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.


Downs events committee buys big Santa Claus, sleigh

DOWNS — McManus park in the village will have a new, 38-foot long, 8-foot high Santa Claus and sleigh with reindeer this Christmas season thanks to a purchase from the events committee. 

The LED-lit Santa Claus will take its place in the park on Seminary Street upon its arrival. 


LeRoy to hire water superintendent; interim has been in place since Nov. 22

LeROY — For more than two weeks, the city was operating without a full-time water plant operator, receiving services on a voluntary basis from an operator from nearby Carlock. 


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