Politics and Government

Downtown surge on the way?

Monticello community development director Callie McFarland admits there is no firm data proving that special efforts over the past year are helping fill empty downtown buildings.


School districts pursue bonds in anticipation of tax caps

Two of the four Piatt County-based school districts have now purchased working cash bonds to prepare for the possibility of statewide real estate property tax caps. The other two school systems will consider the same option over the next week.


Foundation in for library building

A mild and fairly dry January helped contractors make progress at the Allerton Public Library’s building site in January. That according to a report given at the library board meeting on Feb. 3.


Sebens to serve as interim city superintendent

Less than a year after retiring as the City of Monticello’s public works director, Gary Sebens is returning to city service as its interim superintendent of city services.


Tours to educate on high school conversion

If the current Monticello High School building is an outdated structure for high schoolers, how will it work for elementary school students?


Long history of building as a bank likely over

The northwest corner of Washington and State streets in Monticello was home to a myriad of businesses from 1872 through 1924, including a post office, barbers, grocers and the Moore Opera House.


Funding for colleges aim of new legislation

There’s another option for legislators to consider in the effort to find funding for Illinois higher education.


Last council meeting for Allsop

After being in attendance for at least 500 city council sessions over the past 20 years, Monday was the last for Floyd Allsop – at least as Superintendent of City Services. He retires from that post Feb. 5.


LaPlace residents concerned about zoning request

Nearly two hours of testimony by LaPlace residents convinced the Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals on Jan. 21 to not recommend a zoning change for Topflight Grain Cooperative in the non-incorporated community.


Site determined for new school

The Monticello school district officially has a site for a new high school if voters approve funding for it on March 15.


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