According to Illinois Department of Revenue Director Brian Hamer, Bond County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of one (1.00) for 2009 taxes payable in 2010.  The property assessment equalization factor, often called the "multiplier," is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law.  State law requires property in Illinois to be assessed at one-third of its market value.  The multiplier is determined annually for each county by comparing the sales price of individual properties sold over the past three years to the assessed value placed on those properties by the assessor.  If this average is one-third of market value, the multiplier will be one (1).  Assessments in Bond County are at 33.33 percent of market value, based upon sales of properties in 2006, 2007, and 2008.



According to Senator Kyle McCarter, state transportation officials have awarded a contract for road improvements to the Sorento Road in Bond County.  The project involves one-third of a mile of hot mix asphalt binder and surface courses, lane widening with aggregate shoulders, and signing and pavement markings from east of the railroad right-of-way to just west of Lake Road in Sorento.  The contract, valued at $213,470.00, was awarded to Kilian Corporation of Mascoutah.




VFW Post 1377 hosted an American Red Cross blood drive Thursday, November 19. Thirty persons registered to donate blood and twenty-seven units were collected.  Jeff Stone was presented a nine-gallon pin.




Arnold T. Wessel, age 74, of Aviston, passed away Sunday, November 22 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. A memorial Mass for 74 year-old Arnold Wessel will be held Wednesday, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Francis Church in Aviston. Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery. Following the interment, a celebration of Arnie's life will continue at the American Legion in Aviston. Memorials may me made to the donor's choice. Hempen Funeral Home in Aviston is in charge of the arrangements.




Vivian B. Essenpreis, age 94, of Highland, passed away Saturday, November 21 in San Antonio, TX. Funeral services for 94 year-old Vivian Essenpreis will be Monday, November 30, at 11:00 a.m. at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Visitation is Monday, November 30, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is handling the arrangements.




William M. Mugler, age 88, of Moro, Illinois, passed away Sunday, November 22 at his home.  Funeral services for 88 year-old William Mugler will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine. Burial will be in Marine Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to VFW Post #5694.




Gladys L. Rogier, age 98, of Highland, passed away Monday, November 23 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Funeral services for 98 year-old Gladys Rogier will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Highland. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Wednesday, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the church.




Carol A. Hamilin, age 64, of Highland, passed away Saturday, November 21 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. According to Carol's wishes, her body was donated to Washington University School of Medicine. A memorial gathering for 64 year-old Carol Hamlin will be Sunday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m. at Cypress Restaurant in Highland.

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