Politics and Government

Plans to convert former Pizza Hut into a health clinic

A local developer is converting the former Pizza Hut property in Monticello into a medical clinic and is asking the city for Tax Increment Financing help.

Bement school board learns about STEM; recognizes award

Bement school board members took time out of their monthly meeting Aug. 9 to play with some science toys recently purchased by the school district.

Of course they were educational in nature, meant to emphasize STEM basics, but they were fun nonetheless.

EPA lawsuit against city officially settled

With a $12,500 check sent, the state’s lawsuit against the City of Monticello over sanitary sewer overflow violations has officially ended.

Ground breaking for DeLand water project

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Village of DeLand’s new water system will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. It is open to the public and will be held at the well site, located approximately five miles south of the village, on the west side of County Highway 5 (DeLand-Monticello Road) just north of the intersection with County Farm Road.

New alderman named to city council

The Monticello city council has a new alderman. Ian Clark, 39, has been appointed to the position vacated by the death of Lyle Murdock on June 15. The appointment was made by Mayor Larry Stoner at Monday’s city council meeting, and after unanimous ratification by the city council Clark was officially seated.

Henricks announces run for representative

Cerro Gordo's school board president announced Thursday he would run for representative of Illinois' 101st District.

Todd Henricks, a five-term school board member, will vie for the seat currently held by Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth), who has opted not to run again in 2018. Henricks, 61, will run in the Republican primary.

Davis to lead Congressional committee meeting at Farm Progress Show

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) has announced that he will host House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and other committee members at this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur on Aug. 30.

Mitchell to retire from General Assembly

State Rep. Bill Mitchell, a member of the Illinois House since 1999 and an assistant Republican leader in the chamber, said on Aug. 3 he will not run for re-election in 2018.

Mitchell said he had decided last year, during his last political campaign, that he would not run again.

More permanent fix for jail building A/C discussed

Continued problems with the heating and air conditioning systems at the Piatt County Public Safety Building may prompt the county to look at a more permanent fix.

The most recent issue is the system's inability to bring air temperature down to optimum “set points,” which are aimed at determining the most efficient operation.

School board approves personnel issues

After an executive session held at its July 19 meeting, the Monticello school approved the following personnel moves:

–approved resignations of Megan Howard, MHS assistant girls soccer coach and Chris Jones, and MHS assistant football coach;

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