Politics and Government

Gibson City aldermen approve health insurance plan


GIBSON CITY — During a 15-minute meeting Tuesday night, Gibson City Council members approved the city’s 2019 health insurance plan through Humana.

GCMS's tax rate to be reduced once again


GIBSON CITY — For the third year in a row, taxpayers in the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district will pay less.

That’s according to Superintendent Jeremy Darnell, who said during Monday’s school board meeting that the district’s proposed 2018-19 tax levy rate is 5.77, down from 5.89 the year before.

County board to discuss wind ordinance at Dec. 4 special meeting

PAXTON — The Ford County Board will decide early next month what amendments will be made to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms and when the county’s moratorium on the permitting of additional wind farms will be lifted.

$250,000 donation made to PBL Education Foundation's endowment fund

PAXTON — In early November, Robin Niewold and Carl Hudson Jr. had lunch with a donor interested in contributing to the PBL Education Foundation’s endowment fund supporting the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district.

Niewold had been contacted the month prior by the donor’s financial representative, who was asking for information about the endowment fund.

Ameren's electric-supply price lower than Paxton's aggregation rate

PAXTON — Paxton residents are being reminded that Ameren Illinois’ electric-supply price is currently 1.3 cents per kilowatt-hour, less than the city’s electric-aggregation rate of 6.285 cents.

Fire chief wants to put huge American flag by Interstate 57 in Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton’s fire chief wants to put a huge American flag atop a 150-foot-tall flagpole near the exit for the city on Interstate 57 — not only as a way to support the nation and its veterans but also to make his small city in Ford County stand out to travelers on one of the nation’s busiest highways.

PBL board to vote on proposed tax levy

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve a proposed property tax levy for 2018 during its meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the board room at the unit office in Paxton.

Boiler replacement eyed at Ford County Jail

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Building Commission is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to accept a bid from a contractor for the replacement of at least one boiler at the Ford County Jail.

Both of the jail’s two boilers are original to the 25-year-old facility, and both of them still work, Sheriff Mark Doran said.

Roberts library's 5,000-plus books to be given away next spring

ROBERTS — The 5,000-plus books that remain at the shuttered Roberts Public Library are expected to be given away on a first-come, first-served basis next spring.

The village board discussed how to dispose of the collection during its Nov. 5 meeting, when it was suggested that an open house/liquidation event be held.

Ford County eyeing only slight deficit in upcoming fiscal year

PAXTON — Ford County’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year is expected to finish with only a slight deficit thanks to careful spending and projected increases in revenue from the boarding of federal prisoners at the county jail, dispatching contracts with municipalities and the collection of fees by the circuit clerk’s office and state’s attorney’s office.

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