Politics and Government

Rankin police officer resigns before he even starts job

RANKIN — The village board was notified Thursday of the resignation of the town’s newly hired part-time police officer, Marvin Dobkins.

Dobkins’ resignation was due to a timing issue and passing up other opportunities, he said.

Dobkins, of Hoopeston, was expected to be able to start working in Rankin sometime in August, after his squad car was properly outfitted.

Gibson City Council approves recycling contract


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members on Monday night approved a new recycling contract with Ridgeview Recycling for one year, beginning Nov. 1.

Karen Kummerow, chairman of the city’s recycling board, said recycling service is provided to Gibson City residents on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

$300,000 tax levy proposed for Ford County facility maintenance

PAXTON — Ford County officials plan to levy $300,000 in property taxes this year for the maintenance of the county’s courthouse, sheriff’s office/jail and health department office.

Ford County Board to delve into wind-farm issues

PAXTON — After five months of listening to Kempton-area residents air their frustration over problems associated with the Kelly Creek Wind Farm, often taking up at least 45 minutes of the Ford County Board’s meetings, the board agreed Monday night to take some action.

Family continues push for penalties against Buckley bar

BUCKLEY — For a second time in as many months, village board members were asked last week to penalize a downtown Buckley bar for a series of fights that have occurred there in recent months, including one in July that resulted in serious injuries to a 67-year-old man.

Paxton Park District won't sponsor circus' return in 2018

PAXTON — If the circus comes back to town, it will not be under the sponsorship of the Paxton Park District.

At its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, the park district’s board of commissioners elected not to host and sponsor the return of the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus to Coady Park in May 2018.

No action yet on proposal to lower speed limit in Paxton

PAXTON — A proposal to lower the speed limit on streets throughout Paxton saw no action from the Paxton City Council during its meeting Tuesday night.

However, aldermen plan to continue to discuss the idea.

In August, the council first discussed lowering the speed limit throughout the city from 30 mph to 25 mph.

Use of tobacco may be banned at Paxton's parks

PAXTON — The use of tobacco products at Paxton’s public parks and ballfields would be outlawed through a proposed ordinance up for approval by the city council in October.

Mayor on firing of police chief: 'It was clear a change in leadership was needed'

PAXTON — Mayor Bill Ingold still is not revealing the specific reasons he fired Bob Bane as Paxton’s police chief, but he did say during Tuesday night’s city council meeting that “it was clear a change in leadership was needed.”

Eric Evans appointed to vacant seat on Paxton City Council

PAXTON — Lifelong Paxton resident Eric Evans was appointed Tuesday night to fill a vacant seat on the city council.

The 36-year-old Evans was appointed by Mayor Bill Ingold to fill the Ward 1 seat previously held by Bob Jones, who resigned in June after serving on the council since December 2016.

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