20

“Vision 20/20” is on the lips of many educators and school board members these days after the comprehensive education reform package was unveiled recently.

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