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Applications Open for City of Belleville’s COVID-19 Business Recovery Grant Program

Belleville, Ill. – December 18, 2020 – The City of Belleville recently receiveCOVID Business Grant Graphicd $150,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to implement the Belleville COVID-19 Business Recovery Grant Program. READ MORE.

Belleville Public Library Partners with PCs for People, Providing Affordable Computers for Residents 

Belleville, Ill. – December 16, 2020Belleville, Ill. – Belleville Public Library has partnered with PCs for People, a non-profit organization that refurbishes computers and distributes them into the community at little to no cost for qualifying families.

As a partnering organization, the Belleville Public Library will serve as a location for residents to donate used equipment or pick-up refurbished computers through PCs for People.

“This organization has established an office in the metro east and Belleville Public Library is partnering with them to help bridge the digital divide in our area,” said Director of Library Leander Spearman. “We’ve seen people lose internet and computer access as a result of the pandemic, so we’re happy to help with this project knowing many residents can now regain digital access.”  READ MORE

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City of Belleville Establishes Payment Drop Box on West End 

Belleville, Ill. – December 4, 2020 – The City of Belleville has installed a new drop box for sewer and trash payments, located at 8800 W. Main St.

To pay sewer androp box d trash bills, residents may drop checks or money orders at any of the the payment drop boxes throughout the city. Other payment drop boxes are located on the second block of South 1st St. along the County Parking Garage, and at the north entrance of City Hall, 101 S. Illinois St., Belleville. Residents may also call 877-885-7968 to pay over the phone or visit to pay online.

Effective, Mon. Nov. 16, 2020, the City of Belleville closed its buildings to the public in accordance with the recommendation of the Illinois Department of Public Health to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

All essential services continue, including housing inspections, and each department remains operational with staff. Appointments are being accepted for essential business. The public should contact City Hall at 618-233-6810 to discuss what service they need and how it is being conducted. All employees will report to work as usual unless otherwise notified.

The City of Belleville encourages all residents and visitors to the city to exercise extreme caution with COVID-19 recommendations to keep yourself, family, and fellow residents healthy.

City of Belleville, Optimist Club Host Letters to Santa with live Santacasts

Belleville, Ill. – November 25, 2020 – With COVID-19 mitigations in place, holiday events around the City of Belleville look different this year, but there are still plenty of activities and opportunities to experience Belleville for the holidays.

With that, the City of Belleville and the Optimist Club of Belleville have partnered, continuing their long-standing relationship, to offer Letters to Santa and Live Santacasts.

Children are encouraged to drop off their Letters to Santa in the special North Pole Mailbox, located at the northeast quadrant of the Public Square in Belleville, and then tune in to live Santacasts on Facebook to see if their letter will be read by Santa Claus.Santacasts

The live Santacasts are scheduled for the following dates and times:

  • November 27 @ 10 a.m.
  • December 2 @ 7 p.m.
  • December 9 @ 7 p.m.
  • December 16 @ 7 p.m.
  • December 23 @ 7 p.m.

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“While we can’t host our traditional festivities this year, there is still plenty of great shopping, dining and exploring in Belleville, and our shop owners have gone above and beyond to decorate and invite you to experience our city,” said Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert. “We’ve still got many traditions happening such as our Gingerbread Contest, the Old Belleville Historical Luminary Walk, and the Way of Lights.”

 For a comprehensive list of events and activities throughout the City of Belleville, visit

City of Belleville Appeals to DCEO to Fund Belleville COVID-19 Business Recovery Grant Program

Belleville, Ill. – November 23, 2020 – The City of Belleville recently COVID Graphicmade application to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) through the Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency & Economic Support Payments Grants Program to fund the Belleville COVID-19 Business Recovery Grant Program.

The appeal requested $150,000 to create the local relief program, which, if funded, would offer grants of up to $5,000 for Belleville businesses that meet the eligibility criteria. The Metro East was allotted $2.1 million under the program based on population, the same formula used for the Local Government Distributive Fund. READ MORE

City of Belleville Closes Offices to Public, Services Available by Appointment Only 

Belleville, Ill. – November 13, 2020 – The City of Belleville, in accordance with the recommendation of the Illinois Department of Public Health will close its buildings to the public, effective, Mon. Nov. 16, 2020. READ MORE

Belleville Public Library to Welcome Bestselling Author with Launch of City-Wide Book Club

Belleville, Ill. – November 5, 2020 – Last month, the Belleville Public Library launched Belleville Reads: A City-Wide Book Club as a way to expand services and engage residents throughout the pandemic. Now, in December, the group will welcome the bestselling author of its initial book, The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett in its inaugural Author’s Showcase. READ MORE Authors Showcase Final

City of Belleville Looks to Grow Human Relations Commission

BellClapp, Lynneville, Ill. – November 2, 2020 – The City of Belleville is looking to boost membership on its Human Relations Commission, a group established in 1998 with the purpose of ensuring fair and equal treatment for all residents. READ MORE

Belleville’s Historic Preservation Commission Aims to Keep History Part of City’s Future

Belleville, Ill. – October 23, 2020 – Molly McKenzie spent a 32-year career working for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and upon her retirement from that organization, the City of Belleville’s Historic Preservation Commission didn’t waste any time bringing her aboard because her expertise and knowledge are much sought after in a town like BellevilleCOB Historic Preservation Commission.

“Belleville is an historically significant town,” said McKenzie, who now serves as the commission’s chairperson. “Belleville was founded in 1814, which is a pretty old town for this region. When it became the county seat, it attracted a variety of different people including the French, Revolutionary War veterans and Germans. The successive waves of migration made Belleville a remarkably interesting melting pot of people.” READ MORE

City of Belleville to Demolish 20 Dilapidated Homes 

Beldemo 3 Opens in new windowleville, Ill. – October 21, 2020 – The City of Belleville on Monday night unanimously voted to demolish 20 dilapidated homes throughout the City of Belleville.  READ MORE 

Belleville Public Library Launches Belleville Reads Book Club

Belleville, Ill. – October 9, 2020 – The City of Belleville’s Public Library will launch Belleville Reads: A City-Wide Book Club starting Mon., Oct. 19.

“We’re exploring ways to keep the sense of community around the library given the restrictions of the pandemic and thought this would be a great way to get a variety of individuals together to celebrate reading even though we’re apart right now,” said Director of Libraries Leander Spearman. READ MORE

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Belleville’s Former Ameren MGP Site Selected as 2020 ASCE St. Louis Section Project of the Year

Belleville, Ill. – September 24, 2020 – The former Ameren Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Site, located near 6th and Main Street in Belleville has been selected for the 2020 ASCE St. Louis Section Project of the Year Award. The project, which was conducted in coordination with the City of Belleville, Ameren, PSC Industrial Outsourcing LP, Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC, and Terracon Consultants, Inc., focused on environmental remediation and restoration of the site, which was formerly home to a facility that turned coal into usable gas from the 1860s through the 1920s. 

 “A significant level of coordination was required between the City of Belleville Engineer and the Belleville Director of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sewers to develop approaches for remediation around existing sewer lines,” said Allen Minks, Senior Consultant with Terracon. “PSC and Ameren were also required to work with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in order to perform work within Richland Creek, and allow for the temporary rerouting of the creek.” READ MORE

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City of Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert is pictured with Kaskaskia Engineering Group Owner Geri Boyer.  


Pictured here is the former City of Belleville’s Street Department building, which was located on the rehabilitated site and demolished in 2011.

Ameren MGP 5 During remediation of the site, a tent was erected to ensure contaminants didn’t get released into the air during the remediation process. 

MGP Site 2Pictured here is the Ameren MGP Site under construction, which required rerouting of the Richland Creek.

City of Belleville Expands Curbside Library Services 

Belleville, Ill. – September 24lib, 2020 – The City of Belleville’s Public Library is expanding its curbside pick-up services to now include print, copy, and faxing services, available at the Main Branch, 121 E. Washington St., starting Sept. 28. Services are available Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. READ MORE

Mayor's Message Regarding Electrical Ordinance

Belleville, Ill. – September 17, 2020 – It’s important to all elected officials and employees at the City of Belleville that factual information be shared with constituents. Unfortunately, there has been an increasing amount of misinformation circulated throughout our community, which does nothing more than hurt the community we’re trying to build. So, the City of Belleville would like to address recent commentary, rampant with misinformation, regarding the Electrical Commission and our city’s Electrical Ordinance. READ MORE

Belleville, Ill. – August 28, 2020 – City of Belleville Offers Free Masks to Combat Rising COVID-19 Positivity Rates 

Beginning Monday, Aug. 31, the City of Belleville is offering free surgical face masks to residents who live in Belleville. The city has 85,500 masks, and residents may each receive two masks which are available for pick-up at various locations throughout the city. For full details, click here.


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