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If you were in Monticello between Nov. 29 and Dec. 21, 2019, you likely encountered members of area churches volunteering to ring bells beside the kettle stands positioned outside of County Market and the train depot in downtown Monticello.

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Republicans say choice between new tax revenue and budget cuts is a false oneSPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has tied his second-year state budget proposal to the unfinished marquee policy initiative of his first year – a constitutional amendment that allows the state to impose higher income …

The Piatt County board on Feb. 12 voted against purchasing the North State Street Professional Building from Kirby Medical Center, but ownership it is still a possibility after a businessman proposed purchasing it for them.

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A fluke in timing is allowing the Monticello Chamber and Main Street organizations to enter into an era of increased cooperation. The two organizations have decided to share one full-time director instead of each supporting their own part-time employees, an arrangement that had gone back decades.

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For the first time since a grand jury indicted Piatt County Board Chairman Ray Spencer on forgery and official misconduct charges on Jan. 13, the idea of removing him as chair has come up at a public board session.

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Health officials: Chicago area couple can return to work; public risk remains lowTwo Chicago-area residents who tested positive for novel coronavirus earlier this year have recovered and were released from home isolation this weekend, according to public health officials.  Federal, state and…

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Concerns regarding safety, parking and proper use of a parcel of land helped win over the Monticello city council on Feb. 10, as it voted 5 to 2 to deny zoning amendments for a 46-unit apartment complex proposed for the current site of Monticello Bowl.

Apex Clean Energy has awarded $5,000 in its second round of grants within Piatt County as part of the Goose Creek Wind Community Grant Program. These funds are allocated to support programs that serve the community through economic development, environmental sustainability, education, and he…

Knee and hip replacement procedures remain some of the most commonly performed, elective surgical procedures in the U.S., and Carle Foundation Hospital and Decatur Memorial Hospital were recently recognized for their commitment to quality and positive outcomes for patients seeking these surgeries.

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The Land Conservation Foundation sponsored its Third Annual Mudpuppy Festival on Feb. 1 at the Monarch Brewery in Monticello, the host for this event. Through a proclamation by Monticello Mayor Larry Stoner, Saturday, Feb. 1 was named Mudpuppy Day in Monticello.

In 2019, GROWMARK introduced a new award to recognize the top financially performing members and retail divisions. The Management Excellence Award is a combined measure of operating expense efficiency and System support. Lucknow District Co-operative Inc., based out of Lucknow, Ontario, took…