From street work to development of the former Pepsin Syrup site, City of Monticello staff hope a business district sales tax will help fund a myriad of improvements over the next 23 years or so.

One of the nation’s leading credit rating agencies said Monday adopting a graduated income tax system in Illinois probably would provide some much-needed revenue, but whether state’s credit rating would be improved depends on how the state uses the new money.

The Monticello City Council approved all agenda items during its regular meeting March 11 at the Municipal Building. All council members except Tom Reed and Jeremy Jones were present.


A local program that last year started giving rides to senior citizens on special Duet bicycles is so flush with volunteers that organizers are looking for more riders in 2019.

The Piatt County nursing home committee has reversed a ruling made last July to forgive about $217,000 the facility owned in property taxes to county coffers.

The first bid has been approved for the Monticello school district’s $33.2 million building project. The school board approved $225,000 in asbestos abatement bids on March 14, a precursor to new construction at the high school/Washington Elementary campus that will begin this fall.

For the second time in four months, the Piatt County board has voted down a request from a rural White Heath landowner to split his 6.4-acre parcel and sell off a 2.4-acre piece as a homesite.

Champaign developer and Monticello native Spencer Atkins has a tentative plan in mind as he remodels the Moore Building across from the Piatt County Courthouse.But when one discovers things like original marble floors, one becomes flexible.

Piatt County’s Zoning Board of Appeals last week voted down a White Heath area man’s second attempt to break off and sell a 2.4 acre portion of his property and sell it as a homesite.

Piatt County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

The Monticello and Tuscola Shopko stores will close after all. The stores were not on the list of closures released by the company as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy announcement on Jan. 16, but were recently added to the list of ones that will be shut down.

The State Bank of Bement expanded east with the opening of a branch in Ivesdale five years ago, and since 2002 its holding company has owned the State Bank of Cerro Gordo to the west.

The signs out front and along the highway say it all... change is coming to Monticello’s Pamida store.It was announced in January that the Monticello Pamida store is one of four in East Central Illinois slated to become a Shopko store this summer.Merchandise is being cleared out to make way …