Local News

  • Plummer keeps senate office here

    The district office of the state senator who represents this part of Illinois is still in Vandalia – it’s just a different senator.

  • Vandalia's Cleanup Week is next week

    For Vandalia residents anxious to clean out their garages, basements and other storage areas, next week is the time to do it.
    Next Monday through Friday is Cleanup Week in Vandalia, with customers of Doty Sanitation being allowed to get rid of additional items along with their regular trash.
    The city’s guidelines for Cleanup Week are:
    • Unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.

  • Dispute over lake home construction

    Vandalia’s building official is alleging that a couple building a home at Vandalia Lake has violated city ordinances as part of their home-building project.
    The couple is claiming that they were unaware of any violations, contending that the city code is vague.
    An alderman is hoping for a simple resolution to that dispute.
    For the time being, Joe and Julie Withers are being allowed to only continue construction of their home and install rock to address a drainage issue.

  • Fillmore sidewalk

    The city of Vandalia has been hoping that the state would help fund the construction of a sidewalk linking Vandalia Community High School and Lincoln Loop walking path with the Family YMCA and Kaskaskia College campus.
    On Monday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation announced that it would.
    That sidewalk along Fillmore Street is among the 39 projects being funded through IDOT’s Safe Routes to School program.
    Of the $5.5 million being awarded through the program, $200,000 has been set aside for construction of that sidewalk.

  • 200th flags available

    Having already encouraged local residents to decorate their homes for Vandalia’s 200th birthday, the city is now offering one way to do that.

  • City gets amended TIF application

    After hearing that they would no longer be making recommendations before voting on Tax Increment Financing grants, Vandalia’s aldermen received information on TIF grant application for a project that was initially approved a year ago.
    Justin Durbin, who was awarded a $48,600, 100-percent grant in April of last year for work on exterior walls of his building at 101 S. Fifth St., has submitted an amended grant.

  • TIF reversal

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday went against its own recommendation on a Tax Increment Financing grant application, narrowly approving a TIF grant for a new event center project.
    A week after recommending unanimously to give Brian and Nancy Oberlink a 25-percent grant ($26,950) for their building at 1405 Veterans Avenue, the council voted 4-3 to give 50 percent ($53,900), the amount requested by the Oberlinks in their TIF application.

  • County OKs new voting equipment

    It wasn’t that Glenn Gurtner was opposed to the county spending about quarter of a million dollars on new voting equipment. It’s just that the county board member wanted more information.
    So, a week after County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder and her chief deputy, Jessica Barker, explained that the county had not choice but to buy the equipment, board member Jenny Waggoner also explained the need for the purchase.

  • Hampton named to tourism post

    Having worked for the city of Vandalia on a part-time basis for several months, Jessica Hampton will continue to do so, but in a different capacity.

  • Council recommends cutting TIF request for proposed event center to 25 percent

    Vandalia aldermen voted on to recommend half of the requested amount on the latest Tax Increment Financing grant application, with almost all of the discussion on the request coming after that vote.
    Link Holdings has applied for a grant of 50 percent, or $53,900, for renovations to create an event center in its building at 1405 Veterans Ave., and aldermen voted to support a grant of 25 percent, or $26,950.