Area News

Family YMCA of Fayette County moving onto Phase II

Ben Frazier Family YMCA of Fayette County Executive Director Our future is also your future. In honor of our commitment to our communities that we serve, we are excited to announce that it is time for us to grow. Phase 2 is finally here. Our Phase 2 brings an additional 18,000 square feet of space…

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All Skate!

This year’s CEO class is finalizing plans for its unique class business this Friday night and Saturday in downtown Vandalia. “Old Capitol Skate” will offer skating on synthetic ice in the 100 block of South Fourth Street, in front of Charters Patio, on Friday evening and Saturday. The class is offering open skating from 6-9…

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Sheriff retiring at end of March

Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith publicly announced on Tuesday night that he would be retiring in two months. And, after doing so, Smith encouraged the Fayette County Board to appoint another Chris, Chief Deputy Chris Palmer, as his successor. Smith, who has served as this county’s sheriff since December 2014, told county board members that…

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City holds on gaming

The Vandalia City Council was scheduled to act on one request for a gaming license and hold the first reading for another request, but both were put on hold. Before the council takes any action on those two requests, and another one that came in on Monday, the city’s legal counsel wants to look over…

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Fayette second to oppose crime bill

Hours after Bond County became the first county to encourage Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker not to sign the crime reform bill sitting on his desk, Fayette County did the same. The county unanimously passed a resolution in which it states how passage of that bill will negatively impact law enforcement and also how such a…

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FNB commits $100,000 for new library

In November, the Evans Public Library District of Vandalia announced that it was eligible to obtain a $3.4-million matching grant through the Illinois Public Library Construction Act Program. The grant represents roughly 70 percent of the cost of building a new 15,752-square-foot library on Randolph Street, south of Jefferson Street. To secure the full funding,…

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TIF Guidelines

Vandalia TIF #1 District Best Practices in Determining TIF Approval 1. A TIF Advisory Committee will be made up of a member(s) of the taxing bodies, who shall not live within a TIF or be receiving TIF incentives, to review the TIF requests with one City Alderman serving on the Advisory Committee prior to the…

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TIF Best Practices

Vandalia TIF #1 District Best Practices in Determining TIF Approval 1. A TIF Advisory Committee will be made up of a member(s) of the taxing bodies, who shall not live within a TIF or be receiving TIF incentives, to review the TIF requests with one City Alderman serving on the Advisory Committee prior to the…

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TIF committee goes over Best Practices

Members of Vandalia’s Tax Increment Financing Advisory Committee last week got a refresher course on the program and their role in its operations. They also learned that when they, the appointed delegates to the committee, are unable to be present for meetings to review a TIF application, someone else from the entity they represent can…

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