Politics and Government

District 1 features only contested county board race

In the only contested race for Piatt County Board on Nov. 4, incumbent Democrat Kathleen Piatt is being challenged by Republican challenger Ray Spencer for District 1, which encompasses most of the northern half of the county.

School issues on Nov. 4 ballot

Voters in the Monticello school district will decide on Nov. 4 whether to fund construction of a new high school. It is one of several referendum questions on Piatt County ballots.

Monticello looks at draft bike plan

Long range plans were the theme of the Monticello City Council, Monday night, as aldermen saw drafts for a bicycle network master plan, along with a trio of documents aimed at guiding city planners for decades.

Congressional candidates square off in debate

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and Democratic challenger Ann Callis of Edwardsville waited until after the TV cameras were turned off on Oct. 16 to address the attacks that allies of both campaigns have lobbed across party lines.

Aquifer summit held in Monticello

When former Champaign City Manager Steve Carter heard owners of the Clinton Landfill wanted to store PCB’s above the Mahomet Aquifer, he thought “this is one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Local health, hospital officials working on Ebola plan

Ebola is far from being a pandemic at this point in the United States, but Piatt County health officials are taking the issue seriously. DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department and Kirby Medical Center representatives have been meeting to have a plan in place should the situation get more serious.

Totes may be added to trash hauling options

There was plenty of trash talk at the Monticello City Council meeting Tuesday, as aldermen spent an hour pondering changes to the town's garbage hauling system.

County board approves tentative budget

The Piatt County Board has approved a tentative, balanced budget of $6,652,101 for the coming fiscal year. Board members were pleased the budget was balanced and praised department heads for “working hard to keep it that way.” The 2015 budget is only slightly increased from the 2014 budget of $6,650,743.

Community leader dies at 99

Whenever there was an opportunity for public service in Monticello, Charles “Chick” Finson usually took it. The former Monticello school board, city council, and Kirby Hospital board member died on Oct. 6 at the age of 99.

Mahomet Aquifer Summit in Monticello Oct. 18


The Mahomet Aquifer Protection Alliance will present a Piatt County Mahomet Aquifer Summit from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in the Ballroom of the Monticello Community Building (Allerton Library). It is free and open to the public, with registration starting at 9 a.m.

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