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County hears Oak Hill updates

Evergreen Pointe Transitional Care has reopened at the county-run Oak Hill senior living community in Waterloo, county commissioners learned this week.  Oak Hill Administrator Shari...

Mayor Smith makes return

To the surprise of many, Waterloo Mayor Tom Smith  returned to his usual seat in the council chambers at City Hall to preside over...

Waterloo OKs handful of measures

The Waterloo City Council on July 5 approved an intergovernmental agreement between the police department and park district and also amended city zoning code,...

November races are set

The June 28 primary election cleared the way for some key contested races this November.  For elected Monroe County offices, two Republican incumbents will face...

County hears judicial, EMS updates

Monroe County Probation Officer Courtney Schweickhardt spoke at Tuesday’s meeting of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners in preparation for the change in judicial...

Temporary tax relief in Illinois

Illinoisans received some modest tax relief when the state’s new fiscal year began July 1. That includes some income tax rebates, property tax rebates, a...

Property tax process advances

Monroe County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.000, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue. The equalization factor — or...

State aids mental health workforce

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed omnibus legislation meant to assist mental healthcare providers. Senate Bill 3617 seeks to address a variety of funding and...

State school facility occupation tax change

Recent legislation set to go into effect July 1 will see the Regional Office of Education getting a significant amount of money back from...

Primary races decided

With virtually no contested races in the 2022 Illinois primary election for Democrats, Monroe County voters pulled Republican primary ballots at a more than...

Primary election is Tuesday

The general primary election takes place this coming Tuesday, June 28, with polling places open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition, early voting...

Columbia comprehensive plan delay

A shortage of city staff has delayed the planned completion date for Columbia’s ongoing comprehensive plan process.  With the retirement of Sue Spargo as Columbia...
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