Politics and Government

Local health, hospital officials working on Ebola plan

Ebola is far from being a pandemic at this point in the United States, but Piatt County health officials are taking the issue seriously. DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department and Kirby Medical Center representatives have been meeting to have a plan in place should the situation get more serious.

Totes may be added to trash hauling options

There was plenty of trash talk at the Monticello City Council meeting Tuesday, as aldermen spent an hour pondering changes to the town's garbage hauling system.

County board approves tentative budget

The Piatt County Board has approved a tentative, balanced budget of $6,652,101 for the coming fiscal year. Board members were pleased the budget was balanced and praised department heads for “working hard to keep it that way.” The 2015 budget is only slightly increased from the 2014 budget of $6,650,743.

Community leader dies at 99

Whenever there was an opportunity for public service in Monticello, Charles “Chick” Finson usually took it. The former Monticello school board, city council, and Kirby Hospital board member died on Oct. 6 at the age of 99.

Mahomet Aquifer Summit in Monticello Oct. 18


The Mahomet Aquifer Protection Alliance will present a Piatt County Mahomet Aquifer Summit from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in the Ballroom of the Monticello Community Building (Allerton Library). It is free and open to the public, with registration starting at 9 a.m.

Sexual abuse arrest in Bement

A bus driver, assistant cheerleading sponsor and pool manager in Bement was arrested last week and is accused of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Board of Managers wants exit date for Library

Allerton Public Library’s landlord is beginning to plan for a time when the library will not inhabit the Monticello Community Building.

The Monticello Township Community Building Board of Managers may also be considering a rent hike for its largest tenant.

Digital radios being considered for Sheriff's department

It would cost more than previously considered options, but Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt feels upgrading to a digital radio system for his deputies would solve radio reception issues more completely than a bandaid approach that had been looked at for the current analog units.

Eleven apply for cultivation center permit in District 10

The two Piatt County sites being considered for a possible cannabis cultivation center will get plenty of competition for the one permit that will be granted in this area's state police district.

Ash Borers found in Monticello

Monticello residents who have ash trees on their property may be disposing of them in the next few years unless they apply costly treatment to combat emerald ash borers.

With the help of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the city put out four traps to see if the town had the aggressive pests, and it delivered bad news.

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