Paul Schuytema

Getting Deep Blue in Monmouth
11:54 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Getting Deep Blue in Monmouth

Cassie Taylor

An old vaudeville stage in Monmouth will rock back to life for the seventh Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival.

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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
  • Interview with Paul Schuytema

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

  • Interview with Paul Schuytema

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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Cafe Seating Ordinance
12:46 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Monmouth Seeks More Inviting Downtown

Monmouth Town Square

Monmouth will use its broad sidewalks around the town square to make the area more inviting while offering an opportunity for business expansion.

Community Director Paul Schuytema says the cafe seating ordinance will allow restaurants to provide outdoor seating on the public right-of-way on those broad sidewalks.

He says, “In light of the development that we're trying to do ordinance like this becomes a really nice recruitment tool to bring restaurants that we don't yet have in the downtown into some of the areas that are going to be developed.”

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