Politics and Government

Students' responses to survey concern PBL officials

PAXTON — On one hand, most of the seniors and sophomores surveyed last school year at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School indicated they had not consumed even one alcoholic beverage in the previous month.

On the other hand, almost half of those surveyed said they believed anywhere from 61 to 80 percent of their peers had drank alcohol in that same time frame.


One Earth Energy to city: 'You are required by law and ethically to honor our agreement'

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council spent more time in executive session Monday night to discuss potential litigation between the city and the One Earth Energy ethanol plant located in Jordan Industrial Park.


Gibson City Council approves budget/appropriations ordinance

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council approved its annual budget and appropriations ordinance during Monday night’s meeting, with general fund expenditures totaling $2.49 million.


Retiring GCMS superintendent: 'This is the best place to finish out'

Anthony Galindo sat down with Ford County Record Editor Will Brumleve last Wednesday to discuss his career in education. The 59-year-old Galindo is retiring on June 30 from his position as superintendent of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district.


New Casey's General Store expected to open by end of July in Watseka

WATSEKA — During their June meeting, Iroquois County Board members heard from Ken Barragree, executive director of the Iroquois Economics Development Association, that a new Casey’s General Store is projected to open in Watseka at the end of July.


Raises granted to six non-union employees in Paxton

PAXTON — The Paxton City granted 3 percent raises in the base pay for nonunion employees this week, retroactive to May 1, the start of the city’s fiscal year.


Iroquois County wind farm developers sued by landowners

WATSEKA — The owners of farmland used to build the Pilot Hill Wind Farm in Iroquois County are suing the wind farm’s developers, arguing that they are still owed money for access roads built on their property and for damage done to their land during construction.


PBL board may increase contribution toward ECCA tuition

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board made plans to discuss the possibility this fall of increasing the amount the school district will contribute toward the tuition of PBL High School students enrolled in the Early College & Career Academy (ECCA) at Parkland College.


PBL Education Foundation awards teachers $24,664 in grants

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last week voted to accept $24,664 in grants from the nonprofit PBL Education Foundation, enabling some of the school district’s teachers to buy new equipment and pursue innovative projects for their classrooms.


Paxton park board tables vote on potential referendum

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners last Tuesday tabled voting on an ordinance that would authorize the district to place a referendum on November’s election ballot. 


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