Politics and Government

Illinois asks FEMA for more time to assess flood damage

BELLEVILLE (AP) — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is asking its federal counterpart for more time to assess damage form early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the state agency is seeking to extend the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Friday deadline for damage assessments until March 14.

Villas of Hollybrook hosts Gibson City Council meeting

GIBSON CITY — In a nod to promoting economic development, Mayor Dan Dickey scheduled Monday night’s regular meeting of the Gibson City Council at the Villas of Hollybrook, an assisted-living facility which opened during the past year.

Jessalyn Davis appointed Junior Alderman in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Jessalyn Davis is the newest mayoral appointee as Junior Alderman of the Gibson City Council.

City Clerk Carla Moxley administered the oath of office during Monday night’s council meeting.

PBL to consider seeking Legislature's approval to exceed debt limit

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will discuss tonight the possibility of obtaining the state Legislature’s approval for the school district to exceed its debt limitation by issuing a 25-year bond.

PBL facilitating team sets meeting for Thursday night

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s facilitating team will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the board room at the unit office at PBL Junior High School in Paxton.

Contractor questions village's withholding of $9,300 payment

RANKIN — The contractor that restored Rankin’s water tower last year emailed the village’s engineer in January, inquiring about why the village board had decided to withhold payment of $9,300 owed to the company.

Project coordinator approved for Kelly Creek Wind Farm

KEMPTON — The Ford County Board unanimously approved a pair of resolutions Monday to make way for this spring’s anticipated construction of the Kelly Creek Wind Farm, an expansion of the newly built Pilot Hill Wind Farm.

The board voted 10-0, with members Dave Hastings of Paxton and Elynor Stagen of Gibson City absent, to approve the resolutions.

Supervisor of assessments abruptly walks out of meeting

PAXTON — Ford County Supervisor of Assessments Candice Short abruptly walked out of the Ford County Board’s meeting room Monday night during a discussion about whether to fill a vacant position in her office.

Rankin resident to president: 'I call for your resignation!'

RANKIN — A Rankin resident’s public comments were cut short by Village Board President Aaron Warren during Thursday’s board meeting, but the resident disregarded Warren’s authority and continued talking, calling for his resignation in the process.

Dialogue focuses on need to bring PBL schools into 21st Century

PAXTON — When one walks through the classrooms at Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s four schools today, it is rare to see students sitting at their desks, row by row, and being given instruction as a group.

More commonly, kids in a single classroom can be seen completing different tasks simultaneously, either in pairs or small groups.

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