Politics and Government

Rankin finally has its own cop

RANKIN — Rankin Village Board members voted last Thursday to hire Bob Houff, chief of police in nearby Potomac, to fill Rankin’s long-vacant police officer position.

Houff will work in Rankin on a part-time basis. Houff also serves the village of Siddell part-time.


Ford County 911 board first in state to install certain new computer system

PAXTON — Eric Evans, chairman of the Ford County Emergency Telephone System (911) Board, told the Ford County Board on Monday night that the 911 board will be the first in the state to install a certain new computer system.


Facade grant program proposed in Gibson City

By ROSS BROWN
Ford County Record correspondent


GIBSON CITY — Following a lengthy discussion, Gibson City Council members recommended changes Monday night to a proposed ordinance that would provide for a grant program for façade improvements on downtown businesses.


McMullin getting first-hand experience in government as Paxton's first junior alderman

PAXTON — Adam McMullin’s first time attending a meeting of the Paxton City Council won’t be his last.

The 17-year-old junior at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School has at least five more on tap the rest of this school year.


Gibson City ends HomePages advertising

By ROSS BROWN
Ford County Record correspondent


GIBSON CITY — The city will not allocate money to advertise in the HomePages telephone book for 2017.


B&B owner taking appeal to court, foregoing IHRC hearing

PAXTON — Claiming that the Illinois Human Rights Commission is unable to provide a neutral forum for resolving a same-sex discrimination complaint filed against his Christian-based business, TimberCreek Bed-and-Breakfast co-owner Jim Walder said he will forego having the full commission review an administrative law judge’s ruling against his B&B — and will instead appeal the decision throug


Scam artists posing as utility company reps, demanding immediate payment

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is reminding utility customers to be wary of increased scams this season targeting utility customers across Illinois.

The ICC has received numerous complaints from consumers contacted by scammers claiming to be a utility employee. Most often they threaten to disconnect service if they don’t receive immediate payment.


2019 opening date targeted for addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School

PAXTON  — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members reviewed a tentative schedule for the construction of a 63,400-square-foot addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School last week, showing an August 2019 target date for opening its doors.


New graphic design course proposed at PBL High School

PAXTON — A new graphic design course would be offered next school year at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School if the school board approves its implementation next month.


PBL board approves tax levy showing 12% increase

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last week approved a final version of the school district’s 2016 tax levy, which projects a 12.14 percent increase in the amount to be collected from property owners next summer.


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