Author: Tammy Finch

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
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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:


Take back your prescription drugs October 23

Take back your prescription drugs

Keep them safe. Clean them out. Take them back.


Saturday, October 23 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

OSF Center for Health,

8600 Route 91, Peoria


Drop off all prescription medications, including needles. No questions asked. Medications can be left in their original containers, but patient names and personal information must be removed.


The following medications will NOT BE ACCEPTED — liquids (including lotions and ointments), inhalers, aerosol cans, illegal drugs and IV bags and tubing.

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Where:  American Legion, 4501 S. Airport Road, Bartonville, IL

When:  September 1, 2021 & September 8, 2021

Time:  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Vaccines available:  Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer

Doses available:  1st & 2nd doses

Sponsored by: The American Legion, Peoria County Health Department & Illinois Army National Guard


S. Lafayette (both directions) will be closed at Rutledge Avenue for gas main work. Please follow detour signs. Project should be completed by 9/6/2021.

You, friends or family may need financial assistance, applications for state funding open soon!

Every day, we hear from customers who are struggling to make ends meet. If you or someone you know is having difficulty paying the energy bill, help is on the way.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application period begins Sept. 1, 2021. Call the hotline at 1.877.411.9276 or visit for more details.

Customers who do not qualify for LIHEAP may benefit from a grant from Warm Neighbors Cool Friends (WNCF). Information on WNCF, as well as a step-by-step plan on how to manage your energy bill and avoid large balances, can be found at

Ameren Illinois offers a variety of energy-saving resources to help residential customers manage their usage, improve their comfort and reduce their costs. No matter what your budget is, there are ways to start improving the energy performance of your home today. Explore our Energy-Saving Center at and find useful tools and how-to videos to save energy in your home now.


Mary Heger
Senior Vice President – Customer Experience

Illinois Announces Back To Business Grants for Small Business Relief

The state of Illinois announced its Back to Business grant designed to help small businesses who suffered revenue losses between 2019 and 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $250 million in grants are available, ranging from $5,000 to $150,000. The eligibility for the program is very broad and most businesses with $20 million or less in annual revenue are qualified. The program also has set asides and priorities for certain hard hit business types like restaurants and hotels, smaller businesses (under $5 million in revenue), businesses in low-income census tracts, and businesses who were not helped by other programs like Paycheck Protection Program and Business Interruption Grant.  The state’s application portal will be open to accept submissions starting on Wednesday, August 18. The last day for applications will be October 11.  There is lots more information here including the eligibility rules (in Spanish here) and an FAQ (Spanish version coming soon).

We’ve created a network of Community Navigators in our region. Navigators are local nonprofit organizations trained to help you understand the rules of the B2B grant and help you apply.  If you need assistance applying for this grant, click the button below to be connected with a Community Navigator near you.


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The Zoning Board of Appeals has been asked to consider a petition made by Joel Schindler and Rusty Gibson for REZONING 502 S. Ricketts Ave. and 504 S. Ricketts Ave. from R2 to C1.

Property Tax ID# 17-26-432-001.

This Hearing is scheduled for 9/14/2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Council Chambers at 5912 South Adams Street, Bartonville, IL.

All interested parties are invited to attend.

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 no later than at 4:30 p.m. 9/10/2021.

Village of Bartonville  
Zoning Board of Appeals  

Join Meeting using Zoom for your convenience and to promote social distancing.

Meeting ID:5572094728

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