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HilmesMayor Charlie Hilmes    Breese Mayor Charlie Hilmes announced at the end of the Sept. 15 city council meeting that he will not be running for re-election.
    Hilmes made the announcement to the city's aldermen and supervisors on Sept. 14 at the finance committee meeting.
    "If anyone really needs a reason, I'm 70 years old and I want to enjoy the time I've got left," he said.
    Hilmes noted that petitions for municipal school boards and township elections were available starting Sept. 22.
    Petitions are available at City Hall or online at the city of Breese and Clinton County websites.
    "They'll tell you what you need to do," Hilmes said of the websites.
    The filing period for the elections is Dec. 14 through Dec. 21, with the election the first Tuesday in April, the 6th, of 2021.
    In other business, council members voted to pay tax increment financing loans back to the city's general fund.
    The amounts were $198,800 from TIF District 1, and the second amount from TIF District 2, was $53,000.
    Those are reimbursements, Alderman Tim Schleper said, and when the city conducts TIF projects, the money comes out of the city's general fund.
    That would include projects designed to improve the TIF districts. 
    After the projects are completed, the city reimburses the general fund through its TIF.
    Don Voss, the city's public works manager, told the council the City Hall renovation project is scheduled to start Oct. 16.
    At the Sept. 14 finance committee meeting, a change order was sought for the entire floor project, whose bid is in at $25,598.43, which prompted the city council to request another bid.

CarshowRick Kohrmann (center) visits with patrons of Sunday’s Clinton County Car Club show on North Second Street in downtown Breese. (Photo by Bryan Hunt)    Members of the Clinton County Car Club took advantage of some great weather to show off their wheels Sunday afternoon in Breese.
    Club members and others lined the 500 block of North Second Street, outside The Fainting Goat bar and restaurant, whose owners, Ashley and Ryan Driemeyer, have been the subject of a state crackdown on COVID-19 restrictions on indoor dining.
    The couple own and operate The Fainting Goat in Pocahontas, which they opened about the time the newest COVID mitigations were put in place by Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
    Those rules included a ban on indoor dining, which the Driemeyers recently went back to at both restaurants — and the subject of citations they received last week — and closures at 11 p.m.
    Outdoors, things appeared about as normal as could be, with vehicles lining the streets and people strolling along, chatting and taking in the selection of high-dollar restorations.
    Rick Kohrmann, 61, brought his 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo to the show.
    The stock brown behemoth was purchased by his father, Virgil Kohrmann, Rick Kohrmann said, during his sophomore year in high school.

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