Politics and Government

Monticello approves 2015 budget

The Monticello City Council took care of some end-of-year business at a short, 25-minute meeting on Monday, Dec. 8. Included was approval of the 2015 budget, as well as the tax levy ordinance.

Bement approves holiday donations

The Bement village board was in a giving mood during its monthly meeting just before the holidays.

Bement awarded $160,000 grant

A year ago when the Bement Village Board decided to shell out around $18,000 in engineering fees to draft plans for a Safe Routes to Schools grant, some saw it as a gamble.

Permit for shooting range withdrawn

Joel Ripper hopes a third application for a special use permit will be the charm, but it apparently will not result in a shooting range for his rural White Heath property.

Body cameras may be added for Monticello police

As the grand jury decision was announced in Missouri Monday not to indict a police officer for the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old, Monticello Police Chief John Carter was outlining his case to install cameras in all eight of his squad cars.

More detail if referendum is tried again (FULL STORY)

What’s next for Monticello school facilities?

Special school board session Dec. 15

The Monticello school board will hold a special meeting Dec.

More detail to be provided if referendum goes back on ballot

What's next for Monticello school facilities?

More detail.

That seemed to be the consensus of school board members Wednesday in their first meeting since voters turned down a ballot question to build a new high school.

Piatt County maps now online

Piatt County’s plat map has officially gone digital.

Monticello earns another suburb honor

Monticello was recently ranked 43rd on a list of the top suburbs in America, but it ranked even higher when the same online publication figured out what it felt were the suburbs with the best value.

Topping the list was Peoria-area suburb Morton, and Monticello came in 21st, according to Business Insider, a business and technology news website.

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