Politics and Government

Two-way race shaping up for Ward 3 Paxton City Council seat

PAXTON — Alderman Marc Amore will be contested in his election bid to keep his seat on the Paxton City Council next spring.

Amore, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council in August 2012, was joined by Rob Pacey in announcing his candidacy Monday for the April 7 consolidated election.


Judge declines to issue no-contact orders vs. Loda trustee

WATSEKA — An Iroquois County judge declined Monday to issue no-contact orders against a Loda village trustee.

Loda residents Richard and Sandy Coffey and J.R. and Regina Ptacek filed petitions on Nov. 14 seeking no-contact orders against Loda Trustee John Zalaker.


Ford County Board to discuss 'personnel issues' Tuesday

PAXTON — The Ford County Board has called a special meeting for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, to discuss “personnel issues.”

The meeting includes an executive session that will not be open to the public.

The meeting will be held in the board room in the basement of the Ford County Jail in Paxton.


'Full-scale evacuation drill' on tap at PBL schools

PAXTON — At some point in the near future, students in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district will participate in a “full-scale evacuation drill,” during which they will put into practice the procedures they have learned for responding to intruders at school, especially those carrying weapons.


$600,000 grant would help fund referral center for heatlh services

PAXTON — Government boards have seen a lot of Mike Short, the Ford County Public Health Department board’s president, in recent weeks.

Short has been pitching a proposal to area school boards, as well as the Ford County Board, in an effort to get all of them to participate in a newly formed consortium of community agencies and government bodies.

So far, so good.


Downtown lighting project discussed by Gibson City officials

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s economic and industrial development and finance committees held back-to-back meetings Monday to discuss whether to move forward with the completion of design and topographic surveys for the proposed downtown lighting project.


Wind farm developer working to get permits for Pilot Hill project reinstated

WATSEKA — The developer of a wind farm that will span portions of Iroquois, Ford and Kankakee counties is working to have its building permits reinstated for 35 turbines to be built in Iroquois County, after the county board voted to withhold those permits last week.


No-contact orders sought against Loda trustee

LODA — Loda Trustee John Zalaker said he is talking with his attorney to see if he legally will be able to participate in upcoming village board meetings if no-contact orders are granted against him.


Iroquois prosecutor not prepared to charge ex-employees

WATSEKA — Iroquois County’s top prosecutor said further action by the county board will be required before he can decide whether to prosecute ex-employees of the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department on criminal charges related to their alleged misuse of government computers.


Arrested Loda trustee admits he 'lost his temper'

LODA — A village trustee who was arrested for disorderly conduct after a melee broke out at the end of Wednesday’s board meeting admitted Thursday that he “lost his temper.”

“Basically, I got pushed, pushed and pushed to the breaking point,” John Zalaker told the Paxton Record.


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