Politics and Government

Facade grants to be given to businesses only for projects yet to be started

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members approved an ordinance change Monday night that limits the city’s facade grant program to helping fund projects that have not yet been started.


Ford County Board to meet twice in one-week span to discuss wind farms

PAXTON — Ford County Board members will meet on the next two Thursdays to continue their work on revising the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms.


PBL declines to move forward on solar-energy project

PAXTON — After months of discussion and negotiations, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board decided not to pursue a company’s proposal to put solar panels on PBL’s schools.


Loda resident's cash payment to village mysteriously missing

LODA — A Loda resident whose water-bill payment mysteriously came up missing after he left cash in an envelope in the dropbox at Village Hall will not be required to pay the bill.

However, the resident — Luis Lopez — was warned, along with the rest of the public, that the village will require payment in the future if such an incident were to happen again.


Paxton eyes giving incentives for building on vacant lots

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council discussed some ideas during its meeting last Tuesday for providing incentives for people to build homes on vacant lots in town.

The discussion will continue at a future meeting and may include enrolling in a tax-credit program run through the Internal Revenue Service.


Barickman sworn in to new term on Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, is hopeful he can continue to build on his history of bipartisan legislative success as he begins a new term in the Illinois Senate.


Ford County set to hire two more employees

PAXTON — The Ford County Board is expected Monday night to authorize the county’s public health department and treasurer’s office to hire new employees.

On Thursday morning, the board’s finance committee voted 4-0 to recommend the full board approve a resolution authorizing the public health department to fill a soon-to-be-vacant full-time nursing position.


Buckley's Whitebird: 'I really want to put my best' into Ford County EMA job

PAXTON — If needed, Terry Whitebird said he will willingly step down from his volunteer roles as a trustee for the Buckley Village Board, office helper for the Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency and secretary and training officer for the Paxton Emergency Management Agency when he begins his new job as director of the Ford County Emergency Management Agency.


Wind-farm developer asking village to revise its formal protest

ROBERTS — The developer of a wind farm planned for the Roberts area of Ford County is asking the Roberts Village Board to revise a resolution it approved last month protesting some of the new rules for wind farms being considered by county officials.


Two swine facilities proposed to be built in Sibley area

SIBLEY — There are now two swine facilities proposed to be built in the Sibley area in western Ford County.

An informational meeting about one of them will be held by the Illinois Department of Agriculture at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Sullivant Township Hall, 125 W. Ohio St., Sibley.


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