- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

SWANSEA, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois village’s website should be back online soon, more than two months after it had to be taken down because it was hacked, Mayor Ken Mueller said.

The 13,400-resident St. Clair County village just east of St. Louis hopes to get a temporary website in place within the next month or so, Mueller told the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1ARrJpj ). A permanent website would come in several months, he said.

The website was hacked in early October, and the village hired a Manhattan, Kansas-based CivicPlus, which specializes in municipal and governmental websites, to rebuild it.

The village’s governing board last month approved the agreement with CivicPlus, with the initial cost to design and host the site as well as provide staff training amounting to $22,600, Village Administrator Lisa Powers said.

The breach did not compromise personal information of Swansea residents who had used the website, Powers said.

At least for now, the village website - www.swanseail.org - notes it is down for maintenance and provides contact information for village departments and elected officials.

Mueller said the revamped website will have new features, including a way to notify residents regarding important announcements like boil water orders. The site also will feature postings about such matters as pay and benefits for employees, the village budget, and board meeting minutes and agendas.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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