Monmouth

155 New Jobs for Monmouth
9:32 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Monmouth Attracts New Business

Smithfield Farmland in Monmouth, IL
Emily Boyer TSPR

Monmouth’s largest employer is bringing even more business to the city.

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Fusion Theatre
11:19 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Arts Addition to Downtown Monmouth

The Fusion Theatre
Credit courtesy Doug Rankin/Monmouth College

The stage is set for the Fusion Theatre to take the spotlight this week.

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Arts
8:25 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

An interview with Kagey Parrish of The Honey Dewdrops

The Honey Dewdrops
Credit Neal Golden

The husband-wife folk duo of Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman, known as The Honey Dewdrops, are living an old-style vagabond musician lifestyle. They have been on the road nearly non-stop for more than five years playing coffee shops, house concerts, folk festivals and even A Prairie Home Companion.

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Progress Continues
10:37 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Re-energizing Downtown Monmouth

Credit Rich Egger

A couple projects are moving ahead as the Maple City works to breathe new life into its downtown.

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Annual Music Festival
6:43 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Deep Blue Innovators in Monmouth

Matthew Skoller's band will headline the festival
mosaiko.gr

Rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, and hip hop all have their roots in the blues. Yet it seems as though the blues does not get its due. That will change – at least for a day – in Monmouth.

The Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival begins Saturday afternoon at the Rivoli Theatre. The doors open at 2:00 and the music begins at 2:30. Ticket information can be found here.

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City Will Create Virtual Museum
11:42 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Monmouth Wins Broadband Innovation Money

Monmouth will receive $10,000 from the inaugural Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund. The state received 113 applications for the grant program. Just 14 winners were selected.

Monmouth Director of Community Development Paul Schuytema said his city was the only municipality chosen.

“That’s pretty exciting, and to be a municipality that’s not like Chicago but a little bitty town of 9,400 people in the cornfields, it’s a great honor,” Schuytema said. “We’re looking forward to delivering some good work and sharing it.”

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City will get five percent of revenue
1:12 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Monmouth Lifts Ban on Video Gambling

Monmouth allowed the use of video gaming for “amusement purposes” only. That did not include gambling although the ordinance was difficult to enforce.

The discussion was prompted by changes to state law that will allow video gaming this year. The proceeds will help pay for capital improvements.

City Administrator Eric Hanson says the city council discussed keeping the ban in place.

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Provisions should reduce overtime
3:50 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Monmouth and Firefighters Ratify Contract

Monmouth's city council and the firefighters union each ratified the three-year contract by a unanimous vote.

Firefighters will receive a 2.5% pay raise each year of the deal.

The city and the union each wanted similar changes in the time-off policies. The city wanted to reduce overtime. The union wanted to reduce the likelihood firefighters would be called in on their days off.

City Administrator Eric Hanson said the major change was to vacation policy.

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It will target several downtown buildings
2:02 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Developer Plans $2 Million Project in Monmouth

Six buildings on the southeast corner of Monmouth's town square will receive a $2 million facelift.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa developer Frantz-Hobart will turn the buildings into condominiums and retail space.

City Administrator Eric Hanson calls it “the biggest development project” in the downtown area in decades. He says it advances the city's vision for the downtown area.

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Some will expire in 2013
3:27 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Enterprise Zones in Illinois Near End

The legislation that established Enterprise Zones in Illinois was passed in the mid-1980s. Many are nearly at the end of their 30 year lifespan.

Enterprise zones abate the property taxes on improvements for up to 10 years. The zones also offer a state sales tax exemption on building materials that are purchased in the state and are used in an enterprise zone.

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