Holiday Lighting Contest

The Beautification Commission has held the annual Holiday Lighting Contest since the late 1980s to recognize beautiful and festive lighting displays throughout the City. Nominations are taken from the public by calling 309-732-2905 or email at

Commission Bus Tour

The Commission views the nominated displays during a bus tour that is held on the 2nd or 3rd Monday in December. The top three winners in the residential and commercial categories are recognized with a certificate presented by the Mayor and the Beautification Commission during a January City Council meeting.

Pictured below is Tim Fanella, Facilities Manager for Modern Woodmen of America, Mayor Mike Thoms, and Chairman of the Beautification Commission Bob Towler. Modern Woodmen of America was the first place winner of the Holiday Lighting Contest in the commercial category.
 2018 Holiday Lighting Contest Presentation