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What’s Happening in Chillicothe
November 28, 2023

If you haven’t had a chance to view the holiday lights in City Park, stop by!  There is nothing like a 40 foot evergreen glowing with lights to inspire the holiday spirit! The City would like to thank all those who helped make the tree lighting event a success with a special shout out to Sunshine Tree Service for the trimming and decoration of the tree and stage. Even though Shop Small Saturday has passed, keep your local businesses in mind during this holiday season. They’ve worked hard to provide items and services for the community. 

Pick up your forms for the 5th annual Holiday Spirit Lighting Contest called “Light up Chillicothe” at City Hall. Nominate your neighbors that go all out with amazing holiday lighting decorations. Forms are due to City Hall by December 1st.

Countdown to Christmas is in full swing. Pick up your playing cards for some fun shopping with big rewards. Visit local retailers, get your cards marked and have a chance at winning $500, $200 or $100 holiday dollar prizes. Winners will be drawn Saturday, December 9th at 6pm. 

Volunteer opportunity: The Chillicothe Bottoms is owned by Illinois Audubon Society and is accessed through Moffitt Park. There will be a work day on December 7th at 10am to add signage, clean up trails and make repairs where needed. They will bring the tools. If you are interested in helping, just show up.

Reminder….November 30th is the last day to drop off landscape waste at Moffitt Park and December 15th is the last day of the burning schedule.

At the November 27th City Council Meeting the Council approved:

  • MFT Unit Pricing Quote for Striping at a cost not to exceed $9,000
  • Tax Levy Ordinance in the amount of $832,008.92
  • Christmas Bonus of $200 for full-time and part-time active employees and $100 for seasonal employees
  • A $1,000 Donation Request from Community Needs for the Christmas Basket Campaign
  • GPEDC Membership Dues invoice of $2,500
  • 2024 Optimist Club Town Theatre Advertising Invoice of $1,000
  • Tri-County Comprehensive Plan Agreement for $6,000
  • Distribution of Surplus Funds of $24,604.95 plus interest to date in the closing of TIF Plaza
  • Five-year Contract Extension with Flock Safety for Automated License Plate Readers
  • An expenditure of $5,888.89 payable to Beau’s Tire and Auto Center for purchase of engine
  • An expenditure of $90 payable to Camille Rogers to Buy Back Cemetery Graves Spaces

City Council Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7pm at City Hall. The Public is welcome to attend.

November Events 
25-Dec 09 Countdown to Christmas Retail Contest (Chance to win $500, $200 or $100 holiday dollars)
30 LIVE MUSIC - Ebenezer Duke - Chillicothe Public Library, 5:30pm

01-Dec 09 Countdown to Christmas Retail Contest (Chance to win $500, $200 or $100 holiday dollars)
01 Shademaker’s Holiday Lighting Award Nominations due at City Hall by 3pm
01 Cops and Kids Christmas Letter due to the Chillicothe Police Department
01 LIVE MUSIC - Thinkin' Problem at MoonTower, 4-6pm
01 Movie Night (for students 6-12th grade) - Crossword Cafe, 6pm
02 Breakfast with Santa-Pearce Community Center, 9am
02 Gingerbread House Workshop - Chillicothe Public Library, 9:30am
03 Gun Show - Chillicothe Sportsman Club, 8:30am
03 Door Hanger Making Event - Castaways, 1pm
07 Pearl Harbor Ceremony - Cutright Park, 11am-Noon
07 Girls Night Out - Picket Fence Foundation, 6:30pm
07 Audubon Work Day - Chillicothe Bottoms (Meet at Moffitt Park 2nd parking lot), 10am
09-10 Madrigal Dinner -  IVCHS,  12:30pm matinee, 5:30pm Dinner
09 Breakfast With Santa - Three Sisters Park, 8am
09 Chillicothe 2nd Saturday - Retail Businesses on 2nd, 4th and Santa Fe - Countdown to Christmas winners selected live on FB & Shademakers Holiday Lighting Award
09 Chillicothe Christian Church Open House - A Night in Bethlehem, 2-5pm
09 7th Annual Jingle Bell Bazaar - Shore Acres Clubhouse, 10am
09 Daddy & Me Day Out at Pearce FUNdraiser - Pearce Community Center, 2pm
11 Painting Day Out at Pearce FUNdraiser - Pearce Community Center, 9am

Come on out and see what’s happening in Chillicothe!

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