Archive for November, 2011

Stewardson to host TIF district meeting!

Published by admin on November 30th, 2011 - in Uncategorized

Pros and Cons of

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) in Small Communities


Tax Increment Financing can be a confusing and contentious means of funding community and economic development. IIRA, RETAC, and MAPPING the Future of Your Community are pleased to present a panel discussion exploring both positive and negative aspects of TIFs in small communities. Presenters will include:

John Brancaglione, VP of Peckham Guyton Albers, & Viets (PGAV) St. Louis, MO;

Bill Waggoner, City Administrator, Arcola, IL; and

Bill McClain, Dieterich Community Development Corporation and former Superintendent of Dieterich CUSD.



Topics will include:

Is a TIF district right for your community?;

Steps in creating a TIF district;

Successful use of TIF funds in practice; and

Issues with under-utilization of TIF districts.


December 8th, 2011



Stewardson Community Building

108 South Pine St

Stewardson, IL


Register online at


Space is limited. Please register by 12/1/2011

If questions, call (800)526-9943or e-mail

Presented by Rural Economic Technical Assistance Center, with sponsorship by MAPPING the Future of Your Community


You can download a pdf with the information here: Pros and Cons of TIF Panel Flier


Santa Coming to Stewardson

Published by tvonderheide on November 29th, 2011 - in Uncategorized

Santa will be in the downtown Santa House from 9 am-11 am on Saturday, December 10th and Sunday December 18th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Children are welcomed to come and sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they would like for Christmas.  Pictures with Santa will be available for $5. Cookies and hot cocoa will be at the Stewardson Community Building on Sunday December 18th and the Christmas Light Contest winners will be announced at 3:00pm.

The Snowflakes are Lit Up!

Published by admin on November 27th, 2011 - in Uncategorized

The ‘Snowlflake Social’ Sunday evening culminated in the lighting of eight new, large,  Snowflake decorations in downtown Stewardson. Santa made an appearance to delight of the many children in attendance (young and old).

The Stewardson C.O.W.S organization began accumlating funds for the new decorations last year, with the first annual Stewardson Trail of Lights contest, photographs with Santa at the local Santa house, and several other functions. The group hopes to add more lights next year using funds they hope to generate from activities this winter.

A large group was in attendance to enjoy soup and sandwiches and collect donations of food items for the community food pantry, held in reserve for those in need in the community.


Stewardson Veterans Memorial Benefit well attended!

Published by admin on November 13th, 2011 - in Events, Fundraising, Veterans


The village of Stewardson had a program Sunday afternoon, to honor the Stewardson Veterans as well as a benefit dinner to help garner funds for maintenance and upkeep on the towns Veterans Memorial. The very well attended event was held in the Stewardson Community building and included the Advancement of Colors by the local Wilbur Braughton Legion Post 611, invocation by Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Bremer and music by the Stewardson Strasburg Community Singers. Everyone in attendance was invited to join in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.
A free will donation was accepted and dinner was donated by Don Debolt Accounting of Stewardson and the Effingham Culver’s restaurant.
Thank you to all who came and showed their support!

Stewardson Snowflake Social

Published by admin on November 10th, 2011 - in Events

Everyone is invited to join the Community Organization Working for Stewardson in celebrating the official start of the Holiday Season! A Snowflake Social will be held Sunday, November 27 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Stewardson Community Building. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to “flip the switch” and light up Main Street with the new Snowflake Christmas lights! Soup and Sandwiches will be served for a free will donation to purchase additional Snowflakes next year.

Everyone deserves a Merry Christmas! Please bring a canned or non-perishable food item to help stock the shelves of the Stewardson Food Pantry (located at Trinity Lutheran Church/School), Donated items can also include personal products (toothbrush, shampoo, etc) and paper products.

Join in the fun as the Stewardson community celebrates the Christmas holidays!

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