Politics and Government

Bement applies for state loan

If the Bement school district gets access to no- or low-interest state borrowing, it could soon undertake maintenance projects with an eye toward increasing energy efficiency at its buildings.


Sunday liquor sales changed

Aldermen approved additional hours for Sunday alcohol sales in Monticello. A request had been made by Monarch Brewing Co. to move the start of Sunday sales back two hours to 10 a.m.


Treasurer touts state programs in trip to Monticello

Former State Senator Michael Frerichs became familiar with Illinois’ unclaimed property program as soon as he became the state treasurer just over two years ago.

And in a personal way.


Council approves separation agreement

The City of Monticello will use interim personnel to fill city administrator and treasurer openings until at least after the April 4 election. That was the consensus of the city council Monday, which officially approved a separation agreement with Bob Mahrt, the city administrator who resigned in January after just 10 months on the job.


Library's Hency fund now under $200

Architect Mark Misselhorn told Allerton Public Library board members two years ago that the budget would be “tight” for construction of its new library building, which opened last August.


Classic school buildings still going strong

The phrase “they don’t make them like they used to” seems to apply fairly well to Piatt County school buildings. As local districts ponder a variety of upgrades – from lower cost maintenance to potential $30 million projects – the age of the building does not seem to be playing into the equation.


Costly courthouse repairs discussed

The Piatt County Courthouse was built to last in 1903, but maintaining it doesn’t always come cheap.


DeLand-Weldon sets school dates for 2017-18

Calendar dates were the main item of discussion at the Jan. 23 DeLand-Weldon school board session. By the time the meeting adjourned, board members had approved the dates for the 2017-18 school year, changed three meeting dates, and established when commencements will take place this May.


Teacher shortage being seen in Piatt County

A teacher shortage discussed for several years in Illinois has reached Piatt County, with local school districts finding it more difficult than ever to fill open positions.


Keith named vice chairman of CIRMA

Piatt County Board Chairman Randy Jo Keith was recently elected to serve a three-year term as vice chairman of the Counties of Illinois Risk Management Agency (CIRMA). Keith was nominated and selected by unanimous vote on Jan. 19 at the agency’s quarterly Board of Directors meeting in Bloomington.


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