Politics and Government

Paxton aldermen opt to charge late fees to contractor

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council’s water and sewer committee will recommend to the full council in August that the city pay contractor Leander Construction of Canton for work done on the wastewater plant but subtract late charges for the project not being finished on time.


Tri-Point schools set registration for Aug. 5-6 in Kempton

KEMPTON — The Tri-Point school board learned at its July 21 meeting that student registration is scheduled for Aug. 5-6 at the unit office in Kempton, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Parents and students should receive a “highlights” page that outlines changes in the student handbook from last school year.


Gibson City awarded grant to enhance downtown lighting

By RYAN FERGUSON
Paxton Record correspondent


GIBSON CITY — Mayor Dan Dickey announced Monday that Gibson City was awarded a $99,630 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be used for downtown lighting improvements.


Lack of venue forces postponement of VAC benefit concert

PIPER CITY — Due to a lack of a suitable venue, a proposed concert to raise funds to start a Veterans Assistance Commission in Ford County has been postponed, its organizer said.


GOP chairs pick Bennett for House run

PAXTON — Tom Bennett of Gibson City, the Ford County Republican county chairman and chairman of the Parkland College Board of Trustees, will be the Republican candidate for the Illinois House in the 106th District.


Paxton City Council to meet Monday night

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council’s water and sewer committee has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, July 28, to discuss the retainer fee for Leander Construction.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the council chambers at City Hall, 145 S. Market St.


Nominee could be chosen to replace Harms on ballot Sunday

PAXTON — Five Republicans seeking to replace state Rep. Josh Harms on the November election ballot will be interviewed Sunday in Paxton, but the man chairing the committee that will choose Harms’ replacement is not sure if a selection will be made that day.


Barickman sets mobile office hours in area communities

Staff from state Sen. Jason Barickman’s office will be holding mobile office hours in several communities on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

“This is an opportunity to speak with staff members regarding any questions or concerns with state government,” a news release said.


IHSA sued by nonprofit watchdog group

CHICAGO — The Illinois High School Association once claimed in a court case it is a local public entity and fits squarely within the definition of a local public entity.

The IHSA, whose governing board includes public school officials, also claimed it was organized for the purpose of conducting public business.


Governor OKs cannabis use for people with seizure disorders

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Sunday that will expand access to the state’s medical marijuana program.

Senate Bill 2636, sponsored by Sen. Iris Martinez, D-Chicago, expands the qualifying conditions of the program to include seizure disorders, such as epilepsy and those associated with brain injuries.


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