Politics and Government

Three Roberts trustees up for re-election in April 2015

ROBERTS — Village Board President Rick Flessner informed his board during its Oct. 7 meeting that three trustees are up for re-election in April 2015.

One trustee said she probably would not seek re-election, Flessner said. Flessner said Roberts residents interested in appearing on the April election ballot must file a nominating petition between Dec. 15 and Dec. 22.

Village of Melvin to buy two vacant lots on Main Street

MELVIN — The village board has approved moving forward with the purchase of two lots on Main Street that were left vacant when two buildings were torn down.

The board took the vote during its Oct. 9 meeting. Grass is to be planted on the lots to improve the looks of the area, the board agreed.

Also at the meeting:

Paxton residents asked to not put leaves or grass clippings on streets

PAXTON — City officials are asking residents to not put leaves and/or grass clippings on streets.

The presence of leaves or grass clippings on the street can cause storm sewers to become clogged and flooding to occur, the city said in a news release.

Also, it is against city ordinance. Those caught doing it could be fined up to $750 for each offense.

PBL superintendent expects tax rate to go up — but for only a year

PAXTON — Property owners in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district likely will pay a higher tax rate to support the local school system next year, Superintendent Cliff McClure said.

The rate increase, however, will only be for one year.

PBL to cover students' tuition for new program at Parkland College

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board agreed last week to pay up to $10,000 per year to cover students’ tuition next year in the  Early College & Career Academy at Parkland College in Champaign.

Gibson City finance committee to meet Tuesday

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council’s finance committee has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at City Hall, 101 E. Eighth St.

Fitzgerald appointed next chief judge of 11th Judicial Circuit of Illinois

BLOOMINGTON — The circuit judges of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Illinois have elected Circuit Judge Kevin P. Fitzgerald as the next chief judge of the circuit.

Fitzgerald will assume his duties on Jan. 1, 2015, upon the retirement of Chief Judge Elizabeth A. Robb. The chief judge has general administrative authority over the court and judicial assignments.

Ludlow might start sending delinquent water bills to landlords, not renters

LUDLOW — In an effort to pare the number of delinquent water bills, the village board could begin sending bills to landlords rather than renters.

The village board will study the idea and may send it to the village attorney for consideration.

The issue remains in the discussion stage, Mayor Pete Walker said.

Iroquois County Board awards fertilizer bid to Cissna Park firm

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Board’s finance committee voted unanimously Thursday to accept the lowest of four bids received for the supply of fertilizer for the county-owned farmground east of the courthouse in Watseka.

The difference between the lowest and highest bid was less than $500.

Paxton to create liquor license for catering of alcohol

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council has created a new category of liquor license to accommodate a restaurant owner’s new catering business.

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