Politics and Government

Proposed hog-confinement facility near Sibley not yet OK'd by state

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Agriculture needs more time to decide whether a proposed hog-confinement facility to be built west of Sibley meets the eight siting criteria of the Livestock Management Facilities Act.

Report names hundreds of Catholic clergy, staff accused of sexual misconduct

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SPRINGFIELD — Nearly 400 Catholic clergy members and church staff in Illinois, some still working, were named in a report released Wednesday by a Minnesota-based law firm accusing them of sexual misconduct.

Loda awards mowing contract

LODA — The Loda Village Board voted unanimously to hire It’s Not Just Mowing to mow village property for $425 per week from April 28 through Oct. 14.

Other bidders were Biggs Lawn Care and Tim’s Lawn Care, the latter of which was awarded the contract last year for $975 per week.

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GCMS board approves 2019-20 school calendar


GIBSON CITY — Despite not having definitive approval from state officials on how to proceed with so-called “alternative learning” on snow days, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members approved the school district’s 2019-20 calendar in substantial form Monday night.

Quadrennial reassessment getting under way in Ford County

PAXTON — When Ford County residents see their multi-township assessor or an official with the supervisor of assessments office taking out a camera or a tape measure on their properties this year, it does not mean their real estate taxes will necessarily be rising.

Exploratory committee for new Gibson City pool 'hitting the ground running'

GIBSON CITY — A committee formed last week to explore options for a new swimming pool in Gibson City is “hitting the ground running” and hopes to have a proposed design and estimated costs for the city council to consider within four to six months, Mayor Dan Dickey said.

Loan to Jay's Place to be discussed by Gibson City's CDAP committee

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s CDAP committee will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at City Hall, 101 E. 8th St., to discuss a CDAP loan application submitted by Jay’s Place.

The meeting is open to the public.

The committee is comprised of Tracy Epps, Daniel Dickey, Larry Heacock, Brian Steidinger and Peg Stalter.

Light fixtures in Civic Center to be replaced with LEDs

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners hired a company last week to replace all 58 light fixtures in the Civic Center and the attached Paxton Community Nursery School building.

Twin Supplies Ltd., based in Oak Brook, will do the work for a cost of $5,680.

Ford County tentative multiplier announced

SPRINGFIELD — Ford County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1, according to David Harris, director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

State Rep. Bennett out of hospital

GIBSON CITY — State Rep. Tom Bennett is resting at home after a fiery crash on March 7.

The Gibson City Republican, as expected, left a Bloomington hospital this week. He said he is working from home and his recovery will take a few weeks.

In the meantime, Bennett’s district offices will stay open to help residents.

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