Politics and Government

Iroquois County landowners have until Sept. 5 to pay 2nd installment of taxes

WATSEKA — Landowners in Iroquois County have until Wednesday, Sept. 5, to pay the second installment of their 2017 real estate taxes without penalty.

After the deadline, 1 ½ percent interest will be charged per month on the second installment. The interest rate on the first installment, if still unpaid, will be 6 percent after Sept. 5.


FOID card holders get 60-day grace period for submitting renewals

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Aug. 17 signed legislation that gives gun owners a 60-day grace period to keep their Firearms Owners Identification Card active while their renewal application is being processed, even if the processing period extends beyond the card’s expiration date.

Previously, FOID cards were deemed invalid if they expired during the renewal process.


Gibson City aldermen approve rules for food trucks

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members unanimously approved an ordinance regulating mobile food trucks Monday night.


County board to be provided with reports on delinquent fines collected by court

PAXTON — Ford County Circuit Clerk Kim Evans will provide the county board with a written report summarizing the delinquent court fees and fines collected by Credit Collection Partners each month.


Pells Park pavilion repairs eyed

PAXTON — With water damage to its ceiling and the floor of its stage rotting out in some areas, the 111-year-old pavilion at Pells Park has seen better days.

City officials hope better days lie ahead, too.


Leaf-removal proposal to be discussed by Paxton aldermen

PAXTON — Following last month’s decision to ban the burning of leaves in town, the Paxton City Council is expected to discuss alternative ways to remove and dispose of residents’ leaves during its monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Among items listed on the agenda for the meeting is the possible approval of a quote from a lawn-care service for the removal of leaves.


Concerns raised over condition of park in Loda

LODA — Former village board member Roy Hilgendorf voiced concerns about the condition of the town’s park during last Wednesday’s board meeting.

Hilgendorf said that in the time he has been off the board, the park has gone downhill. He said he always kept the weeds pulled and kept it looking nice, with a village employee mowing it.


PBL's proposed budget shows $24M deficit, but it isn't actually that much

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — Though on paper the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 appears to be $24 million in the red, it is actually quite close to being balanced.


PBL board reaches tentative agreement with teachers' union

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district faculty members have reached a tentative collective-bargaining agreement with the district’s board of education.


Sheriff: Sales-tax hike would help in many ways

PAXTON — If the Ford County Board ends up establishing a quarter-cent sales tax to help fund public-safety expenses, Sheriff Mark Doran said the estimated $220,000 per year in additional revenue would help his office maintain its aging fleet of squad vehicles, hire an additional dispatcher and stay within budget on costs associated with such things as employee overtime pay and inmate meals.


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