Politics and Government

Inn’s wedding refusal results in discrimination suit

GALENA (AP) — A Wisconsin couple has filed a discrimination charge with the state of Illinois saying that an inn owner refused to host their wedding because they wanted a non-religious service.


Merritt hired by Gibson City streets and alleys department

GIBSON CITY — After a 25-minute closed session near the end of Monday night’s meeting, city council members voted to hire a new employee for the city’s streets and alleys department and to give raises to all non-police city employees.


GCMS administrators’ salaries set by board

GIBSON CITY — After a 40-minute closed session held near the beginning of last Thursday’s monthly meeting, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members set salaries for administrators and made other personnel decisions.


New Casey's store headed to former Big R site in Watseka

WATSEKA — Iroquois Economic Development Association Director Ken Barragree informed the county board during its May 10 meeting that a new Casey’s General Store is expected to open in the former Big R building in Watseka by the end of July.

Barragree also said that RP Lumber had stopped construction of its building in Watseka but has since restarted.

Also at the meeting:


PBL to fund half of academy's tuition costs

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district will pay half of the tuition costs for PBL High School students who are newly enrolled in the Early College & Career Academy (ECCA) at Parkland College next school year.


Paxton park board undecided on placing question on ballot

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners last week postponed the approval of an ordinance that would allow the board to put a question on November’s election ballot.

The question would ask voters whether they would support a reduction of the number of available park district board positions, from seven to five.


Loda board postpones vote on sanitary district dissolution

LODA — Some people would like to dissolve the Loda Sanitary District, which is supported by taxpayers in Loda and the nearby unincorporated community of Bayles Lake. 

Loda Village Board President Carol Arseneau is not one of them.

“Given the cost of dissolving, I believe that we need to stay put for now,” Arseneau said at last week’s village board meeting.


Proposal shot down by Paxton City Council

PAXTON — There is animosity here between the police chief and the superintendent of the public works department.

The two — Police Chief Bob Bane and Public Works Director Mark LeClair — bristled at each other last week during a discussion of whether the city should contract out all mechanic work on the city’s fleet of police cars and public-works trucks.


Design, scope of downtown project discussed

GIBSON CITY — The citizen-based Downtown Revitalization Committee met recently to review progress on the new lighting plan and to discuss concepts for future changes to the sidewalks and plantings in downtown Gibson City.


Deadline to apply for SBA loans is June 3

ATLANTA — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives,  small aquaculture businesses  and nonprofit organizations in Illinois of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for economic injury caused by severe  storms, flooding and tornadoes between June 7 and July 31, 2015.


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