Politics and Government

Bement bleachers going to a good cause

The old set of wood bleachers on the west side of the Bement High School gym had not been used for at least a decade, and were kind of getting in the way.

Bement board overturns zoning decision

The village board of Bement on May 12 voted to approve a variance allowing a homeowner to build a storage shed closer to the property line than allowed by the local zoning ordinance.

PZB endorses downtown safety gran program

Monticello’s planning and zoning board has endorsed the idea of a Downtown Safety Grant Program, sending it to the full city council for consideration.

Library board continues to discuss building plans

The Allerton Public Library Board may hold its second special meeting in as many months as design work continues on a new library building.

Council to address recycling concerns

With some residents in Monticello questioning whether garbage haulers are providing the required recycling service, city staff said Monday it will need to start verifying that part of a new waste hauling changes that went into effect last month.

Food and shelter funds approved for Piatt County

Piatt County has been chosen to receive $2,800 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

Discovery recount requested for Ward IV

A candidate from the April 7 election has taken the first step toward a possible challenge of the Ward IV Monticello city council vote totals.

Brian Fulton, who lost by just three votes, has asked for a discovery recount, which Piatt County Clerk Colleen Kidd said will occur on May 6.

Volunteer recruitment event in Monticello

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), along with the Waukegan and Monticello Main Street programs and Donna Ann Harris – the principal of Heritage Consulting Inc. – will host a “Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Strategies” Workshop at Urban Edge 220 W.

Programs aimed to boost downtown occupancy

Monticello is eyeing a pair of development programs they hope will boost occupancy in the historic downtown business district.

Agreement reached between DeWitt County and landfill owner

Ending a 7-year-long dispute, the DeWitt County Board on Thursday night (April 23) voted to approve a settlement agreement with the owners of Clinton Landfill that keeps PCBs and manufactured-gas-plant wastes out of the landfill.

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