Politics and Government

Giving back helping mother to

One Piatt County Resident is honoring the memory of her son by giving back to the community. Anne Drummond received a certificate of recognition at the April Piatt County Board meeting thanking her for her donation of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Piatt County Sherriff’s Office.

Parks, fiber, defamation all topics at council session

Monticello city officials learned Monday that City Superintendent Floyd Allsop was being sued for defamation of character by former employee Brett Thompson.

Bement increases Fourth of July donation

Bement’s two major summer celebrations dominated discussion at the Bement Village Board meeting April 8. The board decided to increase its donation to the Fourth of July fireworks, and hope to allow use of an eight-passenger golf cart for Old Glory Days despite the fact the village does not have a golf cart ordinance.

Digitization progressing at Allerton Public Library

A project that is scanning past Piatt County newspapers with the intention of posting them online is about half complete, but Allerton Public Library Director Lisa Winters told library board members last week (April 2) that the high speed fiber optic connection will need to be online before the papers can be uploaded.

Monticello named one of safest cities in Illinois

Monticello has been named the 17th safest city in Illinois in a listing compiled by Utah-based security company SafeWise. The report is based on violent and property crimes as reported to the FBI for 2012, the most recent year such data was available. The company compiles the listing annually.

Bement community uniting to battle drugs

A meeting to discuss drug abuse in Bement Wednesday night ended up being part group therapy, part brain-storming, and a healthy dose of realization.

Piatt County multiplier again set at 1.0000

Piatt County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Brian Hamer, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Changes proposed to mega-livestock siting rules


A bill introduced in the Illinois House would allow county boards to refuse the siting of large livestock operations within their borders.

Input sought for Monticello's comprehensive plan

The City of Monticello is asking those with connections to the city to take an online survey to help in the drafting of a long-range comprehensive plan.

Restaurant owner thanks city employees

When Haresh Patel saw city workers fixing a water main in sub-zero temperatures earlier this year, he wanted to help. He was not qualified to hop in the hole and assist in the repair, but the Monticello Subway owner was more than capable of serving city employees a free breakfast last Friday.

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