Politics and Government

Fitzgerald re-elected as 11th Judicial Circuit's chief judge

BLOOMINGTON — The circuit judges of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Illinois have elected Circuit Judge Kevin P. Fitzgerald to serve a second term as the circuit’s chief judge. 

The chief judge has general administrative authority over the court and judicial assignments. Fitzgerald’s new term as chief judge runs from Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2018.


Loda plans to seek grant for replacement of aging water tower

LODA — The village board took its first step toward getting a new water tower during its monthly meeting in November.


$100,000 general obligation bond not expected to raise district's tax rate

PAXTON — A $100,000 general obligation bond was approved by the Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners during an adjourned meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29. 

The general obligation bond is part of an adopted ordinance levying and assessing the property taxes of the Paxton Park District for the fiscal year that runs from Feb. 1, 2017, and ends Jan. 31, 2018.


Potomac police chief wants to help out Rankin

RANKIN — Village board members Thursday decided against hiring Jesse Armstrong as Rankin’s police officer, opting instead to look into hiring Bob Houff, the chief of police in the nearby Vermilion County town of Potomac.


Shutoffs for nonpayment imminent in Buckley

BUCKLEY — Buckley residents with past-due water bills face having their water service shut off just before Christmas if they fail to make payments owed to the village.

Village board members learned during their meeting Monday night that some resident’s water bills have been past-due since as far back as July.


Newly elected chairman: Sales tax hike could be rejected, delayed by board

WATSEKA — Despite Iroquois County voters approving a ballot measure last month to raise the county’s sales tax by a quarter-cent to help fund public-safety operations, there is no guarantee that the tax hike will go into effect anytime soon.


Berger re-appointed as chairman of Ford County Board

PAXTON — After being unanimously re-appointed to his second consecutive two-year term as the Ford County Board’s chairman, Gibson City resident Randy Berger said his No. 1 focus will be on finding a way to reduce the red ink in the county’s budget.


Paxton B&B owner: 'The fix was in from the get-go'

PAXTON — The owner of the TimberCreek Bed-and-Breakfast near Paxton, which is facing $80,000 in fines and other sanctions for violating the civil rights of a same-sex couple from Tuscola, said he finds it “a very strange coincidence” that two of the three commissioners who were tasked with reviewing his case for the Illinois Human Rights Commission happen to be either “LGBT activists or openly


Now that results are final, PBL to move forward on $31M project

PAXTON — Now that the vote totals from the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s Nov. 8 referendum have been certified, the district is expected to soon begin aggressively working toward building an addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School using the $31.45 million in building bonds that voters have authorized.


Lake Iroquois approved for $425,000 loan

LAKE IROQUOIS — The Lake Iroquois Association, a homeowners group at the rural lake northeast of Loda in Iroquois County, has been approved for a $425,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for replacing the community’s wastewater treatment system.

The current system will be replaced with a new treatment facility and sludge digestion tank.


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