Politics and Government

Piatt County passes local cannabis ordinance

On July 29, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of cannabis. It means that those caught with less than 10 grams of illegal cannabis now receive civil citations – akin to a traffic ticket – instead of having to show up in court.

Police chief: decriminalization does not mean legal

“The decriminalization of marijuana does not mean it is legal,” says Monticello Police Chief John Carter. It sounds simple, but he is already seeing plenty of misunderstanding surrounding a recent state code change that downgrades illegal cannabis possession of under 10 grams to a civil offense.

Rose now assistant Republican leader

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) will serve as Assistant Republican Leader after being appointed by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) Sept. 15. Rose previously served as Senate Republican Whip.

Libation areas, sewer loan discussed by city council

There were triple the number of outdoor libation areas at last Saturday’s Monticellobration, which at least one city aldermen feels improved the celebration.

County board chair trying to help SWCD

In an geographical area where soil is a most precious commodity, Piatt County Board Chairman Randy Keith hopes to help keep the doors of the county Soil and Water Conservation District open.

USDA approves loan for Monticello sewer plant

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Sept. 16 announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $25,323,840 in federal funding to support rural development projects across Illinois.

Bement Area Chamber of Commerce needs to fill two positions

The Bement Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to fill two key vacancies. Without a president or executive director, the organization could cease to operate by 2017.

Monticello schools could consider tax rate increase

The Monticello school district has boasted one of the lowest real estate tax rates in Illinois for many years, and has kept that rate between $3.32 and $3.37 for the past decade. Among 30 districts in Central Illinois, it’s current rate of $3.36 is at the bottom of the list, contrasting with Rantoul’s $7.75 at the top.

Piatt County Democrats to open headquarters

An Open House for Piatt County Democratic Headquarters will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 112 N. State (the corner of State and Livingston Streets), in the Monticello Professional Building.

Local Democrats are invited to come to the open house or stop by during the week to discuss local, state, and national candidates and pick up campaign literature and yard signs.

Board presented with five high school rehab options

Five Monticello High School remodeling proposals differ in how they would modernize the building, originally built in 1923 and added onto several times over the next 80 years.

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