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PAXTON — With several high-profile local and statewide contested races on the ballot, Ford County Clerk Linda Kellerhals is optimistic voters will turn out to the polls for the March 18 primary election.
“According to the absentee voting so far, if the weather is good, I am hoping to have about a 25 percent turnout,” Kellerhals said.
PAXTON — Ford County’s 1,971 landline telephone customers will be charged an additional 45 cents per month to help bring in needed revenue to the Ford County Emergency Telephone System Board.
The Ford County Board voted 11-0 Monday to approve adding 45 cents to the $1.50 monthly surcharge for each landline.
PAXTON — The Ford County Board voted unanimously Monday to oppose legislation that would give the state’s agriculture department control over the siting, construction and decommissioning of wind farms.
QUINCY — Some Illinois counties are objecting to a state senator’s proposal to give the Illinois Department of Agriculture, rather than each county, the sole authority to regulate the siting, construction and removal of commercial wind turbines.
PAXTON — The following is on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board, which begins at 7 in the board room at PBL Junior High School:
— Consideration and action on an intergovernmental agreement regarding the Livingston County occupational sales tax.
— Consideration and action on the school district’s 2014-15 calendar.
DANVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, is accepting entries for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.
The contest is open to high school students in the 15th Congressional District. Entries are due April 17.
“The winning artwork from my district gets to hang in Washington, D.C., for nearly a year,” Shimkus said. “Thousands of staff and visitors will see the piece.”
WATSEKA — Iroquois County Treasurer Mindy Kuntz Hagan said mobile home privilege tax bills were mailed March 3.
The payment due date is Tuesday, May 6. Payments not received or postmarked by May 6 will be charged a late fee of $25 per month, up to $100.
ROBERTS — The village board discussed a series of recent water-main breaks during its March 3 meeting.
There were 12 water-main breaks in February, including one on Feb. 9 in front of the local bank. The flooded street was drained Feb. 10, and the Illinois Department of Transportation later made some passes to help with melting the ice.
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate approved legislation Thursday to clarify the requirement that sex offenders must report to law enforcement when they lose a job.
SPRINGFIELD — A diamond and aquamarine engagement and wedding ring set, gold charm necklaces and 1947 Mexican peso are just some of the items that State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is offering during the upcoming Illinois Treasurer’s Online Unclaimed Property Auction.