Politics and Government

Back-to-school Q&A with GCMS Superintendent Jeremy Darnell

In advance of the start of the 2016-17 school year, first-year Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School District Superintendent Jeremy Darnell sat down with Ford County Record Editor Will Brumleve to discuss a variety of topics. The 41-year-old former GCMS Middle School principal replaced the retired Anthony Galindo as the district’s superintendent on July 1.


$1.4M budget OK'd for Ford County special ed co-op

GIBSON CITY — There was no public comment during a budget hearing for the Ford County Special Education Cooperative (FCSEC) that preceded Monday night’s Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board meeting.


Prospective buyers told they'll need to pay for water/sewer hookup

By ROSS BROWN
Ford County Record correspondent


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members received new information regarding the Carley Subdivision north of Eyer Street during their meeting Monday night.


Changes to building permit process proposed

PAXTON — A committee of the Paxton City Council is recommending some changes to the building permit process.


Ex-village trustee proposes 7-point plan for Loda Sanitary District

LODA — It seems almost everyone has an opinion, either positive or negative, about the Loda Sanitary District.

During this month’s Loda Village Board meeting, John Zalaker, a former trustee for the village of Loda, weighed in with a seven-point plan designed to help make the future of the district be much more defined than he says it has been in the past.


State lawmakers address crowd at Paxton event

PAXTON — Working together is what it’s all about for state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, and state Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City — a pair of Illinois legislators serving Ford County.


2nd installment of Ford County real estate taxes due Sept. 2

PAXTON — Owners of property in Ford County are reminded that Friday, Sept. 2, is the due date to pay their second installment of 2015 real estate taxes.


Quarter-cent sales tax hike to be on November ballot in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — Despite Iroquois County voters having rejected ballot proposals for the implementation of a public safety tax three times in the past 10 years, Sheriff Derek Hagen thinks the fourth time just might be the charm.

“I’m optimistic that it’s got a good chance,” the sixth-year sheriff said Monday.


Jail passes IDOC's annual inspection

WATSEKA — The Illinois Department of Corrections conducted its annual inspection of the Iroquois County Jail on July 18, and zero non-compliances with the Illinois County Jail Standards were found.

An inspection report completed by the IDOC noted five improvements to the jail that had been made since the last inspection one year earlier:


Park board finally finds its seventh commissioner

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District board of commissioners finally has its seventh member.

Via a 5-0 vote at last Tuesday’s monthly meeting, the board appointed Nicci Greenlee to its lone vacant spot.

“We never turn anyone away,” Park Board Vice President Steve Sample commented prior to the vote.


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