Politics and Government

Gibson City's proposed solar, wind regulations advance to council

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Members of Gibson City’s planning commission last week recommended the city adopt setbacks for residential wind turbines and solar panels which differ from the setbacks originally requested.


Rankin Village Board to begin meeting on Tuesdays

RANKIN — Starting in February, the Rankin Village Board will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month instead of the first Thursday.

The change was made by the board during last Thursday’s meeting.


Gibson City's Bennett honored for business-friendly votes

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — The 100th Illinois General Assembly is coming to a close Wednesday, bringing an end to divided government in Illinois and ushering in a new government of total Democratic control.


Ford County Board expected to resume wind-farm debate soon

PAXTON — After taking a brief break over the holidays, the Ford County Board plans to begin meeting again soon to continue to hash out proposed new regulations for wind farms.


New members sought by sheriff's association

PAXTON — Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran announced that annual renewal notices were sent in early January to members of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, and new members are being sought, too.


Paxton mayor on parking lot proposal: 'I think we're going to be able to work something out'

PAXTON — Mayor Bill Ingold said he thinks the city will be able to “work something out” on a proposal to turn the 100 block of East State Street into a downtown parking lot.


Seniors can defer payment of 2018 taxes in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — Information and forms for the Senior Citizens Property Tax Deferral program are available from the Iroquois County Treasurer’s Office.


Paxton City Council has short agenda for Tuesday's meeting

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council has a short agenda for its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall, 145 S. Market St.

The only items listed on the agenda are:

— A discussion and possible approval of a donation to the Paxton Emergency Management Agency to help with costs of the agency’s Christmas party.


Ford County Record's top 10 news stories of 2018

The Ford County Record takes a look back at 10 of the top news stories of 2018 ...

#1 — TERROR IN CLARENCE

Little did anyone know what was yet to come when on Feb. 19, 2018, federal and local authorities spent several hours searching a property in Clarence for homemade explosives, detonating a few suspicious objects found there.


Alderman questions why signs were made without council's OK

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Despite Alderman Nelda Jordan’s disgust that a city worker ordered 80 aluminum signs to be made for members of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School’s state champion football team without first obtaining the city council’s approval, aldermen approved the $1,732 cost unanimously Wednesday night.


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