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More on FOID delay | FOID Card Wait Times Complaints | Haunted House Cancelled This Year | To Residents of Minonk; | Food Pantry Donations | Open House 1006 Johnson St. Minonk | Writing Contest through November 3, 2020 | Town WIde Garage Sale Reminder | Thank you from Filger Library | Rosary Beads Found | Contacting Minonk Township Supervisor |

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More on FOID delay

After months of trying to resolve this matter, the Illinois State Rifle Assn. has filed a lawsuit against the State Police. The concealed carry permits are also badly delayed. You can read it and other info on their website under the NEWS heading. Lets hope this situation is improved.

Jim Flynn

FOID Card Wait Times Complaints

Dear Editor,

As we have dealt with the coronavirus pandemic this year, we have seen many state government operations struggle. One of these has been the processing of applications for Firearm Owner Identification or FOID cards.

Wait times which were already too long before the pandemic have expanded to unacceptable lengths. Figures shared by the State Police indicate that while the average processing time for a new FOID card application in 2018 was 20 days, this year it is 70. Renewals which took 20 days just two years ago now take on average 136. While the number of applications increased from 256,353 in 2018 to 379,873 this year, the state of Illinois has not adapted its system to meet the increased demand.

I recently sent a letter to Governor Pritzker calling for action to reduce wait times for FOID cards. My office has received many emails and phone calls from concerned constituents who have been waiting for their applications to be approved. Some have waited for 6 months or more. We have been working with the State Police to move the process along but much more needs to be done.

I have spoken with State Police Director Brendan Kelly and shared with him our concerns about the wait times. These delays have made it harder for Illinoisans to purchase firearms or ammunition or to make plans for fall hunting trips as shotgun deer season approaches.

This is not due to any mistake or wrongdoing on the part of the applicant. It is also not due to a lack of hard work on the part of the State Police personnel who are processing the applications. It is due to an inadequate and inefficient system for processing the paperwork. Director Kelly and I have had productive conversations and he told me about the steps he is taking to improve the process. I applaud the work he and his staff are doing to straighten this out but there is much to do. Government needs to do better! Much better.

I look forward to seeing an improved system that better protects the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Illinoisans.


Tom Bennett
State Representative - 106th District


Haunted House Cancelled This Year

We are sorry to inform everyone that due to COVID-19, our Haunted House is cancelled for this year. This decision was made to ensure the safety and well being of our community and surrounding areas. Plans are in process already to make next years Haunted House bigger and better.

However, this is the only fundraiser that we due for the year to raise money for equipment. If you would still like to donate to us please send donations to the following address with checks payable to Minonk EDSA Association:

City of Minonk
C/0 Minonk ESDA Association
670 Chestnut St.
Minonk, IL 61760

We thank you for your continuous support and look forward to seeing everyone next year.

Tonya Minz - Director
Minonk Emergency Management


To Residents of Minonk;

It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve on the Minonk City Council since May of 2001. I have been mayor for the past 16 years.

In May of 2021 my current term will end. It will also be my last. I truly have had a most rewarding experience.

I will continue as mayor and execute my duties to the best of my ability until I leave office next year. Thank you, for allowing me to serve Minonk.


Bill Koos
Mayor of Minonk

Food Pantry Donations

At the Minonk Food Pantry we serve anywhere between 30-45 families. We are now planning for our November and December distribution days which fall on the first Thursday of each month. We know several like to help out with donations in this season that will make the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners a little special for our clients. Some examples are cans of pumpkin, stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes, or anything else you want to provide is appreciated.

You will need to have your donation at the Pantry by November 3 and/or December 1 so that the shelves are stocked for the days that we are open. Your donations may be dropped off at the City Hall front desk. You may also phone the Food Pantry at 432-2962 and leave a message, and someone will arrange to meet you at the Pantry. Thanks for your help!

Lila McCulley

Open House 1006 Johnson St. Minonk

Open House on Saturday, October 10th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at 1006 Johnson St. Minonk, IL

Two car garage home and large shed sit on two lots. Main floor of home includes three bedrooms, two full baths, large living room, eat-in kitchen, and laundry room with half bath. Basement is partially finished with large family room, two additional bedrooms/office spaces, half bath, and large storage room. Large shed has water and heat with one regular garage door and one extra large garage door. See Minonktalk classified ads for photo.

Marla Weber

Writing Contest through November 3, 2020

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is having a writing contest. We were notified of this by it's student editor, the Library's own: Shane Peek. Please check-out the details on the Filger Library website or our Facebook page. There are monetary awards available.

Susan Ryan

Town WIde Garage Sale Reminder

Just a reminder that the Town Wide Garage Sale is Saturday, October 24 from 8 am to 2 pm. If you want to participate please print out this attachment or pick up a form from The Sweet Shop or Minonk Community Bank. Please return the form to me at 411 E. 2nd Street, Minonk or in the boxes at the locations listed. The deadline for filling out the form is Monday, October 19th. After that time I will be emailing everyone a copy of the map of the sales and posting a copy of

Thanks so much.
Cathy McKay


Thank you from Filger Library

We would like to thank Dave Uphoff for his work on the beginning stages of cleaning the portrait of our founder, David Filger. The painting is approximately 90-100 years old. We are continuing to work on this project. When the work is complete, we will invite the community to stop by to see it and learn some history of the library.

Susan Ryan

Rosary Beads Found


Rosary beads....on sidewalk in front of 619 Locust St.

Contact 309-434-5709 if they are yours

Rhonda White

Contacting Minonk Township Supervisor

The Minonk Township Supervisor can be contacted at (309) 660-0106

Mark G. Spencer
Minonk Township Supervisor