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What’s Happening in Chillicothe
April 9, 2024 

April is Donate Life Month and you may see purple lights around town. This Gift of Hope campaign brings awareness to tissue and organ donations. Spring Cleaning has begun in Chillicothe…City Cemetery Cleanup was this week. This work is done yearly to beautify and preserve our city cemetery. For the Spring season the burning of landscape waste is permitted only between April 1 and May 31. Check the city’s website at for the burning rules. Yard Waste Drop off is now open until November, at Moffitt Park. Check the website at

The City joins forces with the Chamber of Commerce on April 17th at noon at the Chillicothe Library for their Annual Awards Celebration. The City has two awards. The Civic Achievement Award is presented to a business that has stepped up and performed a measure of service that exemplifies civic pride and responsibility. The Civic Volunteer Award is presented to an individual who has selflessly shown an effort in civic service and pride toward the community. If you are interested in attending this special event, contact Amber Gibson at the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce at 309-274-4556 or at

At the April 8th City Council meeting the Council approved:

  • City Attorney to draft a Land Access Agreement with VFW to remove asphalt on their parking lot
  • Purchase of BackHoe Tractor Tires for $1,980.50 payable to Princeville Tower
  • Fiscal Year 2024-25 Budget starting  May 1 and running through April 2025
  • Special Event Request for Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce’s Chillicothe Days, June 9-15
  • Special Event Request for Pearce Community Center’s “Run for The Health of It”  July 13, 7-9am
  • Special Event Request for Little Shop of Hoarders’ Food Truck on 2nd Street for the upcoming Chillicothe 2nd Saturday’s event from 10am-3pm
  • Live Entertainment Request by American Legion for for the band “Not Petty” on April 21st, 2024 from 3pm-6pm
  • City Attorney to Draft an Ordinance Amendment  for a three-way Stop Sign at Sycamore St. & Prairie Springs
  • Police Training School for Police Staff & Command in the amount of $4,600 payable to ICC 11/11/24 and 3/14/25
  • Ordinance Amending Liquor Classification “D” reducing the amount of licenses by one
  • Ordinance Amending Liquor Classification “A” adding two licenses
  • Consultant Contract with Dr. Janet Culbertson

The City Council discussed:

  • Water Rate Increase
  • Ordinance regarding Short Term Rentals

08-12 [CITY] Chillicothe Cemetery Cleanup Days
11-14 Chillicothe Players - Suicide, Inc. by Andrew Hinderaker at Shore Acres Clubhouse
12 CRAFT - Upcycled Aluminum Can-Plant Labels at Chillicothe Public Library, 11am
13 Spring Makers Market at Three Sisters Park, 9am-3pm
13 Free Vision Screenings at Chillicothe Public Library, 9:30am
13 Chillicothe 2nd Saturday - Retail Businesses on 2nd, 4th and Santa Fe, 10am
13 LIVE MUSIC - Raynah at Gilmores Sports Bar, 7pm
17 Chillicothe Chamber Annual Meeting and Awards at Chillicothe Public Library, Noon
20 Drew's Plots Disc Golf at Three Sisters Park, 9am
20 Spring Loose Drew's Plots Fundraiser at Three Sisters Park, 10am and Disc Golf at 9am
20 LIVE MUSIC - Lonesome Jones at Gilmore's Sports Bar, 7pm
20 Come Paint! at Heather's Wine Nook, 6pm
21 LIVE MUSIC - BlackHill at Moontower Bar and Grill, 2pm
21 LIVE MUSIC - Not Petty at American Legion, 3pm
21 Public Breakfast at Peoria Casting Club, 7:30am-10:30am
23 World Book Day at Evergreen Senior Living, 5pm
24 Senior Steppers at Coal Hollow Park, 10am-Noon
25-27 Spring Planting at Three Sisters Park (Not open to public/School Field Trips only)
27 Chillicothe Players, a Murder Mystery Fundraiser at Barracks Hospitality Group, 5pm
27 Spring Flight Youth Dance & Dodgeball at Pearce Community Center, 7:00pm-9:00 pm
28 IVC Cystic Fibrosis Walkathon at  IVC Track, 1pm-4pm
28 Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at George Washington Masonic Lodge, 7am-11am

This spring weather has created a busy calendar for us all…work to be done, places to go, fun to be had.  Hope you have room in your personal schedule to add in a few of the items from the Chillicothe Events Calendar. 

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

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