Politics and Government

Courthouse elevator work to begin soon

With the rehab of the Piatt County courthouse’s 60-year-old elevator set to begin later this month, the Piatt County building and grounds committee discussed on March 7 how to handle disruptions that an out of commission lift will cause.

Q&A with candidates for sheriff

Two-term Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt is being challenged in the Republican primary by Kyle Turngren, who serves as one of Hunt’s correctional officers at the Piatt County jail in Monticello.

Q&A with circuit clerk candidates

The two-way race for Circuit Clerk on the Republican Ballot March 20 features Laurie Birch, who was appointed to the post last April, and challenger Seth Floyd, currently a correctional officer at the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office.

There is no candidate on the Democratic primary ballot.

Monticello council back on garbage pickup discussion

The idea of contracting garbage pickup with a single waste hauling company is back on the table in Monticello.

The option was considered during an ordinance rewrite in 2015, but the city eventually created a structure that currently allows three companies to compete for local business.

Democrat awaits winner of three-way GOP primary

Jen McMillin is waiting in the wings as three Republicans battle it out for their right to represent the party in the general election in November for the 101st Illinois House District.

As the only Democrat on the ballot, she will face the GOP victor.

Population at the nursing home still on the rise

Tweaks continue to be made at the Piatt County Nursing Home to meet the new director’s goals of becoming more community minded.

Public meeting to discuss future of Cerro Gordo policing

A meeting to discuss the future of policing in Cerro Gordo is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the Cerro Gordo Civic Center at 304 E. North St.

Bid approved for CG school project

Bids for the Cerro Gordo High School building project came in about 10 percent higher than expected, but the use of an alternate bid system allowed the school board to select a contractor and stay within the $8 million budget that voters approved last April.

Jail violence becomes campaign issue

The Piatt County Sheriff’s race took to social media last week, with challenger Kyle Turngren accusing incumbent Republican David Hunt of not being transparent about violence at the Piatt County Jail when it housed Cook County inmates from 2012 to 2016.

Ivesdale lookng for board member

The village board is looking for a trustee to fill the seat of Jim Teague, who passed away on Feb. 4.

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