Politics and Government

Local officials using development model of Virginia town

Monticello, Illinois and Marion, Virginia have many similarities. Both are county seats. Their populations are within 400 people: Monticello at 5,516 and Marion at 5,905.


Former and current mayor remember Katrina

Ten years ago then Monticello Mayor Bill Mitze was watching the reports about the devastation from Hurricane Katrina and glanced at a map of the areas that were damaged.


Nursing home renovations on display Aug. 30

The public is invited on Aug. 30 to view the end result of nine months of renovations at the Piatt County Nursing Home. A total of 11 rooms have received new flooring, beds, dressers, night stands, wall coverings, curtains and sinks in the first phase of a three-phase project.


Piatt real estate taxes due Sept. 4

The second installment of the Piatt County Real Estate Taxes will be due Friday, Sept. 4.


Monticello school board narrows facility options to two proposals

The Monticello school board has narrowed its facility upgrade options to two, one (Plan ‘A’) that would build a new high school and another (Plan ‘C’) that would convert the 2003 Monticello Middle School building into a high school.


Renee Fruendt named to county board

The Piatt County Board filled its vacancy at its most recent session by unanimously appointing Renee Fruendt as the new representative for District #2. The vacancy occurred after Mike Wileaver resigned effective July 31.


Sewer upgrade could be on Monday agenda

Time and an expanded scope are the main factors that led to an increase in the cost estimate for a new wastewater (sewer) treatment plant for Monticello, according to city officials and their engineer.


Petitions available for potential candidates

According to Piatt County Clerk Colleen Kidd, the following county officials will be nominated by the Republican and Democratic parties at the Primary Election to be held on March 15, 2016: Circuit Clerk, State’s Attorney, one County Board member from each district.


Aquifer protection signed into law

Legislation granting extra protection to the Mahomet Aquifer and other aquifers in the state was signed into law Friday (Aug. 15) by Gov. Bruce Rauner.


Lieb family honored for aquifer protection

Several generations of the Robert “Bob” Lieb family were honored when Gov. Bruce Rauner showed up in Monticello Saturday to announce the signing of a bill to add state protections to Illinois’ underground aquifers.


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