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Illinois begins redistricting process

A process that can influence elections in Illinois for a decade began last week when the Senate Redistricting Committee met for the first time.  That...

Columbia public safety outgrows its space

Columbia’s population has nearly doubled in the past 30 years, and emergency departments would like to see the public safety complex that houses the...

Former Columbia mayor pleads guilty in federal court

Former Columbia Mayor Kevin Hutchinson pleaded guilty Monday morning at U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis of...

Illinois updates reopening plan

Gov. JB Pritzker announced an updated version of his Restore Illinois reopening plan that should get the state closer to pre-pandemic life sooner while...

Gas crisis discussed in Waterloo

A gas committee meeting took place in Waterloo Thursday morning to discuss ways to tackle an exorbitant natural gas rate charged to the city...

Business as usual in Columbia

The first meeting of the Columbia City Council with Gene Ebersohl as interim mayor was business as usual. In an administrative action, the first agenda...

Schimpf on the campaign trail

It was delayed by a week due to snow, but Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul Schimpf made his first campaign stop in Waterloo on Feb....

Reflecting on a year of COVID

On March 16, 2020, Gov. JB Pritzker announced that all gatherings of 50 or more people must be canceled, closing schools and many businesses...

Assessments up slightly this year

The Republic-Times is publishing 2020 property tax assessments for Monroe County in this week’s paper. For a list of locations that sell the newspaper,...

Can the coroner also be mayor?

Monroe County Coroner Bob HillColumbia City Clerk Wes Hoeffken A question on some voters’ minds ahead of the April consolidated election may be whether Columbia...

Ebersohl chosen interim mayor of Columbia

In a brief meeting Wednesday night, Columbia Ward III Alderman Gene Ebersohl was chosen to be the city's interim mayor until a new mayor...

Waterloo talks Moore Street, golf carts, gas

The Waterloo City Council last Monday night approved the appropriation of nearly $1 million toward a street resurfacing project that could take place later...
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