Politics and Government

Rauner comments prompt Kelly to run for governor

Chicago television producer William J. Kelly was already considering a run for governor, but told the Journal-Republican that remarks made recently in Monticello by current office holder Bruce Rauner solidified his resolve.

Questions about hotel/motel tax balance lead to tabling of Heritage Days measure

FARMER CITY — A motion to approve another $3,000 donation to Heritage Days was tabled Monday night amidst questions regarding the balance of the city’s hotel/motel tax fund. 

“We’ve got to do some more research on where this is coming from and how the account looks,” Councilman Scott Kelley said, suggesting the motion be tabled. 

Blue Ridge Board considers bond issuance

FARMER CITY – The Blue Ridge School Board is planning on issuing $550,000 worth of bonds to pay for construction work and combat budgetary repercussions that could stem from a tax freeze being mulled by the Illinois General Assembly.  

LeRoy School Board reaching out to city for promotion partnership

LeROY—The school board will push for a joint school-city partnership to better advance goals of growing the community in the coming weeks and years.

“We need to be more intentional about what we do and why,” Superintendent Gary Tipsord told the School Board Monday. “We are, arguably, the biggest business in this town.”

Village of Downs hears audit details, talks long-term plans

DOWNS – The village audit and treasurer’s report were filed just before the deadline this year, and they heard a report from their auditor last Thursday night. 

Former chief threatens Farmer City lawsuit; consultant helping in search for new chief

FARMER CITY – The city council learned they may be facing a lawsuit from their former police chief and heard two public comments in support of the former employee Monday night. 

Twenty minutes into the regular meeting at city hall, the council motioned to enter into an executive session. 

Village, still at impasse with Living Hope Christian Church, demands action by Jan. 31

DOWNS – A difference of opinion between the village of Downs and the Living Hope Christian Church continues to drag out in front of the village board. 

New construction means more tax revenue at Tri-Valley

By Patti Welander|For the Press

DOWNS – Because of rising property values and new construction in the district, the Tri-Valley School District may be able to collect an additional $640,000 in property tax, without raising the rate it charges its residents.

Undisclosed personnel decisions follow executive session in Farmer City

FARMER CITY – The city council approved its tax levy and an intergovernmental agreement with the county for animal control at its regular meeting Monday night, but the majority of the meeting was spent in a closed session regarding personnel. 

LeRoy Council approves tax levy, business loan, hotel/motel grant

LeROY — The city council approved its tax levy, a business loan and a hotel/motel tax grant at Monday’s regular meeting at city hall. 

The council unanimously approved the tax levy, which is growing at less than the five percent number that would mandate a truth in taxation hearing. 

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