Business

Paxton's facade grant program seeks applicants

PAXTON — Business owners in downtown Paxton seeking to spruce up their buildings’ facades can apply for some financial assistance.

A facade grant program sponsored by the City of Paxton, PRIDE in Paxton and Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from local businesses for reimbursement of up to $3,000, or 50 percent of a project’s cost, whichever is less.


Owner of ‘The 102’ requests city increase reimbursement

PAXTON — Next Tuesday, Paxton aldermen will consider amending the city’s redevelopment agreement with Scaggs Properties LLC to ensure the company is fully reimbursed for the renovations it has been making to the former 102 Lounge building it owns downtown.


Redevelopment agreement up for vote by Paxton City Council

PAXTON — A revised redevelopment agreement pertaining to land located south of Illinois 9 and west of Interstate 57 in the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district is expected to finally be voted on by the Paxton City Council in upcoming weeks.


City moving forward with plans to sell its airport

PAXTON — Despite two other parties having recently expressed interest in buying the Paxton Municipal Airport from the city, Paxton aldermen last week agreed to move forward with their original proposal to sell the facility to Atlantic Ag Aviation Inc., a firm owned by David Hrupsa of Roper, N.C.


Cody Kietzman named president of Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce

PAXTON — Cody Kietzman of the First National Bank in Paxton was elected president of the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors during the organization's Annual Meeting on Monday night.

Kietzman replaced Andy Hudson, the owner of Hudson Drug & Hallmark Shop, who had served as chamber president for the past two years.


Paxton mayor looks back, ahead at progress

PAXTON — Following what he termed a “very busy and very exciting past 12 months in the city of Paxton,” Mayor Bill Ingold highlighted a number of evolvements in the local business world during his speech to the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday night.


Course of action on Railside gives Gibson City a boost

GIBSON CITY — The mood at last Thursday’s Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce meeting was a good one, with community business leaders smiling and carrying on lively conversations inside The Sand Trap restaurant.


Developers eyeing Interstate 57 area in Paxton

PAXTON — The Cobblestone Hotel & Suites being built on the city’s west side is stirring up some interest from other developers looking to build in that same area, the city’s tax-increment financing attorney, Dan Schuering, told the TIF district’s joint review board recently.


Rob Schmitt again named one of '60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know'

GIBSON CITY — For the fourth year in a row, the chief executive officer of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services (GAHHS) is listed among Becker’s Hospital Review’s “60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.”


Legal bills exceed $1M in GCMS's property tax dispute with One Earth Energy

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has now spent more than $1 million in legal and other fees in its unresolved dispute over the assessed value of a Gibson City ethanol plant, but the district’s superintendent said those bills may not be growing much more.


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