Author: Tammy Finch

Cooling center

Bartonville Christian Church will be open today (5/11/22) as a cooling center for those with no AC. Come out and get cool, have a meal, play some games, and get to know others in your community. Please spread the word to anyone in need.

Please call 217-617-1079 or message on facebook if interested!

Mosquito sampling by INHS researchers at Clara A. Lauterbach Park 6/15/22-10/31/22

Project description: Statewide Survey of Mosquito-borne Arboviruses and Their Vectors
Medical Entomology Laboratory, Illinois Natural History Survey

Primary Investigator: Christopher Stone, Director,
Permit Applicant: Andrew Mackay, Assoc. Scientist,

The main aim of this 3-year project (2020-2022) is to detect and characterize the transmission of mosquito-borne viruses of public health concern that are not typically tested for in Illinois. To accomplish this, we are sampling mosquitoes from several locations across the state and screening them for evidence of infection for a broad range of arboviral pathogens (examples: Eastern equine encephalitis virus, Jamestown Canyon virus, La Crosse encephalitis virus). Study sites were typically chosen based on their habitat suitability for several mosquito species implicated as important vectors of human pathogens. Information collected from this effort will also provide detailed insights into mosquito species assemblages throughout the state, and allow for monitoring for invasive mosquitoes species, novel mosquito-borne pathogens and the prevalence of insecticide resistance mechanisms in vector mosquito populations.

Field sampling
At Clara A. Lauterbach Park, we are proposing to place these devices at the approximate locations sampled in 2021 (Fig. 1). Beginning approximately 16 June, we plan to conduct adult mosquito sampling over a 24-hour period, every 3 weeks, and end sampling prior to 31 October 2022 (total 7 sampling dates). Two CDC-light traps and a single BG-sentinel trap will be placed at the “A” location; a BG-sentinel trap, a CDC-light trap and a UV-light trap will be suspended at the “B” location; and a BG-sentinel trap and a CDC-light trap will be placed at the “C” location.

All sampling equipment will be labelled with the investigator’s contact information, identified as part of an ongoing research study, and will be removed at the conclusion of the field season (i.e., on or before 31 October 2022). None of our activities are expected to result in environmental disturbances. Physical actions will be limited to the placement of mosquito sampling devices distributed across three sampling locations separated by at least 100 m, as described above.

Sample processing.
All mosquito samples collected will be transported to the INHS Medical Entomology laboratory on dry ice and stored at -80 C until processed. All mosquitoes will be identified and enumerated, and specimens of species known or suspected to be important arbovirus vectors will be pooled and screening by rt-PCR for the presence of several pathogens. Blood engorged mosquitoes will also be retained for later extraction and identification of host DNA.

Figure 1. Locations at Clara A. Lauterbach Park sampled for adult mosquitoes in 2021.
Figure 2. Photos of adult mosquito sampling devices: A) CDC-light trap suspended from tree limb, and B) a BG-Sentinel trap.

Drug Take-Back Event

A prescription drug take-back event takes place Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This drive-thru disposal event will take place at OSF Center for Health on Route 91.

Weed Legal Notice


Legal Notice

Sec. 26-160. – Notice to abate—Vacant property and property with unoccupied structures. 

This shall serve as notice informing all owners and persons in control of any vacant property or any property with an unoccupied structure that the growth of weeds is in violation of Village codes Sec. 26-157 and Sec.

26-158. This notice shall further inform such persons that the Village may cut or destroy the weeds without further notice, and the cost and expense to the Village shall be paid by the owners or the owners or persons in control of the property.


Notice of Zoning Hearing

NOTICE OF ZONING HEARING The Zoning Board of Appeals has been asked to consider a petition for Variance (a driveway extension) at 4529 Correll Court,  Bartonville, IL. 61607 made by owner Sally K. Boers.
Property Tax ID# 17-35-227-018.

This Hearing is scheduled for 04/26/2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the Village Hall Council Chambers at 5912 South Adams Street, Bartonville, IL. 61607
All interested parties are invited to attend in person or by ZOOM.
If you wish to make a comment in writing for the official record, it must be delivered to the Village Clerk at the Village Hall or emailed to no later than 4:30 p.m.

Village of Bartonville
Zoning Board of Appeals
Join Meeting using Zoom for your convenience and to promote social distancing.
Meeting ID:5572094728
Password: 5LEjhw

Alpha Park “Blessing Box”

Alpha Park “Blessing Box”
Located in Alpha Park by the North playground (top of the circle drive)

The “Blessing Box” is an honor system food pantry where people can take food who are in need.

Also, this is an easy way for those who want to help others to donate non-perishable food.

You can always donate to the “Blessing Box”, just stop by the box and leave a blessing for others!!

Thank you to the Jill Blochus and her husband for building and maintaining the “Blessing Box”.

Back to Business Grants


We are happy to give you the latest update on B2B awards, totaling $171 million. This means that there is nearly $79 million left to go. Our partners at Allies for Community Business are working hard to carefully review applications and get relief to businesses in need.

The application for Back to Business grants closed on October 13th, and every business still awaiting a decision on their application is grouped into one of four priority groups. Business owners can check the status of their application by logging into the portal.

Lucas Smith Blood Drive 2021

Donate Blood In Memory of Lucas Smith.  Lucas was a 16-year old Limestone Community High School student who received blood products following a motor vehicle accident that ultimately took his life. The blood Lucas received stabilized his condition long enough for his family to say goodbye. The blood products also provided time to keep his organs viable for organ donation.

Lucas was always on the go, had many friends and participated in wrestling and football. He was active in his church youth group and loved to volunteer. He was always there to help anyone he could. Even at the end of his life, he was able to help other through organ donation.

This is the second blood drive held in Lucas’ name. We invite all to donate blood, but especially families and friends from Limestone Community High School, Richwoods Christian Church and those involved with youth high school wrestling programs. We encourage you to donate blood on a consistent basis throughout the community as you never know when someone close to you might need these resources.

Live Like Lucas
Blood Drive
Limestone High School
4201 S. Airport Rd
Bartonville, IL 61607
Saturday, October 23, 2021
8:00AM – 2:00PM
For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit
(Enter Sponsor Code: LiveLikeLucas)

State Urges Small Businesses to Apply for $226 Million in Remaining Funds Before October 13 Deadline

To help offset COVID-19 losses for the hardest hit small businesses and communities, today Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced the first wave of grants made through the Back to Business (B2B) recovery program. To date, 521 grants totaling more than $24 million have been provided to small businesses in 39 counties and 146 cities across the state. The first wave of funds provided through this program will support a wide diversity of businesses representing multiple industries, geographies, and with more than half of the grants provided to minority-owned businesses in Illinois. Please see VOB’s Business Resource page for more information or visit: