Politics and Government

Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken might come to Paxton

PAXTON — Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken could soon be opening a restaurant in Paxton.

Paxton resident Steve Meuser said Friday he has finalized a franchise agreement with the company to allow him to open a Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken restaurant on Illinois 9 just west of the Interstate 57 interchange.


Snow-plowing complaints made to Loda Village Board

LODA — Loda resident Terry Henricks stopped by the village board meeting last Wednesday night.

He also had plenty to say.

With the winter a scant few months away, Henricks expressed complaints about the quality of the snow plowing that took place during the 2015-16 winter season. He had pictures on his cell phone of the alleged careless snow plowing.


PBL superintendent: Budget’s deficit might end up smaller

PAXTON — Following a 4-minute public hearing last Wednesday, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board approved the school district’s budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.


'Third party' might handle transcript requests for PBL

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district officials are considering entering into a contract with a third-party company to provide transcripts requested by PBL High School graduates.


GCMS projecting deficits in pair of funds

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board approved the school district’s budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year Monday night, showing a $325,000 deficit in the educational fund and a $75,000 deficit in the transportation fund.

The deficit in the transportation fund, according to Superintendent Jeremy Darnell, is due to the proration, or cutting, of state revenue.


Auditor: ‘You’re treading water better than some’

PAXTON — An auditor told the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last Wednesday that the PBL school district’s finances were fairly healthy when compared with the finances of other small, rural districts.

“You’re treading water better than some, I’ll tell you that,” said Russell Leigh of the Hoopeston-based auditing firm Russell Leigh & Associates.


Park district cuts annual deficit at pool

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District experienced a loss of more than $13,000 through the operation of its public swimming pool this summer. 

But that was not as big of a deficit as in years past. The previous three seasons, the pool cost the park district an average of $25,000.


City donates $6,000 toward Swine ‘N’ Dine

PAXTON — Paxton aldermen agreed last week to donate $6,000 on behalf of the city to the fifth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival.

The event, held last weekend, draws hundreds of people to downtown Paxton each year. Alderman Brad Marshall said supporting the event is a way for the city to “invest in the community.”


Abandoned properties to be targeted for cleanup

PAXTON — The fate of two abandoned properties in Paxton — one in need of mowing, the other demolition — will be addressed in upcoming months.


Council awards grants to pair of businesses

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council approved redevelopment agreements with two downtown businesses last week, granting them tax-increment financing (TIF) funds to help pay for expenses related to the renovation and improvement of their buildings.


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