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IDOT to Close Route 16 Monday Between Hillsboro and Nokomis

Thu, 31 May 2018 10:51:27 CDT
Due to road construction that will begin on Monday, the Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that Route 16 between Hillsboro and Nokomis will be closed a half mile northeast of Irving.  Read more...


Litchfield Schools Placed on Lockdown After Ammunition Found

Wed, 30 May 2018 12:27:30 CDT
Students at Litchfield Middle and High Schools were sent home earlier than anticipated Wednesday after ammunition was found on school grounds. According to the state police, two pieces of ammunition were found in the men's bathroom at the high school at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, causing the school to be placed on lockdown.  Read more...


Two Litchfield Residents Charged for Their Roles in Burglary

Tue, 29 May 2018 09:04:09 CDT
Six people were charged Thursday afternoon, including two from Litchfield, after a burglary was reported at a residence in Cottage Hills. Kenneth Barker, 31, was charged with one count of residential burglary, and Tasha Corn, 29, was charged with obstructing justice for their roles in the incident.  Read more...


House Approves Extension of Litchfield TIF District

Fri, 25 May 2018 12:37:41 CDT
The Illinois House passed Senate Bill 424 Tuesday, enabling an additional twelve years of Tax Increment Financing for District One in the city of Litchfield. The bill would extend the life of the city's TIF district to 35 years from the originally set 23.  Read more...


Hillsboro Adopts Resolution Opposing Pending Gun Legislation

Wed, 23 May 2018 10:19:26 CDT
On Tuesday evening, Hillsboro became the first city in Illinois to publicly adopt a resolution opposing the passage of legislation by the General Assembly that would restrict the Second Amendment Rights of U.S. citizens.  Read more...


DCEO Awards Block Grants to Four Local Communities

Tue, 22 May 2018 11:38:55 CDT
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has awarded over $1.8 million in federal funding for Community Development Block Grants in the 95th State Representative District.  Read more...


Litchfield Approves Arcade Games for Beach House

Mon, 21 May 2018 11:06:36 CDT
Last Thursday, the Litchfield City Council approved contracts with J & J Ventures for video games services and an ATM at the Milnot Beach House at Lake Lou Yaeger. The council approved a three-year contract with the company for arcade-style video gaming machines to fill empty space that is currently at the beach house.  Read more...


Litchfield Fire Department Holds Drone Demonstration

Mon, 21 May 2018 10:41:52 CDT
On Saturday morning, the Litchfield Fire Department hosted other area emergency response teams at Lincoln Land Community College for a demonstration on a drone the department recently acquired.  Read more...


Litchfield Resident Requests Reimbursement for Picnic Table

Fri, 18 May 2018 11:39:07 CDT
On Thursday evening, the Litchfield City Council heard from a concerned citizen who had a picnic table removed from her property when a nearby property underwent demolition.  Read more...


Litchfield to Host Drone Demonstration

Thu, 17 May 2018 09:32:11 CDT
The Litchfield Fire Department will be holding a demonstration of their new drone this weekend at Lincoln Land Community College in Litchfield. The Department recently began using drones along with a new computer program that assists the staff to be better prepared for fires.  Read more...


Two Arrested for Burglary of Hillsboro Restaurant

Wed, 16 May 2018 10:57:50 CDT
Two St. Louis men were arrested Sunday evening for burglary of a Hillsboro Restaurant. Christopher Rea, 18, and Nathaniel Zion, 18, were both arrested on burglary charges and taken to the Montgomery County Jail. According to Hillsboro Police Chief Randy Leetham, authorities received a call at 9:40 p.m.  Read more...


Two Arrested for Burglary of Hillsboro Restaurant

Wed, 16 May 2018 10:42:28 CDT
Two St. Louis men were arrested Sunday evening for burglary of a Hillsboro Restaurant. Christopher Rea, 18, and Nathaniel Zion, 18, were both arrested on burglary charges and taken to the Montgomery County Jail. According to Hillsboro Police Chief Randy Leetham, authorities received a call at 9:40 p.m.  Read more...


Bourne Urges Firearm Owners to Renew FOID Cards Early

Mon, 14 May 2018 08:09:41 CDT
State Representative Avery Bourne is urging Illinois firearm owners to file paperwork to renew their Firearm Owner Identification Cards early, as the first wave of the ten-year renewal will create a backlog of renewal applications.  Read more...


Bourne Urges Firearm Owners to Renew FOID Cards Early

Mon, 14 May 2018 08:09:37 CDT
State Representative Avery Bourne is urging Illinois firearm owners to file paperwork to renew their Firearm Owner Identification Cards early, as the first wave of the ten-year renewal will create a backlog of renewal applications.  Read more...


Pedestrian Struck by Motorcycle

Sat, 12 May 2018 08:45:49 CDT
Two people were injured when a motorcycle struck a pedestrian Thursday night in Jersey County. According to Illinois State Police, 60 year old Randal Giberson of Jerseyville was driving a 2004 Yamaha northbound on US 67 near Hillside Lane when a pedestrian attmepted to cross the roadway at 8:31pm.  Read more...


County Board Approves Salary Increase for Non-Union Employees

Fri, 11 May 2018 11:51:04 CDT
During the finance committee portion of their meeting Tuesday morning, the Montgomery County Board approved a salary increase for non-union employees of the county.  Read more...


Litchfield Allocates Funds for Flower Pot Repair

Thu, 10 May 2018 09:35:34 CDT
On May 3, the Litchfield City Council allocated $4,000 to the repair and replacement of some concrete flower pots located along State Street and Union Avenue. According to City Administrator Tonya Flannery, there are 50 flower pots throughout the city and 41 need either repairs or to be replaced completely.  Read more...


Hillsboro Student Injured in Car Accident

Tue, 08 May 2018 10:37:25 CDT
A Hillsboro High School Student was injured in an automobile accident Sunday morning west of Fillmore. Katie Schaake was taken by ambulance to Hillsboro Area Hospital, and was then transferred to St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Schaake's car rolled over at 6:40 a.m.  Read more...


Man Arrested for Trespassing in Hillsboro

Mon, 07 May 2018 09:36:17 CDT
A Hillsboro man was arrested Wednesday afternoon for Criminal Trespass to State Supported Property. Benjamin Long, 34, was arrested after allegedly trespassing on a Montgomery County Housing property located at 22 Long Avenue.  Read more...


Credit Card Skimmer Seized in Raymond

Wed, 02 May 2018 11:44:45 CDT
A credit card skimmer was located at the Raymond Shell Gas Station on Saturday, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. Authorities seized the device, which is utilized by thieves to collect credit and debit card numbers and Personal Identification Numbers (PINs).  Read more...


Senate Approves Litchfield TIF Extension

Tue, 01 May 2018 11:17:16 CDT
Last week, the Illinois Senate approved the extension of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district for the city of Litchfield for another twelve years. The bill would extend the life of the city's TIF district to 35 years from the originally set 23.  Read more...


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