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Adams County accepts $6 million in Federal money

Adams County accepts $6 million in Federal money

1 month ago by Scott Hardy

Travis Cooley named to Board, replaces Barney Bier

The Adams County Board has a new member, as the County starts to decide how it will spend some of the pandemic relief money it will get from the Federal Government. Scott Hardy has more.

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The County Board Tuesday night approved the appointment of Travis Cooley, to represent the Fourth District. He takes the place of former County State's Attorney Barney Bier, who resigned after the April meeting. That resignation was submitted after the Board voted to recommend that he be removed from his committee assignments, including the chairmanship of the Legislative and Judicial Committee. Board Chairman Kent Snider says that Cooley, the Senior Vice President of Liberty Bank, was the only candidate selected by County Republicans.

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He'll serve the remainder of Bier's term until next November. The Board voted to accept just over $6.3 million from the American Recovery Plan legislation passed by Congress. County Finance Chairman Bret Austin says that the County will get just over $12.7 million over the next two years, with 2024 deadline to spend it. He told the Board that County department heads have already submitted their wish lists. Austin said after the meeting that there are numerous ways the County could spend the money.

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The County Board also approved a resolution telling Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly that they're opposed to Senate Bill 1602. That bill would over-ride a county board's ability to create local ordinances towards wind farms, including zoning. Adams County doesn't have any county-wide zoning ordinances.

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