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What’s Happening in Chillicothe
April 23, 2024 

On April 17th, at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Ceremony, on behalf of the City Council, Mayor Michael Hughes presented the Civic Achievement Award to Dennis Luckett of Heather’s Wine Nook/High Roller Cafe/Short Loin Market and the Civic Volunteer Award to Andy Ruhland. Congratulations to all of the winners who make Chillicothe a great community!

The Chillicothe Police Department has opened the 2024 season to register golf carts, off-highway vehicles, occupant trailers, and utility trailers.  A new application form must be completed each year.  The registration cost is $40.00. Please stop in during business hours 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and Saturday 10am-2pm.  To obtain an application and checklist of all that you need to register your off-highway vehicles go to .  

At the April 22nd City Council meeting the Council approved:

  • A Proclamation for Michael Smith’s 20 Years of Service on the Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Land Access Agreement between the City and the VFW for asphalt removal not to exceed $2,400
  • Microsoft 365 Renewal for $2,007 with Pearl Technologies
  • Letter Regarding Water Rate Increase to be published in the Chillicothe Hometown Voice May issue
  • An ordinance for a HELP Loan Term Update for Sweet Finds
  • Façade application for 1042 N 2nd Street
  • Request for Proposal for City Property East Side First and Walnut
  • Request for Proposal for City Property West Side First and Walnut
  • Rehab Wilmot & Chestnut Well – ARPA Commitments
  • Expenditure payable to Brotcke Well & Pump for Chestnut Well for $24,209.50 from ARPA funds
  • General Fund – Economic Development Priority 1 Concrete Step as a Project
  • Expenditure to Engbrecht Concrete for $5,000 for steps on the West Side of 900 block of 2nd Street
  • 4th of July Fireworks Donation Request of $3,000
  • Live Entertainment Request from American Legion on May 5, 3-6pm
  • Ordinance for a Three Way Stop at Sycamore Street and Prairie Springs Drive
  • Special Event Request for Moontower for the Blessing of the Bikes to be held on May 4 from 11am to midnight
  • Not-For-Profit Special Event application with liquor for Solshine Reverie (formerly Summer Camp)
  • Expenditure of $1,672 payable to Picket Fence Foundation for Planting of 2nd Street Planters
  • Expenditure of $900 payable to Pafco for the Cemetery Truck
  • Ordinance Amending Zoning Code Adding – C 2 Special Use
  • Ordinance Rezoning 615 Truitt to C2 for Special Use

The City Council discussed:

  • Water Rate Increase

Agenda item withdrawn:

  • Attorney to Draft HELP Loan Agreement – Shawn Yarger

Closed Session

  • Review of Closed Session Minutes – 5 ILCS 120/2/C - 5

02 History of the Chillicothe Dairy - Chillicothe Historical Society, 6:30pm
04 LIVE MUSIC - Raynah at Gilmore's Sports Bar, 7pm
04 Blessing of the Bikes - MoonTower - 11am
05 Cinco DeMayo Taco Lunch benefiting Freedom Paws Service Dogs, Shore Acres Park, 11am
05 St. Edwards School Picnic and Open House, 12pm-3pm
06 Bingo – Pearce Community Center, 10:00am
09 Bounce Into Summer Carnival - South School, 4:30pm
11 Chillicothe 2nd Saturday - Retail Businesses on 2nd, 4th and Santa Fe, 10am
11 Optimist Garage Sale with Silent Auction-Casting Club, 8am
11 Bingo – Pearce Community Center, 11:15am
11 Pearce Foundation Beef & Bourbon Night – Pearce Community Center, 6pm-9pm
11 Bad Credit Comedy Presents - "We Do Not Own the Rights to this...Comedy Show", - American Legion, 7pm
12 Mother's Day Breakfast - VFW, 8am
16  Back the Blue Chillicothe Police Appreciation Dinner-Grecian Gardens, 6pm RSVP with Dave Hirtz at 309.253.1010
17 Vino & Vinyasa – Pearce Community Center, 6pm-7:30pm
18 District 321 Graduations - at IVC High School -1:30pm CEC, 3:00pm Moss, 5pm IVC
18 LIVE MUSIC - Off the Cuff - American Legion, 7pm
19 LIVE MUSIC - The Killer Riffs - MoonTower, 2pm
23-27 Summer Camp Presents-Solshine Reverie Music Festival-Three Sisters Park
24 Free Outdoor Movie Night - Evergreen Senior Living, 7pm
27 Memorial Day Ceremony - Veterans Memorial event at 11am - Veteran's Triangle
29-June 2 Brad Wallin Tournament

Don’t forget the Town Theatre. Plan an evening to watch a movie with family and friends.  Pack the house! Remember, if you don’t use it you lose it. There is a lot happening in Chillicothe! Come on out and join us!

There is a lot happening in Chillicothe! Come on out and join us!

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