Aug
04

Rapid Deployment\Active Shooter Training

Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel announced today that recently during the month of July, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police and the Anna Police Department participated in a two day Active Shooter\Rapid Deployment training exercise at the Anna Junior Anna High School. The training was presented by instructors from the Illinois State Police utilizing simulated scenarios that Officers may encounter during a threat of violence. The exercise focused on certain training techniques designed to eliminate or defuse an attack or threat of violence to our schools.

“I appreciate and commend the instructors from the Illinois State Police for their skills and knowledge demonstrated during the two day training exercise. In addition, I would like to thank the dedicated Officers that took part in the training exercise. I feel through proper planning, education and training law enforcement officials can make a difference and deter any potential threats of violence against our schools.”

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1623

Aug
04

Todd Vincent Retires After Years of Service as Security Guard at Union County Courthouse

Todd VincentJONESBORO—The Union County staff and members of the public recently said goodbye to a face most of the county has become familiar with over the last ten plus years. On July 30, 2015, Todd Vincent completed his final day as the security guard for the Union County Courthouse.

Sheriff Scott Harvel arranged a surprise celebration for Vincent during the noon hour.

“I just wanted to thank Todd for his dedicated to service to Union County for the past thirteen years,” said Harvel.  “Todd was very a very reliable employee and performed his duties with the upmost professionalism. I want to congratulate Todd during his retirement years and wish him the best of luck.”

That sense of professionalism was noted by many who worked with Vincent on a daily basis.

“I like to get an early start so Todd was usually the first person I spoke to in the morning,” said Chief Information Officer Rollie Hawk.  “I was always impressed with his way with people coming in.  People aren’t always excited about coming to the courthouse when it’s for court or to pay taxes but Todd always had a friendly attitude with the public.”

Vincent’s last day ended on a notable high note.  July 30 was the due date for the first installment of property taxes as well as a busy court day, resulting in a new record in foot traffic.

“After closing on Thursday, I asked Todd how our numbers looked,” added Hawk.  “His count was 608 for the day, give or take a few.  We got close to 600 earlier in the year but this was definitely a record.”

The staff of Union County thank Todd Vincent for his years of service to the Courthouse and the citizens of Union County.

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Jul
22

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for July 24, 2015

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
July 24, 2015 @ 8:30 am
Union County Courthouse Community Room

I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

IV. BUILDING PERMITS

V. COUNTY FINANCES DISTRIBUTION

VI. OLD BUSINESS

A. Executive Session: Pursuant to Open Meetings Act Sec. 2(c)(11)-pending litigation; 2(c)(2)-collective negotiating matters; 2(c)(1)-employees; 2(c)(5) and 2(c)(6)-real estate; 2(c)(7)-sale of securities

VII. NEW BUSINESS

A. Approve Payment of Bills Report

B. Complaints About Animal Control – Rena Hileman

C.  Project Review: 4-H Illini Fighting Hunger – Kristi Stout

D.  Grant Review: Redeploy & Juvenile Justice Progress Report – Jessica Beaty

E.  Appointment of Members To The Union County Hotel Operator’s Occupancy Tax Board

F.  Citizen Review: Bauer Road Bridge Condition- Kristi McAlister & Kassi Needling

G.  Proposal for New Ambulance Service Rates – Grant Capel & Jamie Watkins

H.  Electrical Agreement – Rollie Hawk

VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Richard Cunningham – Union County Economic Development, 911

Bobby Toler, Jr. – Shawnee Development Council

Dale Russell – Southern Seven Health Dept., Southern Five Regional Planning

Danny Hartline – Animal Control

Max Miller – Animal Control

IX. OTHER BUSINESS

X. PUBLIC COMMENTS

XI. ADJOURNMENT

Meeting dates are the second and fourth Friday of each month, unless noted.
Agenda items shall be received in the Union County Clerk’s office by Tuesday, before Friday’s meeting.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1610

Jul
16

RFP – Case Management Software

CASE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
FOR THE OFFICE OF THE
UNION COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY

Overview

Union County (the “County”) is issuing this Request for Proposals (the “RFP”) for case management software for the Office of the Union County State’s Attorney (the “State’s Attorney”).

Sealed proposals will be received by the County until 4:00PM July 31, 2015 by the Office of the Union County Clerk.

Questions regarding this RFP or technical specifications may be directed to the Chief Information Officer (the “CIO”) via email at cio@unioncountyil.gov or by telephone at 618-925-2470.

The full RFP document is available for download.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1608

Jul
08

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for July 10, 2015

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
July 10, 2015 @ 8:30 am
Union County Courthouse Community Room

I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

IV. BUILDING PERMITS

V. COUNTY FINANCES DISTRIBUTION

VI. OLD BUSINESS

A. Executive Session: Pursuant to Open Meetings Act Sec. 2(c)(11)-pending litigation; 2(c)(2)-collective negotiating matters; 2(c)(1)-employees; 2(c)(5) and 2(c)(6)-real estate; 2(c)(7)-sale of securities

B. Collective Bargaining Agreement: Ambulance Service and IAFF/AFFI Local 4857

C. Bald Knob Cross Tourism Funding Request

VII. NEW BUSINESS

A. Approve Payment of Bills Report

B. Resolution to Appoint Dale Russell to the Southern Five Regional Planning Commission

C. Electricity Rate Change/Ameren

VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Richard Cunningham – Union County Economic Development, 911

Bobby Toler, Jr. – Shawnee Development Council

Dale Russell – Southern Seven Health Dept., Southern Five Regional Planning

Danny Hartline – Animal Control

Max Miller – Animal Control

IX. OTHER BUSINESS

X. PUBLIC COMMENTS

XI. ADJOURNMENT

Meeting dates are the second and fourth Friday of each month, unless noted.
Agenda items shall be received in the Union County Clerk’s office by Tuesday, before Friday’s meeting.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1596

Jul
02

Union County Treasurer releases annual “WHERE DO MY TAXES GO?” report

In what has become an annual tradition coinciding with the release of property tax bills, Union County Treasurer Darren Bailey has released the “Where Do My Taxes Go?” report. This year, the report includes two different graphs.

Where_Do_My_Taxes_Go_-_Percentages_-_2014p2015_-_Thumbnail“I think that each graph will speak to certain types of people. The bar graph is especially helpful in comparing tax rates across communities. ‘Who pays the most?’ and ‘Who pays the least?’” explained Bailey. “To accentuate that point, we’ve added a graphic across the top that gives a rough estimate of a tax bill on a $100,000 home in each of the communities represented.”

Those approximated tax bills range from just over $2000 to as much as a little over $3000.

“It certainly reinforces the message that choices matter in the ballot box. Each taxing district makes choices that affect your tax bill, but voters themselves can have an impact, too—especially when we consider referendums,” Bailey added.

Where_Do_My_Taxes_Go_-_Proportions_-_2014p2015_-_ThumbnailThe other graphic included in the report is comprised by a series of pie charts.

Bailey explained, “Each pie chart represents a different community, and each wedge of the pie represents a taxing district. The larger the wedge, the larger the portion of the total tax bill that tax district receives.”

In general, the largest wedges in each community belong to school districts—unit school districts and combined grade schools and high schools run from about 55% to 66% of a tax bill. Three taxing districts show-up on near every tax bill in the county—Shawnee Community College, the Union County Government, and the County Unit Road District.

The Union County Government’s portion represents roughly 20% of each tax bill, depending on the rates of the other districts. The County Unit Road District is a new name for an established process, and represents about 2% of each tax bill.

Darren Bailey 8x6The Unit Road District is a tax-sharing process, wherein the County collects tax revenue for road maintenance throughout the county and distributes a representative portion back to the individual cities and villages. Taxpayers will notice “zeroed-out” values of the old “Unit Bridge,” “Roads in Village,” and “Roads out Village” tax districts, with those values moved to the new, more appropriate “Unit Road District.”

Bailey concluded, “Overall, I think this exercise is always interesting and valuable to the taxpayers. Everyone dreads the release of the tax bill, but this information gives each of us the power to understand where each dollar is going. From there, we can judge if we think we are getting a good return on our investment.”

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1586

Jun
24

Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for June 26, 2015

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AGENDA FOR
June 26, 2015 @ 8:30 am
Union County Courthouse Community Room

I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

IV. BUILDING PERMITS

V. COUNTY FINANCES DISTRIBUTION

VI. OLD BUSINESS

A. Executive Session: Pursuant to Open Meetings Act Sec. 2(c)(11)-pending litigation; 2(c)(2)-collective negotiating matters; 2(c)(1)-employees; 2(c)(5) and 2(c)(6)-real estate; 2(c)(7)-sale of securities

B. Collective Bargaining Agreement: Ambulance Service and IAFF/AFFI Local 4857

VII. NEW BUSINESS

A. Shawnee Development Report-Paula Stairs

B. Union County Senior Citizens Council Report

C. Bald Knob Cross Tourism Funding Request

D. 4-H General Show Report- Dena Wood & Kristi Stout

E. Approve Payment of Bills Report

F. Resolution to Appoint Members to the Lick Creek Public Water District Board

G. Resolution to Appoint a Member to the Southern Five Regional Planning Commission

VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Richard Cunningham – Union County Economic Development, 911

Bobby Toler, Jr. – Shawnee Development Council

Dale Russell – Southern Seven Health Dept., Southern Five Regional Planning

Danny Hartline – Animal Control

Max Miller – Animal Control

IX. OTHER BUSINESS

X. PUBLIC COMMENTS

XI. ADJOURNMENT

Meeting dates are the second and fourth Friday of each month, unless noted.
Agenda items shall be received in the Union County Clerk’s office by Tuesday, before Friday’s meeting.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1583

Jun
18

PUBLIC NOTICE

THE UNION COUNTY FARMLAND ASSESSMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE WILL HOLD THEIR ANNUAL MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING IN THE UNION COURTHOUSE COMMUNITY ROOM ON TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015 AT 8:00 A.M.

SUBJECT OF WHICH SHALL BE THE EQUALIZED ASSESSED VALES OF FARMLAND FOR THE 2016 ASSESSMENT YEAR. THIS HEARING IS HELD IS ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 10-120 OF THE PROPERTY TAX CODE.

TAMMY M. ROBINSON, CIAO
SUPERVISOR OF ASSESSMENTS
UNION COUNTY

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1581

Jun
18

Public Notice

THE UNION COUNTY BOARD OF REVIEW, OPENED JUNE 12, 2015  FOR THE 2015

ASSESSMENT YEAR. A WRITTEN COMPLAINT MAY BE FILED FROM THIS DATE TO 30 DAYS AFTER  PUBLICATION OF THE  ASSESSMENT LIST. THESE COMPLAINTS AFFECT THE ASSESSMENT FOR THE 2015 PAYABLE 2016 TAX YEAR THIS IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 16-55 OF THE PROPERTY TAX CODE.

BOARD OF REVIEW COMPLAINT FORMS AND RULES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SUPERVISOR OF ASSESSMENTS OFFICE, LOCATED AT 309 W. MARKET ST. ROOM 128  JONESBORO, IL 62952 OR BY CALLING 618-833-8051

TAMMY M. ROBINSON
BOARD OF REVIEW-CLERK
UNION COUNTY

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.unioncountyil.gov/?p=1579

Jun
18

JJC Meeting – Noon, June 19th @ John A. Logan College

The First Judicial Circuit Juvenile Justice Council (JJC) invites you to join us this Friday, June 19th at noon at John A. Logan College for our general council meeting in Room F103. At the meeting, the JJC will be discussing upcoming projects, as well as issues that members of the First Judicial Circuit would like to address. We welcome community members, parents, and youth to attend and to provide valuable input as to effective ways we can address juvenile delinquency in our community. If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact the JJC Secretary Myles Depew at mdepew@unioncountyil.gov.

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