Politics and Government

Governor OKs cannabis use for people with seizure disorders

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Sunday that will expand access to the state’s medical marijuana program.

Senate Bill 2636, sponsored by Sen. Iris Martinez, D-Chicago, expands the qualifying conditions of the program to include seizure disorders, such as epilepsy and those associated with brain injuries.


Kinzinger to hold traveling office hours in Ford, Iroquois counties

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s office will hold traveling office hours in Ford and Iroquois counties this week.

The office hours will be held:

— From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Sullivant Township building, 125 W. Ohio St., Sibley.

— From 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the Loda American Legion Hall, 107 E. Adams St., Loda.


Iroquois zoning board to consider permit for dog kennel near Watseka

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Zoning Board of Appeals has scheduled a public hearing to consider a request for a conditional-use permit for the operation of a 10- to 15-dog kennel in rural Watseka.

The permit is being requested by Renee Caporale. The kennel would be  located northeast of Watseka in Concord Township at 2649 East and 2150 North roads.


Ford County Republicans selling tickets for gun raffle on Labor Day weekend

PAXTON — The Ford County Republican Party is selling tickets for a gun raffle it will hold Labor Day weekend.

One gun will be awarded to each of the three ticket holders whose names are drawn at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, during the Ford County GOP’s cookout fundraiser at the Paxton IGA, 144 W. Pells St. Winners are not required to be present to win.


Radio tower to be upgraded to prevent lightning strikes from affecting courthouse, jail

PAXTON — A radio tower  next to the Ford County Courthouse will be upgraded this summer to keep lightning strikes from affecting the courthouse and nearby Ford County Jail.


Ford County Public Health Department slates Aug. 1 open house

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department will host an open house Friday, Aug. 1, for the public to learn about the new agency’s services.

The Ford County Public Health Department began operation July 1 following the dissolution of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department. Like Ford County, neighboring Iroquois County opened its own health department July 1.


Asbestos insulation to be removed from school's crawl space

PAXTON — Old asbestos boiler-pipe insulation will be replaced this summer in a crawl space beneath Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton.


PBL school board makes hires, accepts resignations

PAXTON — In personnel action at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board:


Committee OKs medical-marijuana rules

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois legislative committee approved rules Tuesday for the state’s medical cannabis program, which means would-be growers and retailers soon can apply for permits and get the new industry started.


$200,300 in MFT funds to be spent on road repairs in Paxton

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council on Monday approved the lowest bid received — from Iroquois Paving for $200,300 — for street repairs to be paid with motor fuel tax revenue.

The bid was $55,000 less than the only other bid received and $28,000 below an engineer’s estimate.


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