Politics and Government

Energy savings touted at Bement school board meeting

The Bement school board learned last week that it could save about $2,200 per year on energy costs by signing on with the Future Green Energy Consortium, a not-for-profit group initiative led by four Illinois school groups.

Business booming at mental health center

Business is booming at the Piatt County Mental Health Center, according to a report given to the Piatt County board by PCMHC Director Tony Kirkman on Feb. 13.

Heated electoral board hearing results in Hyde staying on ballot

By Christy Jankowski
PCJR correspondent

New reporting system being researched for sheriff's office

Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt is eyeing the purchase of a new records management system that would update various portions of the department’s reporting system, some of which are currently in their third decade of operation.

Six to run as write-in candidates

Six candidates have filed to run as write-ins for Piatt County elected offices, including two people who are currently Bement school board members.

ZBA votes against Dollar General zoning request

Bement’s zoning board of appeals voted unanimously on Monday to not recommend a re-zoning of property needed for a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General to be constructed in town.

2018 in review - Piatt County government

Piatt County board members studied the possibility of solar farms for the county throughout 2018, voting several down before reversing course and approving permits for three in early 2019.

2018 in review - Piatt County municipalities

Two Piatt County villages changed leadership at the top in 2018. In DeLand, George Long stepped down in order to move closer to his job at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He was replaced by village board member Todd Benting.

Monticello sewer plant nears completion

Construction on the City of Monticello’s new sewer plant is behind schedule, but on budget and already exceeding expectations, according to a report given to the city council recently by Public Works Director Jim Grabarczyk.

New legislator sits down for Q&A

By Jerry Nowicki
Capitol News Illinois

State Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) was sworn in to the 101st Illinois House district on Jan. 9, replacing retired Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth), who was first elected in 1999.

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