Politics and Government

PBL working to get mobile devices in every student's hands

PAXTON — With the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board’s approval earlier this month to spend more than $40,000 on additional technological equipment — including 10 iPads for a cost of $4,100 and 81 Chromebooks for a cost of $24,447 — the district is steadily getting closer to its goal of having a mobile device in the hands of every student in every classroom.

Loda trustees approve slight increase in tax levy

LODA — The village’s tax levy will be going up, but only ever so slightly.

At its Nov. 11 meeting, the village board voted to increase the levy by $1,030, which will result in an increase of $2.53 on each of Loda’s 407 residents’ property tax bills next summer.

Iroquois County Public Health bills now won't require county board's approval

WATSEKA — No longer will the Iroquois County Board be approving the Iroquois County Public Health Department’s bills each month.

Gibson City Council approves participation in renewal of enterprise zone

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members approved the city’s participation in a renewal of the Bloomington-Normal enterprise zone Monday night.

The enterprise zone extends east from Bloomington-Normal and into Ford County through a 3-foot section of land parallel to Illinois 9. It then moves north to encompass One Earth Energy’s ethanol plant in Gibson City.

GCMS tax levy again up by nearly 10 percent

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board will hold a public hearing in December regarding its proposal to increase the school district’s property tax levy by nearly 10 percent for the second year in a row.

Lottery to determine ballot order for circuit clerk, state's attorney candidates

PAXTON — A lottery will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Ford County Clerk’s Office to determine the ballot placement of candidates running for state’s attorney and circuit clerk in the March 15, 2016, primary election.

Of 25 ash trees in Roberts, nine remain healthy

ROBERTS — A report prepared by volunteers from the East Central Illinois Master Naturalists organization revealed that of the 25 ash trees found in the village of Roberts, only nine remain healthy.

B&B owner on defensive at damages hearing for civil-rights violation

SPRINGFIELD — The co-owner of a bed-and-breakfast near Paxton who turned down a same-sex couple’s request to hold a civil-union ceremony there in 2011 said he did not intend to come across as hateful, bigoted or homophobic when he sent them a series of emails citing various Biblical verses and denouncing homosexuality as “wrong and unnatural.”

Commission to spend $23,000 on repairs at Ford County Jail

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Building Commission approved Thursday spending $23,266 on repairs at the Ford County Jail.

Parkland trustees leaning against increasing property tax

PAXTON — Parkland College trustees aren’t likely to vote for a small increase in property taxes next month, board members said Wednesday night.

The Parkland board, in a rare meeting off campus, gathered at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School in Paxton.

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