The City of Newton is conducting a lottery for five free lots in Five Aprils Crossing Subdivision.

Participants in this lottery, which will be awarded on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. in City Hall, Newton, will pay $1.00 per lot. The lots in Five Aprils range in size from 0.37 acres to 0.59 acres and include concrete streets with curbs and gutters and all underground utilities for each lot.

To be eligible for the lottery, the participant has to agree to have a single family type home built on the lot within 12 months of closing on the lot acquisition; acknowledge that the purchase will be subject to the “Certificate of Platting and Certificate of Restrictions and Covenants” applicable to Five Aprils Crossing Subdivision; agree to comply with all federal and state laws and the City of Newton codes; to furnish the Newton City Clerk evidence of participant's pre-qualification for a construction loan and permanent financing not less than 3 days prior to lottery date; the successful participant must immediately enter into and agreement with the City of Newton setting forth terms, conditions, restrictions and obligations relating to the lot(s); participant MUST attend the October 2, 2018 meeting in person and choose a lot at that time.

Copies of the rules, agreement to purchase and warrant deed can be found on the City of Newton's web page ( or in the City Clerk's office (108 N. Van Buren Street, Newton, IL).

Five Aprils Crossing

This subdivision, Five Aprils Crossing, received its name from renowned local author, Irene Hunt. Hunt was born in Jasper County on May 8, 1907. She grew up on her family’s farm. Hunt attended the University of Illinois receiving her A.B. degree in 1939 and her M.A. in 1946 from the University of Minnesota and she did her graduate work in psychology at the University of Colorado.

Hunt published her first book, Across Five Aprils,which is set in Jasper County, at age 57. The book is a weaving of historical facts and stories from her grandfather. The stories document the Creighton family through letters and records.

Hunt received a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1956, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the Clara Ingram Judson Memorial Award in 1965, the Charles W. Follett Award in 1964, and was runner-up for the Newbury Medal for 1965 for Across Five Aprils.