Politics and Government

Paxton's public works department stops providing labor for repair of police department's squad cars

PAXTON — In the wake of the city’s public works department director being charged in Ford County Circuit Court with reckless driving and then being issued a ticket by Paxton police for talking on his cell phone while driving, the public works department has stopped providing labor for the repair of the police department’s vehicles.

Homefield Energy sends opt-out letters to Paxton residents, small businesses

PAXTON — Homefield Energy Co. of Collinsville, the current supplier of electricity for the city of Paxton’s municipal electric aggregation program, has begun notifying residents and small businesses by letter that a new supply agreement will begin with electric meter readings in October.    

Q&A with Gibson City Police Chief Adam Rosendahl

On Aug. 14, 37-year-old Adam Rosendahl was hired as Gibson City’s police chief, filling the void created last month when Chief Eric Hyatt succombed to colon cancer. A lifelong Gibson City resident and 1998 graduate of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School, Rosendahl has worked for the police department since 2006, first as a patrolman, then as an investigator.

With chief's passing, promotion 'bitter-sweet' for Rosendahl

GIBSON CITY — When the time is right, Adam Rosendahl may one day move into a more spacious office in the Gibson City Police Department.

But for now, the police chief’s office still belongs to Eric Hyatt.

It has been less than a month since Rosendahl lost his “best friend” to colon cancer, and he and his fellow officers continue to grieve.

Gibson City Pool Board meeting rescheduled

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Pool board has rescheduled its Aug. 16 meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at City Hall, 101 E. 8th St., Gibson City.

During the meeting, which is open to the public, a financial report will be given, as well as reports from the pool’s assistant manager and manager.

Court upholds dismissal of Paxton B&B's appeal

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois appeals court is standing by its decision to dismiss a Paxton bed-and-breakfast’s appeal of $80,000 in penalties imposed by the state’s Human Rights Commission in connection with the discrimination of a same-sex couple.

Letter from former Railside owners influenced council's vote

GIBSON CITY — Mayor Dan Dickey said he has read and re-read a “confidential” letter that was sent to himself and all members of the Gibson City Council by the former owners of Railside Golf Club, and he still cannot see how it caused the council to reject a proposal to give the golf course’s investors $5,000 for planned course improvements.

Loda mayor: ‘Enough is enough’ on illegal use of golf carts

LODA — Problems with golf carts being driven illegally in the village persist.

And town officials have had enough.

Ford County Board discusses way to save costs on energy, water

PAXTON — The Ford County Board learned Monday night about a way to save $560,000 in energy and water costs over 20 years.

Orry Cummings, an account executive for Smartwatt, explained that state law in Illinois and other states permits what are called “energy performance contracts” (EPCs) beween public entities and private companies.

Home-brewed beer to be sampled at Swine ‘N’ Dine

PAXTON — Those who attend next month’s sixth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival will have a chance to taste some home-brewed beer.

The city council last Tuesday gave its blessing to Ross Sorensen and Clayton and Dallas Glazik to seek a one-day, special event, home-brew sampling license for the event to be held on Saturday, Sept. 16.

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