Politics and Government

Gibson City finance committee to meet Tuesday

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council’s finance committee has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at City Hall, 101 E. Eighth St.

Fitzgerald appointed next chief judge of 11th Judicial Circuit of Illinois

BLOOMINGTON — The circuit judges of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Illinois have elected Circuit Judge Kevin P. Fitzgerald as the next chief judge of the circuit.

Fitzgerald will assume his duties on Jan. 1, 2015, upon the retirement of Chief Judge Elizabeth A. Robb. The chief judge has general administrative authority over the court and judicial assignments.

Ludlow might start sending delinquent water bills to landlords, not renters

LUDLOW — In an effort to pare the number of delinquent water bills, the village board could begin sending bills to landlords rather than renters.

The village board will study the idea and may send it to the village attorney for consideration.

The issue remains in the discussion stage, Mayor Pete Walker said.

Iroquois County Board awards fertilizer bid to Cissna Park firm

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Board’s finance committee voted unanimously Thursday to accept the lowest of four bids received for the supply of fertilizer for the county-owned farmground east of the courthouse in Watseka.

The difference between the lowest and highest bid was less than $500.

Paxton to create liquor license for catering of alcohol

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council has created a new category of liquor license to accommodate a restaurant owner’s new catering business.

Three farms owned by Ford County to be focus of public auction on Oct. 31

PAXTON — Three farms owned by Ford County will be leased to the highest bidders at a public auction scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Gibson City leaf pickup to begin when weather permits

GIBSON CITY — The city will begin picking up leaves when the weather allows.

Residents are asked to leave piles of leaves next to the curb for pick up. City superintendent Randy Stauffer stressed to only pile leaves, not sticks or other items, as those situations will not be addressed as part of the leaf pickup.

In other news from Monday’s Gibson City Council meeting:

Bowen to give up Ford County Board chairman duties

PAXTON — Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen told his board Monday night that he does not wish to continue serving as chairman after his current two-year term expires Dec. 1.

“My family and business needs a little more time from me,” Bowen said.

Iroquois County 911 board could be slashed in half

WATSEKA — The size of Iroquois County’s Emergency Telephone System Board would be slashed in half if the county board approves the measure Tuesday.

The county board’s policy and procedure committee voted 4-2 Thursday to support downsizing the ETSB, or 911 board, from 12 members to six.

PBL board to discuss preliminary 2014 tax levy

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will get its first look at the school district’s preliminary 2014 property tax levy Wednesday night.

Also on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.:

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