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The Whiteside County Highway Department just received word from the Union Pacific Railroad that
the scheduled closure of Lyndon Road (south of Route 30) which was scheduled to begin on
Monday, June 21, 2010 has been postponed for approximately 2 weeks (the date is unspecified
at this time). Please watch for future announcements concerning the upcoming closure.
The Union Pacific Railroad would like to thank the traveling public for their understanding
concerning the change in plans.
For additional information concerning the project, please contact the Whiteside County Highway
Department at 815-772-7651.
The Whiteside County Highway Department is announcing the closure of Lyndon Road (south of
Route 30) to all thru traffic beginning Monday, June 21, 2010 through Friday, June 25, 2010
(weather permitting) to allow the Union Pacific Railroad to make repairs to their at-grade crossing
just east of Morrison. The area is located approximately 1½ miles east of the City of Morrison and
¼ mile south of Route 30.
The Union Pacific (UP) Railroad will perform the work with their forces and signing will help to
inform traffic until work on the crossing is completed. Motorists are advised to adjust their travel
plans where possible to avoid the construction area.
For additional information concerning the project, please contact the Whiteside County Highway
Department at 815-772-7651.
US ROUTE 30  - RECONSTRUCTION

The Whiteside County Highway Department has been notified that reconstruction of approximately 3 miles of US Route 30,  between Emerson Road and Galt Road, will begin on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 and will continue until approximately September 1st, 2010.  The construction area is located approximately 7 miles east of the City of Morrison and  3 miles west of the City of Sterling.   US Route. 30 will remain open to traffic during the reconstruction with flaggers present to direct traffic through the work area.  

Motorists are advised to adjust their travel plans when possible.  Travel  delays may be expected and motorists are advised to use extreme caution when traveling through the construction area.
Be advised that Northwest IL Construction, LLC  will be closing IL Route 136 at US Route 30 beginning on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 for approximately 30 days.  The closure is necessary to allow for the reconstruction of the intersection. 

There will be no marked detours during the closure.  Motorists are advised to adjust their travel plans accordingly during the construction period and to use extreme caution when traveling near the construction area.
Mon, May 05 2010

Lyndon Road Closing

The Whiteside County Highway Department has announced the 3 1/2 month closure of a 1 mile section of Lyndon Road beginning at 7:00 A.M. on Monday, May 17th, 2010 for the removal and replacement of a 3-span bridge plus related approach work.  Lyndon Road will be closed between Malvern Road on south to Clover Road on the north-approximately 1 mile.  The area is located approximately 4 1/2 miles NE of the City of Morrison and is 4 1/2 miles north of Route 30.

Lyndon Road(between Malvern Road and Clover Road) will be closed to all traffic during the 3 1/2 month construction period.  There will be no marked detours. Motorists are advised to adjust their travel plans accordingly until the construction is complete.

For additional information concerning the closure, please contact the Whiteside County Highway Department at 815-772-7651.

The 2010 Whiteside County Road & Address Atlas is now available.  It covers areas of the county outside of the corporate limits of cities and towns.  It can be purchased for $10 at the courthouse in Morrison, IL in the following offices:  GIS Office, Supervisor of Assessments Office, County Clerk’s Office, and the Recorder’s Office.  If you would prefer to request an atlas by mail, please send a check for $13 ($10 + $3 shipping & handling) to the Whiteside County GIS Office, 200 E. Knox St., Morrison, IL 61270.  Please include a return address.
The 2010 Road & Address Atlas was created from data maintained in the GIS Office.  The atlas is broken down into map pages by township, smaller maps focused on areas with concentrated addresses, and additional pages of county information.
Tue, April 04 2010

Equalization Explained

Let’s begin by asking the question “what is equalization?” In plain and simple English, equalization is bringing the median level of assessments in a township and/or a county to 33 1/3% of the fair cash value as required by Illinois law. The Supervisor of Assessments, the Board of Review, and the Department of Revenue have the statutory authority to equalize assessments.

This explanation brings with it two terms that may be unfamiliar to the reader: median level of assessments and  fair cash value.

What is the median level of assessments? Simply stated, it is the midpoint or middle of the range of assessments in a sales ratio study. A sales ratio study is a comparison of the selling price of a property and its prior year’s assessed value. This gives the actual level of assessments on each property that is sold. The levels of assessments are ranked from lowest to highest and the  midpoint is then plotted.  

What is “fair cash value”? Fair cash value is defined as “the amount for which a property can be sold in the due course of business and trade, not under duress, between a willing buyer and a willing seller.”

Now you may be asking yourself why do we equalize? Assessments are equalized at the Supervisor of Assessments or Board of Review level to ensure they are uniform among the 22 townships in Whiteside County. The Department of Revenue equalizes to ensure that assessment levels are uniform between the counties in Illinois.

Supervisor of Assessments and Board of Review equalization factors are developed and applied by township based on the 3 year median level of assessments and considering all reassessment work done in that township by the township assessor. The Department of Revenue’s equalization factor is developed by county and applied to all non-farm properties in the county.

Mon, April 04 2010

2010 Road Postings Lifted

SPRING ROAD POSTINGS LIFTED ON WHITESIDE COUNTY ROADS-EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7TH, 2010

The Whiteside County Highway Department has announced the lifting of the spring road postings for County Highways.  The postings will be lifted on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010.  (Townships may vary, so it is suggested that each township be contacted regarding their postings.)

For questions concerning the postings on County Highways, please contact the Highway Department at 772-7651.

The Whiteside County Highway Department has announced the posting of Spring weight limits for County Highways.  These postings will go in effect on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 and will remain in effect until further notice. (Township roads may vary, so it is suggested that each township be contacted regarding their postings. )  For questions concerning the postings on County Highways, please contact the Highway Department at 815-772-7651.

 

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office is asking concerned citizens throughout Whiteside County to become involved with the Neighborhood Watch Program. The Neighborhood Watch Program is an organized group of citizens devoted to crime prevention and law enforcement notification within a neighborhood

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