Imagine Hillsboro Planning Follow-Up Mapping Process


Similar to the process that started the ball rolling five years ago, Imagine Hillsboro will once again be hosting a series of public meetings to help map the future of the community. 

A series of three meetings has been planned on three Thursdays–Sept. 12, Sept. 26 and Oct. 3–to review what Imagine Hillsboro has achieved in the past five years, identify short-term and long-term goals for the community, and develop action plans for attaining those goals. The meetings will be from 6-9 p.m. in the Hillsboro Area Hospital Cloud Room in conjunction with the City of Hillsboro as it prepares its long-range plan. Interested residents are being asked to attend and share their thoughts about how they imagine Hillsboro as the great place that it can be.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. before each meeting, so those hoping to attend should RSVP to Barb Hewitt by Sunday, Aug. 18, at or by phone at 259-4103

Almost five years ago, Hillsboro enlisted the help of the "Mapping The Future of Your Community" program through the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University to take a proactive approach to plan for community and economic development. Local leaders and many citizens came together to create a long-range vision for the future of our community and plan of action for achieving it. 

Following those meetings, Imagine Hillsboro was organized as a not-for-profit corporation and obtained 501(c)(3) recognition from the IRS. The grassroots movement, made up entirely of local volunteers working to improve the community by engaging and mobilizing citizens and organizations to further Hillsboro as a great place to live, work, learn, and play. More information can be found on its web site,