Politics and Government

More detail to be provided if referendum goes back on ballot

What's next for Monticello school facilities?

More detail.

That seemed to be the consensus of school board members Wednesday in their first meeting since voters turned down a ballot question to build a new high school.


Piatt County maps now online

Piatt County’s plat map has officially gone digital.


Monticello earns another suburb honor

Monticello was recently ranked 43rd on a list of the top suburbs in America, but it ranked even higher when the same online publication figured out what it felt were the suburbs with the best value.

Topping the list was Peoria-area suburb Morton, and Monticello came in 21st, according to Business Insider, a business and technology news website.


Liquor license re-issued in Bement

A Bement watering hole that was closed abruptly the weekend of Nov. 1-2 will reopen its doors after receiving approval of a renewed liquor license from the village board.


City, county pursuing Brownfields grant

The City of Monticello and Piatt County will be partnering with Champaign and Douglas counties in an effort to receive a Brownfields Assessment Grant.  The Brownfields program is administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and provides funding for the assessment and cleanup of sites with potentially hazardous materials in an effort to improve economic


Long-range plans again the focus at city council

The Monticello City Council approved several ordinances on its agenda during Monday’s regular meeting, and council members also considered some major proposals looking ahead to the future.


Added tax cost kept some from voting for new school

Some of those who voted ‘no’ on the ballot issue that would have funded a new Monticello High School aren’t necessarily anti-new school, but instead seem to be anti-higher taxes.


Students First debriefs after election

Would the Monticello building bond referendum had passed if a building site and plan were more certain?

That was one idea queried by the Students First committee, a pro-referendum group that held a post-election session Monday night at the high school.


Election tidbits

Monticello school referendum
YES – 1,983 NO – 2,356
• Monticello 2 and Willow Branch were the only precincts that voted in favor of the building referendum.


Spencer defeats Piatt for county board

Incumbent Democrat Kathleen Piatt was defeated by Republican challenger Ray Spencer in the Piatt County Board District 1 race Tuesday. Spencer took the election by a vote of 1,317 to 1,199.


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