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Coronavirus Blog 5/8/20: Heartland Sets Virtual Commencement

Heartland Community College virtual graduation
Heartland Community College
Heartland Board of Trustees Vice Chair Jeff Flessner (L), student speaker Nicci Van Dyke, President Keith Cornille

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Friday, May 8 5:30 p.m.

The McLean County Treasurer’s Office plans to mail the first installments of property tax bills on Monday, May 11, but taxpayers will have more time to pay them this year.

County Treasurer Rebecca McNeil pushed back the due dates two weeks from June 17 for the first installment and September 17 for the second installment due to the pandemic.

The county has also approved a 30-day grace period before charging late fees for the first installment.

Taxpayers can pay online, by mail, or in person at the McLean County Government Center lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first hour is designated for high risk populations.

McLean County taxpayers are being billed $351.9 million, that about a 1% increase over 2019.

Friday, May 8 5:30 p.m. 

Heartland Community College has announced its 28th annual commencement will be held virtually on Friday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook Live.

The school selected Nicci Van Dyke, as its student speaker. Van Dyke served as student trustee in Heartland’s Student Government Association for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Heartland will also honor its Distinguished Alumni Award winners Richard Caster, a Purple Heart recipient and entrepreneur and Dr. Seshanand Rao, a physician who chairs the Department of Internal Medicine at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois.

The college will also present its Outstanding Faculty Awards to Wayne Bass, professor of humanities and religious studies, and Janet Titus, professor of psychology.

-- Eric Stock | WGLT

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Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.
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