The Greenville City Council will hold a special meeting this evening, at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building. On the agenda are the discussion of recycling and utility billing changes including mailing, forms and inserts. There will also be an executive session to discuss purchase and sale of real estate , pending litigation, personnel and the open meetings act.



The Bond County Board will meet this morning at 10:00 a.m., at the courthouse.  Items on the agenda include Greenville City Manager Dave Wiley and a discussion on recycling, several items from highway engineer Mike McCormick and a further budget discussion.  Stay tuned to WGEL radio for a full post-meeting report. 




After discussion ranging from questions about possible TIF money that could be distributed to taxing districts, the joint review board, made up of representatives of many area districts, voted on a recommendation for the 1200 acre new TIF, or tax increment financing, district.  The new TIF is being proposed because the Greenville Industrial Park is being looked at by three new prospects, including a big industry code-named The Carolina Project, that is promising 125 permanent jobs.The next step will be a public hearing on the TIF on September 14. 



The group "Military Moms of Bond County" is planning a welcome home recognition for troops returning soon on leave.  The organization plans to hang two banners showing appreciation and recognizing the sacrifices our troops are making for us.  Businesses are also invited to participate with messages on marquees and in storefronts.  If you desire to contribute toward this effort or would like more information, contact Cheri at 558-0544.  All donations will be greatly appreciated.




Illinois and other states are currently conducting a national reading and writing contest called "Letters About Literature" for students in 4th through 12th grades. The contest has students write letters to authors, living or deceased, describing how a book positively impacted their life. There are three levels of participation. Level I is for students in grades 4 through 6, Level II for students in grades 7 and 8, and Level III for students in grades 9 through 12. Each participating state will select a winning letter for each level. The three Illinois winners will receive a $50 gift card, a plaque and cash award from the Illinois Center for the Book and will advance to the national competition. National winners will receive a $500 gift card and national honorable mentions will receive a $100 gift card. The six national winners will also receive a $10,000 grant for their school or community library and the 12 national honorable mentions will receive a $1,000 grant for their school or community library. The contest is being sponsored in part by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Illinois Center for the Book. To enter, call 217-558-2065 or go to the web site http://illinoiscenterforthebook.org/projects/projectse.html. The deadline to enter is December 12, 2009.




Charles D. "Charlie" Rusick, age 67, of Pierron, passed away Saturday, August 29 at Calvin Johnson Care Center in Belleville.  Funeral services for 67 year-old Charles Rusick will be this morning, at 10:00 a.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Pierron.  Friends may call today, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Calvin Johnson Care Center.




Wayne W. Rudsinski, age 62, of Breese, passed away Saturday, August 29 at his residence.  Funeral services for 62 year-old Wayne Rudsinski will be Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Friends may call tonight, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.




Gary A. "Bing" Bingham, age 53, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, August 30 at St. Louis University Medical Center.  Funeral services for 53 year-old Gary Bingham will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Foundation or Reid's Elder Care Fund.


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