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Pet Pantry


The Animal Abusive Protection Program Pet Pantry is open for business! A huge thank you to Jim Roles for designing, building and donating the new pantry.

The new pantry is located next to the...

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Athens Farmer's Market


Please join us for the Athens Farmer's Market


Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00

June 3rd - September 30th

Athens Community Park

210 Dottie Bednarko Dr. 

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Playground & Basketball Courts


The playground and basketball courts are now open. Please ensure you continue to follow Governor Pritzker's Executive Order in regards to masks, social distancing, etc. The restrooms on the East...

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Stahl Foundation


You can have a voice in improving the park facilities and programs for the Athens Community School District.
The Stahl Athens Community Park...

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Small Business Stimulus Plan


On Monday the Athens City Council voted to adopt a Small Business Stimulus plan in an attempt to help some of our City’s small businesses that weren’t able to qualify for any state or federal...

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Parks Open


Athens parks are open (effective immediately) for walking, biking, etc. We regret to inform you at this time that the basketball courts and playgrounds are still closed due to Covid 19. Please...

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Emergency Assistance Programs


Information on the three programs can be found on the DCEO website here.  The three programs are as follows:


  1. Hospitality Emergency Grant Program: This is a $14 million grant program to...

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COVID - 19 Service Fact Sheet


COVID-19 Related Services Fact Sheet


For the Employee or Senior Citizen:

To apply for IDES unemployment benefits, apply here:  

To apply for Medicaid health insurance, apply here:

To apply...

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Governor Issues Shelter-in-Place Order

Effective 3/21/20 at 5:00pm until April 7, 2020, Governor Pritzker has issued a statewide “Shelter in Place” order.  Shelter in Place means finding a safe...

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City Hall Closed To Public


Until further notice, the Athens City Hall is closed to the public, All City services remain operational, Water payments should be placed in the drop box on the circle drive or make payments...

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Senior Services of Central Illinois


Due to risks associated with COVID-19, the Area Agency on Aging notified Senior Services of Central Illinois today that the Illinois Department on Aging is requiring Senior Services to temporarily...

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City Hall Closed Tuesday Morning


The City Hall will be closed Tuesday, Feb 4th from 9:00am-1:00pm to allow the city employees to attend Mayor Dowell's father's funeral services. If you need to make a water payment you can drop it...

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Petersburg Fire


In regards to the tragic apartment fire Friday night in Petersburg, I have reached out to Petersburg Mayor Snyder with the following:

Mayor, The City of Athens offers our condolences, prayers and...

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Office closed


The office will be closed Friday, January 10th from 9:45 - 10:45. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. You can still drop off your water payment in the drop box across from the building....

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Structure Fire


Due to a structure fire, the fire trucks will be using the hydrants on the north side of town. You may experience cloudy water at that time. Thank you for your patience. 

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