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What's Happening in Chillicothe, Illinois

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What’s Happening in Chillicothe
January 23, 2022

January’s weather has been good enough on some days to hike, eagle watch, track the wildlife, and have fun in the snow.  Some days have been nice enough to trim spring-blooming bushes and pick up all the debris the winter wind has blown into your yards. 

Even through the winter months, the City of Chillicothe is busy with projects. There is a new well being drilled on Santa Fe and the Cutright Park restroom renovation is nearly finished and will be ready to open in the Spring.

At the January 23rd City Council meeting, the Council:

  • Approved a resolution to proceed with financing a new Vac Truck for Public Works 
  • Approved purchasing a Chlorine Gas Injection Pump for the Wilmot Pumphouse
  • Announced an IDOT upgrade to Route 29 from Cloverdale to Truitt with plans to begin construction after May
  • Approved a road improvement to Truitt Avenue at Route 29 intersection

The Chillicothe Historical Society announced a presentation to commemorate the 140th birthday of Johnston McCulley (the writer of the Zorro stories) at the Chillicothe Public Library on February 2 at 6pm.  The weekend of February 11th and 12th will really be an active one. Bald Eagle Days opens at 7am at Shore Acres Park with the Eagle Watch Breakfast, presented by the Rotary and Lions Club, accompanied by Feathered Friends presentation by Wildlife Prairie Park staff.  At 10am the Chillicothe Library will be presenting traditional art awards for “Eagles” and “Life on the Illinois River”.  The 11th is also a Chillicothe 2nd Saturday. Chillicothe 2nd Saturdays is a citywide shopping event for small businesses and includes retail businesses on 4th, 2nd, Cedar and Santa Fe streets. It runs from 10-3pm on the 2nd Saturday of the month from February through December.  Attending 2nd Saturday's is a great way to shop and support local businesses. Also on the 11th, the Chamber will be holding its Chocolate Tour.  Buy your tickets now as they usually run out early.  That evening, the VFW will hold its Valentine Steak Fry starting at 5pm.  On Sunday the 12th, the Henry Decoy Show will be held at 3 Sisters Park from 8-2pm. 

So many great things are happening in Chillicothe. Get out and enjoy this great town.

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