Politics and Government

Bement approves liquor license for new business

There was a lot of discussion at Bement’s village board meeting this month, but only a few actions were taken on items at the Jan. 13 meeting.

The board voted unanimously to grant the village’s final liquor license to Kim Snyder for her new business Makin’ Pizza. Snyder said she plans on selling beer and wine with meals.


Drainage project approved for Cerro Gordo

A $240,000 drainage project was given the go-ahead by Cerro Gordo village board members at a meeting Monday, Jan. 12.


Business receives permit to allow residential use

After years of use as a museum then as an art gallery, a downtown-area building in Monticello may revert back to its residential roots.

The city council on Monday also discussed the progress of a community garden, approved changes to its waste hauling ordinance, and heard a complaint from an employee who was dismissed in October.


Speed limit dropping on most Mansfield streets

Motorists in Mansfield should be prepared to slow down. The village board earlier this month opted to lower its speed limit to 20 mph on many local streets. The exceptions are U.S. 150 through town, Washington Street between U.S.


New Gaitros RLA proposal approved by ZBA

The on again, off again airstrip proposal for rural property north of Cerro Gordo is apparently on again. After getting approval Thursday (Jan.


Davis pushes EPA on aquifer designation

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) today (Jan. 23) sent a letter urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete the review process and announce a decision on the petition to designate the Mahomet Aquifer system as a sole source aquifer.  


Davis named to Administration committee

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), announced on Dec. 30 he was selected to serve on the Committee on House Administration for the 114th Congress.


King takes part in inauguration

The Illinois National Guard supported the inauguration of Governor Bruce Rauner, Jan. 12, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois.

Taking part in the event was Sgt. Jacob A. King, a member of the 233rd Military Police Company in Springfield and member of the color guard at the inauguration.


Committee discusses animal control changes

Changes made to the Piatt County animal control department could result in about $15,000 in savings annually, but there was concern expressed at a committee meeting last week that the new officer may not have all of the equipment he needs to do the job.


Area lawmakers appointed to leadership positions

This area’s representative and senator have both been named to leadership positions in the 99th Illinois General Assembly. It includes both House member Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) and Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet).


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