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.”
Warren County has sold the stately two-story home that has housed the Regional Office of Education for years. The house sits right across the street from the county courthouse. The regional office serves Warren, Mercer and Henderson counties.
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church has purchased the building from the county for $74,000.
County Board Chairman Bill Reichow said the office will stay put for the short-term.