Politics and Government

Ludlow school board hears Vision 20/20 report

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School Superintendent Dru Lobmaster gave a report on the Vision 20/20 initiative, and the school board approved a resolution in support of the program recently.

Lobmaster attended a summit conference in Springfield Feb. 17-18, which focused on Vision 20/20 and the future of public education in Illinois.

Congressman Kinzinger meets with Agriculture Advisory Committee

OTTAWA — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, met with the Agriculture Advisory Committee last Thursday evening at Ottawa City Hall to discuss policy issues that affect the agriculture community. 

Iroquois County LEPC to hold its first meeting March 5

WATSEKA — The newly formed Iroquois County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will hold its first meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Iroquois County Emergency Operations Center, located in the basement of the county courthouse in Watseka.

During the meeting, which is open to the public, the LEPC’s officers will be elected.

Hawthorne, Lee re-elected to Ford County SWCD board

PAXTON — Kenneth Hawthorne and Todd Lee were re-elected to the board of directors of the Ford County Soil & Water Conservation District during a Feb. 19 election held at the SWCD office in Paxton.

Both were re-elected to two-year terms, starting March 1.

Through Jan. 31, the SWCD accepted names of prospective candidates to fill the seats held by Hawthorne and Lee.

Bids for Rankin water tower project separated by $81,000

RANKIN — Two bids — one nearly twice the amount as the other — have been received from contractors for the restoration of Rankin’s water tower.

Tuition going up this June at Parkland College

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College students will pay more to go to school, beginning with the summer term that starts in June.

The Parkland board has approved an average 7.75 percent tuition increase to cover an expected $1.5 million budget deficit for the current year.

Tuition for residents of the Parkland district will increase from $116 to $125 per credit hour.

Gibson City again urges GCMS, ethanol plant to reach deal on disputed assessed value

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council approved the issuance of a second public statement last week, again urging the local school district and a Gibson City ethanol plant to settle the plant’s years-long dispute over its taxable value.

GCMS to add middle school softball in 2015-16

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board voted 5-1 Monday to support the creation of a middle school girls’ softball program this fall.

Under the proposal, all start-up costs will be paid through donations, and the district will fund the program in subsequent years.

$121,000 bid accepted for Paxton pavilion construction

PAXTON – The Paxton Park District Board of Commissioners approved a bid for the construction of a pavilion at Coady Park at an adjourned meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 17.

By a vote of 4-0, the park district approved the bid of $121,000 from Cad Construction of Tremont.

Lott Boulevard resurfacing project moving forward

GIBSON CITY — The process has started to give a makeover to Lott Boulevard, from Eighth Street to at least 12th Street.

The Gibson City Council voted unanimously Monday night to go ahead with the preliminary engineering on a Lott Boulevard resurfacing project for an amount not to exceed $76,825. The engineering will be completed by the Farnsworth Group of Champaign.

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