Politics and Government

Details for $2.8M Ludlow grant outlined

LUDLOW — Village trustees heard more details on a 70 percent USDA grant that will help pay for replacing the town’s water mains and water plant.

Meeting earlier this month, the board spoke with engineer Matt Johnson of Fehr Graham in Champaign.


PBL Eastlawn School to be torn down this fall

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — It’s official: PBL Eastlawn School will be demolished by the end of the year.


Paxton selects firm to help develop streetscape project's scope, costs

PAXTON — In preparation for revamping Paxton’s historic downtown business district with the construction of a new street, curbs, sidewalks and street lights, the city council Tuesday night voted unanimously to select an engineering firm to help develop the project’s scope and costs.


Paxton cops waiting to see how Supreme Court ruling could affect impoundment practices

PAXTON — Impounding vehicles has been a money-making business for the Paxton Police Department since August 2009, when an ordinance went into effect requiring the owners of vehicles used in the commission of various crimes to pay a $500 administrative penalty, plus towing and storage fees, to get back their seized vehicles.


Upset by $32 surcharge, Elliott residents pack meeting room

ELLIOTT — Water quality and increased water bills were on the minds of about 25 Elliott residents who came to Tuesday night’s village board meeting to vent their dissatisfaction with recent board action.


Board hears complaint about wind farm interfering with TV reception

PAXTON — A relative newcomer to the Kempton area complained Monday night to the Ford County Board about how the nearby Kelly Creek Wind Farm has caused him difficulty in receiving channels via antenna on his television.


Panel formed to explore options for new Gibson City pool

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — For 98 years, Gibson City has had a swimming pool at the southeast corner of Lott Boulevard and 14th Street.


State Rep. Bennett recovering, hopes to be released from hospital soon

BLOOMINGTON — State Rep. Tom Bennett of Gibson City continues to recover from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash last week and hopes to be released from a Bloomington hospital as early as Tuesday, his chief of staff said Monday.


PBL board expected to OK school calendar Wednesday

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve a final version of a school calendar for the 2019-20 school year during its monthly meeting Wednesday night.


Paxton to pick engineer to negotiate streetscape improvement costs

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on the selection of an engineering firm to negotiate costs of the city's proposed downtown streetscape improvement project.

Sometime this year, the city is expected to begin revamping its historic downtown business district with the construction of a new street, curbs, sidewalks and street lights.


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