Politics and Government

February court hearing set for dissolution of Loda Sanitary District

WATSEKA — The proposed dissolution of the Loda Sanitary District will be the focus of a hearing in Iroquois County Circuit Court scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at the courthouse in Watseka.

The hearing was set following last month’s vote of the district’s board of trustees to file a petition in circuit court to proceed with dissolution.

Rankin hires Roy Beard as village's police officer

RANKIN — Rankin trustees acted on hiring a village police officer at their November board meeting.

Trustees voted unanimously last Thursday to hire Roy Beard and send him to the full-time police training academy at his own expense.

Litigation 'highly probable' if no resolution to ex-police chief's grievance

PAXTON — Bob Bane’s attorney said Friday that he continues to negotiate a settlement with the city over Bane’s firing as Paxton police chief, and if none can be reached, litigation is “highly probable.”

State supreme court refuses to hear Paxton discrimination case

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court has turned down a request by a Paxton-area bed and breakfast to overturn a ruling that said the business discriminated against a gay couple from Tuscola.

$6,000 worth of textbooks lost in water leak

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School lost about $6,000 worth of textbooks from a recent classroom water leak.

Superintendent Dru Lobmaster told the school board at last week’s meeting that faulty gutters were blamed for the problem. The room where the books had been kept has a relatively new roof.

Lost were My Math curriculum and reading curriculum books.

No increase in Gibson City property tax levy


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s property tax levy will be the same as last year.

City council members gave preliminary approval at their meeting Monday night to levy a total of $338,100, the same as the 2016-17 amount.

Former grain elevator office building in Clarence to remain without water -- for now

CLARENCE — At least for now, Button Township officials will not be required to turn back on the water service to a former grain elevator office in Clarence that is being remodeled for use as a grocery store.

Schwarz running for Ford County treasurer's post

PAXTON — Kasi L. Schwarz of Roberts is seeking the Republican nomination for Ford County treasurer in next March’s primary election.

Schwarz is vying to fill the seat held for the past three years by Penny Stevens, who is resigning effective Dec. 31.

Grievance to be discussed further by Paxton City Council

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council will meet for a second time to discuss a grievance filed by a current or previous employee of the city.

After taking no action during an Oct. 17 special meeting, Mayor Bill Ingold said the council adjourned that meeting to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, for further discussion.

Loda Sanitary District to ask judge to OK dissolution

LODA — A judge will be asked to decide in upcoming months whether to allow the dissolution of the Loda Sanitary District — and, if so, how to split its remaining funds between the two communities that comprise it.

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