Politics and Government

Lack of quorum postpones Paxton City Council committee meeting

PAXTON — Due to a lack of a quorum, the Paxton City Council’s police committee rescheduled a meeting it had called for Monday, Aug. 25, to discuss dispatch issues and complaints.

The meeting was rescheduled for immediately following the council’s Sept. 8 regular meeting at the council chambers at City Hall, 145 S. Market St. It is open to the public.


Iroquois County Zoning Board of Appeals to hold hearing Tuesday

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Zoning Board of Appeals has scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. Aug. 26 to consider a variance application by a Douglas Township landowner.


Paxton City Council to discuss dispatch issues, complaints Monday

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council's police committee has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, to discuss dispatch issues and complaints.

The meeting will be held in the council chambers at City Hall, 145 S. Market St.

It is open to the public.


Barickman takes Dillard's spot on Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee

SPRINGFIELD — Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, has appointed Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, to take the top Republican spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Barickman’s appointment, effective immediately, fills a vacancy created by the departing Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, who is leaving the Senate to chair the Regional Transportation Authority.


Board allows club to build new soccer field at Coady Park

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District board on Tuesday approved allowing the Them Soccer Club to move forward with building a new soccer field east of the dog park at Coady Park.


$1M deficit eyed in PBL school district's education fund

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district is facing a projected $1 million deficit in its education fund for the 2014-15 fiscal year.


Three expensive options on table for PBL Eastlawn School’s fate

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board may decide to renovate or replace the school district’s oldest learning facility, PBL Eastlawn School, as part of more than $23 million in potential projects being considered for over the next 10 years.


Wind farm developers request 2nd extension of permit in Ford County

KEMPTON — The developers of the Pilot Hill Wind Project are requesting another extension of their special-use permit for the construction of 96 turbines in the Kempton area in northern Ford County.

The Ford County Zoning Board of Appeals has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, in the Mona Township shed in Kempton to approve the proposed extension of the permit.


Iroquois County Board chairman honored by For the Good of Illinois

EFFINGHAM — Calling him a champion of transparent government, the founder of the For the Good of Illinois organization honored Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas this summer for his efforts to expose wasteful spending in the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.


Soccer fields may be added to Coady Park's east side

PAXTON — The Them Soccer Club has grown — “to the point where we have too many people,” the club’s president said — since it started holding matches at Coady Park for kids and adults last spring.


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