Expansion of rock quarry proposed in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — A limestone quarry west of Ashkum in northern Iroquois County has applied for a permit from the state to expand its mining operation by 54 acres, county board members learned last week.

Lustfeldt to retire as Iroquois County circuit judge

WATSEKA — Iroquois County Circuit Judge Gordon Lustfeldt has announced his retirement, effective April 30, 2016.

Lustfeldt has been the resident circuit judge of Iroquois County since Oct. 1, 1995, when he filled a vacancy created by the retirement of then-Circuit Judge Robert Dannehl.

Two sent to prison for probation violations

PAXTON — Two convicted felons who violated the terms of their probation were resentenced to state prison last week in Ford County Circuit Court:

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Nov. 25, 2015)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at

• Kory M. Adams, 27, of Peotone, for driving under the influence of alcohol.
• Kylie L. Mercer, 18, of Paxton, for driving under the influence of a drug.

Traffic tickets

PBL working to get mobile devices in every student's hands

PAXTON — With the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board’s approval earlier this month to spend more than $40,000 on additional technological equipment — including 10 iPads for a cost of $4,100 and 81 Chromebooks for a cost of $24,447 — the district is steadily getting closer to its goal of having a mobile device in the hands of every student in every classroom.

Loda trustees approve slight increase in tax levy

LODA — The village’s tax levy will be going up, but only ever so slightly.

At its Nov. 11 meeting, the village board voted to increase the levy by $1,030, which will result in an increase of $2.53 on each of Loda’s 407 residents’ property tax bills next summer.

Iroquois County Public Health bills now won't require county board's approval

WATSEKA — No longer will the Iroquois County Board be approving the Iroquois County Public Health Department’s bills each month.

Gibson City Council approves participation in renewal of enterprise zone

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members approved the city’s participation in a renewal of the Bloomington-Normal enterprise zone Monday night.

The enterprise zone extends east from Bloomington-Normal and into Ford County through a 3-foot section of land parallel to Illinois 9. It then moves north to encompass One Earth Energy’s ethanol plant in Gibson City.

GCMS tax levy again up by nearly 10 percent

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board will hold a public hearing in December regarding its proposal to increase the school district’s property tax levy by nearly 10 percent for the second year in a row.

Lottery to determine ballot order for circuit clerk, state's attorney candidates

PAXTON — A lottery will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Ford County Clerk’s Office to determine the ballot placement of candidates running for state’s attorney and circuit clerk in the March 15, 2016, primary election.

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