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Golf Cart Ordinance and Registration Form

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The Board of Trustees of the Village of Hennepin approved Ordinance #594 on January 19 at their regular meeting, providing for revisions and clarifications to the Recreational Vehicle Ordinance already in place.   Specific changes to the Ordinance include the requirement for annual, color-coded stickers for each vehicle, which will be issued on a (1) calendar year basis. In addition, all recreational vehicles must be equipped with a horn and a rear-view mirror, along with the already required front and rear lights. Residents who have already paid for a multi-year sticker will not be required to pay any additional fees through their expiration date, but MUST request a 2022 color-coded sticker and comply with new guidelines. 2022 Golf Cart Registration Form Residents who have NOT registered their vehicles are advised to fill out the registration form to submit to the Village. Cost of the annual sticker is $10.00 . Checks can be made payable to the Village of Hennepin and sent along w

New Garbage Company in Granville to Provide Residential Services This Spring

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Family owned business to service Illinois Valley All American Disposal, a family-owned waste management service in Granville, will offer residential services starting in the spring.   All American opened in July and offers commercial services to businesses across the Illinois Valley. Owner Mandy Burash said the company will expand in the spring to service residential clients in rural Hennepin and Granville. Burash said she opened the business because of her family ties and history in the waste management industry. Her grandfather owned Hennepin Disposal when she was a kid. She said she has fond memories of her grandfather driving the truck and her dad hanging off the back, jumping on and off for pickups. The company will start small with a few clients. Burash’s goal is to eventually take on more clients in other areas and potentially contract out services with cities in the area. Right now, she and a couple of family members are the only ones running the business. “There’s such a high

Full Time Maintenance Employee Position Available

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Update: Resumes will be accepted through September 30.  The Village of Hennepin is hiring for a full time maintenance position. The details are listed below. Thank you!

Upgrades Underway at Marquis Energy, Bringing More Local Jobs

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Low-carbon projects will bring market stability to area farmers, CEO says Upgrades are underway at the Marquis Industrial Complex in Hennepin. Marquis announced the 873-acre expansion in February of this year.   “These updates and investments we’re making to the Marquis Industrial Complex bring room for new low-carbon projects that provide opportunities for local jobs and market stability for area farmers,” said Mark Marquis, CEO at Marquis. Last fall, Marquis announced a plan for the Marquis Industrial Complex to be the world’s first carbon-neutral industrial complex with on-site carbon injection. Marquis acquired an adjoining 2,500 acres surrounding the Marquis Energy Ethanol Plant and added a mile of riverfront access, four miles of rail, and direct access to Interstate 180 on-ramps and off-ramps. The former Hennepin steel mill site is primed for large-scale hydrogen projects having a dual service feed with 82 megawatts, 138,000-volt electrical lines, additional natural gas capacity

Sen. Duckworth Says Inflation Reduction Act Will Kick Start Efforts at Marquis Energy in Hennepin

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Marquis facility is expected to account for 5% of the Biden Administration’s sustainable aviation fuel challenge   Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Chicago) said Marquis Energy’s sustainable aviation fuel production goal is the kind of project the Democratic-led Inflation Reduction Act will help kickstart. Duckworth, who visited the Hennepin ethanol plant, along with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy David Turk, highlighted ethanol production and the federal government’s support of homegrown biofuels, including Democrats’ efforts to make the Inflation Reduction Act law. “At a time when big oil has been profiting off the backs of hardworking Americans and our nation is facing a climate crisis, the Renewable Fuels Standard and the U.S. biofuel sector are as vital as they’ve ever been,” Duckworth said. “From working on the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes historic support for renewable energy and will help bring down costs for working families, to reminding folks that supporting biofuels mean

Hennepin and Putnam County Historical Society to Host Hennepin Heritage Fest on Sept. 17

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Events to take place throughout the day   The village of Hennepin and the Putnam County Historical Society will be sponsoring Hennepin Heritage Fest: “Brats, Blues and History Too!” on Sept 17. Events will kick off at 11 a.m. with old time children’s games followed by a storytelling workshop by Megan Baznik from noon to 2 p.m., both at the PC Historical Society Meeting House. At 1 p.m. Austin Gollaher will present Lincoln Tales Tall and True Portrayed by Brian Fox Ellis at the Putnam County Courthouse courtroom. From 2 to 4 p.m. there will be a Hennepin Riverside Cemetery Walk with 20-minute tours and costumed actors bringing the voices of Hennepin’s history to life. The brats and blues event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. in Walter Durley Boyle Park with a brat meal available for purchase from 5 to 7 p.m. and The Double Dave Trios/Crossroads Combo Blues band performing from 6 to 9 p.m. Water, soda and ice cream will be available for purchase. Guests are welcome to bring other beverages

Gracie Ciucci and Friends Complete Fundraiser in Hennepin to Honor Late Father

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Group reaches fundraising goal of $5,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention At 7 p.m. Wednesday while many locals were sitting down for dinner or relaxing on the couch; Gracie Ciucci and her friends were embarking on a fundraising journey to honor her late father, Eric Ciucci.   Eric died by suicide in 2014 at the age of 37. He was the Putnam County Girls Golf Coach and is remembered around the community for his impact on the local youth and love for his family. Inspired by a video on TikTok, Ciucci and her friends decided to complete the 24 miles in 24 hours challenge. The event involves participants running a mile at the top of every hour for a day. “When I first saw it I didn’t think the challenge would be that hard, but I was wrong,” Ciucci said. “It’s definitely a sacrifice and you’re constantly watching the clock.” Ciucci added many of the participants complete the challenge with very little sleep to be sure they do not miss a top-of-the-hour run. “We sleep a litt

Illinois River Valley Tractor Drive

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The Putnam County Historical Society Ag Building will be the starting site of this year's 7th annual Illinois River Valley Tractor Drive on August 13th. The route will start with the thirty-one antique tractors driving by Hennepin's Riverfront at 9:00 AM and proceed for 60 miles touring scenic area of Putnam County.   The monies raised by this event will be going to the Putnam County FFA.

No Bureau, La Salle, Putnam School Districts Have Opted into National Sex Education Standards for 2022-23

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‘It was a sensitive topic,’ school official says as schools follow due dilligence La Salle, Bureau and Putnam county public school districts are not jumping into teaching new state sex education standards. No district in the three-county radius has chosen to opt into the National Sex Education Standards signed into law last year by Gov. JB Pritzker, and taking effect for the 2022-23 school year. In signing the bill, Pritzker said the NSES standards would help keep children safe, but the standards have become a target for some parents, conservative groups and religious leaders across the state who contend the standards are not appropriate, especially at the elementary school level. School districts that don’t provide comprehensive sexual health education are not required to adopt the standards and parents may choose to opt out for their children. School districts that teach personal health and safety standards to elementary students, as well as comprehensive sex education to middle and