Politics and Government

Gibson City waives fee for coin-operated amusement machines

Paxton Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council voted Monday to waive the fee assessed to businesses for coin-operated amusement machines.

There are 40 coin-operated amusement machines throughout the city, including everything from pool tables and juke boxes to state-regulated gaming machines.

Paxton's street department: "It will be a somewhat messy spring and summer"

Paxton Record correspondent

PAXTON — There will be lots of contractor activity in Paxton beginning later this month.

Street department Superintendent Randy Swan told the Paxton City Council on Monday that Iroquois Paving Corp., Watseka, secured the state bid to improve Illinois 9 west of Interstate 57 and through the easternmost city limits.

Growth in Paxton's first TIF district slow so far

PAXTON — Economic growth has been slow in the first 16 months since Paxton implemented its first tax-increment financing district in the downtown and along the Interstate 57 corridor.

That fact is evident by the lack of tax increment generated by property improvements in the TIF district and the lack of money disbursed back to property owners for improving their properties.

Ford County Public Health Department's first budget ready for approval

PAXTON — The Ford County Board plans to approve the first budget for the county’s newly created public health department in May, showing projected expenses of $898,208 and revenues of $936,844.

The proposed budget, presented to the county board Monday, was created by Steve Williams, the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department’s interim administrator.

PBL Hall of Fame's first induction class to be revealed Wednesday

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve the first induction class for the newly created PBL Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.

PBL High School Principal Travis Duley, one of six members of the Hall of Fame selection committee, said three candidates will be considered for induction during Wednesday’s board meeting.

State senator to visit with PBL students Thursday

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda high school and junior high students will get a chance this week to talk politics with state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington.

Barickman will stop by the high school/junior high complex to speak with students Thursday afternoon. Topics will likely include school funding, MAP grants, and higher education, a news release from Barickman’s office said.

Gibson City Pool Board to meet Wednesday

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Pool Board has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, to discuss the ongoing fundraiser for a new swimming pool in town.

Also on the agenda is a discussion about the pool’s concession stand.

Madigan praises passage of bill to protect earnings of low-wage workers

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan praised House lawmakers for passing legislation that would put in place protections for low-wage workers who receive their wages on a payroll card, an increasingly common method of payment used by Illinois employers.

Congressman to visit with constituents in Hoopeston on April 24

HOOPESTON — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, will be available to meet with local constituents in Vermilion County on Thursday, April 24.  He will be available for one-on-on meetings from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Hoopeston City Hall, 301 W. Main St.

New Loda attorney put to work immediately

LODA — The board met its new attorney for the first time and immediately gave Jennifer Simutis several tasks to complete:

— File notice with two owners of abandoned vehicles who have been warned once already that they are in violation of the village ordinance covering unlicensed and inoperable vehicles.

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