Boards & Commissions
In addition to the City Council, several boards, committees and commissions have been established to focus on very specific issues within the city. Those boards are filled with members of the public who are appointed by the Mayor, with advice and consent of the City Council.
The Tuscola Tourism Committee is a committee formed by the City Council to oversee the activities and budget of the tourism department of the City of Tuscola. The board meets monthly at Tuscola City Hall on the third Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. The tourism department is funded by a local tax on hotel and motel operators. Those tax dollars are spent exclusively for the promotion of tourism and conventions within the city, and for comprehensive marketing plans and strategies for the city. Tourism Committee members are appointed annually by the Mayor of the City of Tuscola, with advice and consent of the Tuscola City Council.
The Tuscola Public Library provides resources for learning and leisure in order to empower individuals and enrich the community.
The Tuscola library was built in 1903 with a Carnegie grant, which was based on the census of the community at $2 per person, and funds donated by the Woman’s Club. The design of the Illinois Carnegie libraries was dominated by two architectural firms, Paul Morantz of Bloomington and Patton and Miller of Chicago, and were Classical Revival in style. Morantz was the architect for the Tuscola library. In 1997 the library added a handicapped accessible entrance along with larger restrooms and an elevator with service from ground level to the basement and main level of the library.
The Tuscola Library has services for all age groups and houses over 18,000 books, as well as video, audio, and magazine resources. It is also a member of the Illinois Heartland Library System, which provides timely access to countless additional books and resources. The library has several public access computer terminals with internet connections, and it sponsors numerous community activities and outreach programs.
The library is under the direction of Devin Black, Library Director with oversight by the Library Board of Directors.
Tuscola Public Library
112 E. Sale St.
Tuscola, IL 61953
The planning commission and zoning and sign board of appeals is a board of the Tuscola City Council. The board is formed for the purpose of making recommendations concerning building, zoning and code enforcement as well as hearing requests, from citizens, for variance to building and zoning codes.
The Tree Commission exists to recommend acceptable tree plantings for urban right of way use and to manage the Memorial Tree Program.
The Tuscola Liquor Commission is tasked with the administration of local liquor control laws and ordinances.
The Tuscola Cultural Arts Alliance (TCAA) will foster artistic expression, and will participate in the civic and economic growth of our community by support, promoting, and advocating for arts and culture.
Arcola and Tuscola jointly own a 14" water transmission line connecting the cities to their source water supply from Illinois American Water Company. The joint agency board is responsible for the oversight of the operation of the jointly owned water transmission line.