Politics and Government

Shonkwiler memorial could be scaled back

A memorial to honor one of Piatt County’s most distinguished judges is still likely, but may not include a gazebo on the courthouse lawn as originally planned.


Housecleaning planned to provide more office space for county

Piatt County officials hope some housecleaning at the Piatt County Office Building will help clear some space in the courthouse for office space as well as shuffling of storage to safer locales.


'No Knock' registry approved

Citing a need to balance fraud prevention with a solicitors’ First Amendment rights, the Monticello city council on May 29 approved a change in its ordinances that now include a “No Knock” registry. Residents may now sign up for a “do not call”-style list that prohibits salesmen from knocking on their door.


Aquifer protection discussed in Monticello

One day after the Illinois House approved a measure aimed at protecting central Illinois’ main groundwater source, State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) told a Mahomet Aquifer Task Force subcommittee Friday (June 1) there is still a lot of work to do.


Saturday service numbers still low for Piattran

The outgoing director of Piatt County Transportation hopes the county does not give up on Saturday service, despite the low ridership numbers since the seasonal offering was implemented in the summer of 2016.


More detailed accounting on the way for nursing home

An outside accountant is getting a handle on income and outflow at the Piatt County Nursing Home since being hired last September, but is still not prepared to say how much the facility lost in the fiscal year that ended Dec. 1.


Gender-neutral shower room on the way at Monticello pool

Monticello City Administrator Terry Summers hopes the installation of a gender-neutral bathroom at the Monticello Family Aquatic Center will make every patron feel comfortable this summer.


Real estate tax bills on the way

Piatt County tax bills have been mailed. The first installment is due June 15 and the second installment is due Sept. 4.


Students take part in Tech 2018

Students from Blue Ridge Intermediate Junior High in Mansfield and from Monticello Middle School were in Springfield May 10 as part of TECH 2018. State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) met with the students and they demonstrated their project in the Capitol.


New Piattran director sought

Piatt County is looking for a new transportation director after the resignation of Eileen Sierra-Brown. Her resignation was reluctantly accepted by the county board on May 9.


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