City of Hamilton

A non-binding referendum on the April ballot will ask voters whether to increase the city’s utility tax. The extra revenue would go toward road repairs and help replace diminishing state funding.

The men running to be Hamilton’s next mayor bring similar views and experiences to the race.

No 3rd Term for Hamilton Mayor

Nov 22, 2012

Hamilton Mayor Steve Woodruff will not be seeking a third term in office.

Hamilton’s new police chief says his first few weeks in charge have been eye-opening.

Robb Bell assumed control of the department on July 1, following the retirement of former Police Chief Walt Sellens.

Bell has been in law enforcement for 12 years, the last seven with the Hamilton Police Department.

He appreciates how Sellens took the time to prepare him to be the man in charge.

Bell says some of his top priorities as chief are to combat the spread of drugs into the community and to make sure Hamilton’s children know the police department has their backs.

Hamilton must continue to play the “waiting game” when it comes to cleaning up what remains of two buildings in the middle of the 900-block of Broadway.

The structures were destroyed by a fire last January.  The deadly blaze also took the life of a young child.

Police Chief Robb Bell says Hamilton is trying to take ownership of one of the buildings from an owner who lives in Oklahoma.

He says Veldon Gray has not responded after being served papers by the city.

Patrolman Robb Bell is a native of Hamilton who graduated from Hamilton High School.  He joined his hometown police department in Sept. 2005 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and with several other local law enforcement agencies.

After 6 ½ years on the force, Bell is in line for a big promotion.  He will take over as Police Chief on July 1, 2012.

Bell will replace Walt Sellens, who is retiring after 35-years with the department.  Sellens served as a patrolman and a sergeant before becoming chief in 1986.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) says everything is on the table when it comes reforming Medicaid in Illinois.

Governor Pat Quinn proposed a $2.7-billion dollar cut to the program in his budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. 

Sullivan told a crowd of 50 during a town hall meeting in Hamilton that some savings can be found through the scaling back of programs and the elimination of waste and fraud.