Politics and Government

Roberts board votes to borrow $43,723 for water-main work

ROBERTS — The village board on Dec. 1 voted to borrow $43,723 from an area bank to cover patching of water-main breaks, trench backfill and other occurrences.


Only two trustees show up at Melvin board meeting

MELVIN — The village board was unable to legally hold December’s monthly meeting because too few members were present.

The Illinois Open Meetings Act requires that a majority of a quorum of a public body be present to conduct public business. For Melvin, that means at least three trustees must be present for a meeting to be held, but only two showed up for the December meeting.


Through the eyes of Rod Copas

Life is “a lot simpler” for Rod Copas these days. The 52-year-old rural Onarga resident finally has some time to relax.


Loda board discusses request for video-gambling license

LODA — The Loda Village Board had extensive talks last week about the Loda Big Mart’s application for a video-gambling license, which would allow its owner to put video-poker machines in his business.


PBL board approves community service trip to Mississippi

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board approved Wednesday a teacher’s request to take up to 15 students with him on a community service trip to Mississippi during spring break in 2015.

The students will be assisting with a Habitat for Humanity home-building project while there.


Loss-control review results positive for Paxton Park District

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners received its loss-control review results from its risk-management representative, the Park District Risk Management Agency, at last Tuesday’s board meeting.


Approval of 911 contract delayed by Iroquois County Board

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Board postponed its approval of a contract for dispatch services with the Iroquois County Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB) last week.


18 more of agency's computers to be examined by forensic expert

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Board last week approved spending up to $5,650 to have a forensic expert examine 18 computers used by ex-employees of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.

Those 18 computers are in addition to five that were already examined, free of charge to the county, for evidence of misuse and fraud.


Iroquois County Board divided on whether to hold meetings at night

WATSEKA — Iroquois County Board members appear to be divided on whether to hold their monthly meetings at night, rather than in the morning, on the second Tuesday of each month.


Retired judge running for Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board

PAXTON — A year after ending his 16-year career as Ford County circuit judge, Stephen R. Pacey of Paxton is a candidate for the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board.

Pacey was among the persons who had filed nominating petitions to become a candidate for the school board as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Ford County Clerk’s Office.


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