Politics and Government

SBA offers help to residents affected by severe storms, flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Illinois businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and  flooding from Feb. 14 through March 4 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announced.


'Long-overdue' passage of resolution honoring officers expected

CICERO — Legislation to honor police officers involved in a bloody gunfight 39 years ago on Interstate 57 south of Paxton is expected to be passed by the Illinois Senate’s transportation committee in upcoming weeks, according to the committee’s chairman.


Rankin trustees review bids for house razings

RANKIN — Rankin Village Board members last Thursday reviewed bids received for the demolition of six properties.

There were some questions concerning the bids. Therefore, the bid winners will be announced after all questions are answered.

Also during the meeting, the board learned that townwide garage sales will be June 15-16 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Panel approves rezoning for ice kiosk in Paxton

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — Members of the Paxton Planning Commission unanimously approved a zoning change last Thursday for a property where a mobile ice-making machine is slated to be placed.


Solar farms eyed in Gibson City

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — With the prospect of more wind turbines in Ford County on an indefinite hold, Gibson City could soon turn to another renewable energy source: solar panels.


License allowing video-gambling machines OK'd by Buckley trustees

BUCKLEY — Buckley Village Board members voted 5-0 Monday night, with Trustee Keith Hartke absent, to issue a Type A liquor license to Rajir Ghotra for the Buckley Store to allow video-gambling machines there.


SBA assistance approved for Iroquois, Kankakee, Vermilion counties

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Monday that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the state’s request for assistance to help people and businesses in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties recover from severe storms and floods that occurred in February.


Collective bargaining on PBL school board's agenda

PAXTON — Following a pair of special meetings on Tuesday night and Wednesday evening to discuss collective negotiating matters with the school district’s teachers’ union, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will meet for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.


Plenty of deer here, but where are the signs?

RURAL PAXTON — Wary drivers who regularly travel Illinois 9 in Ford County probably already know the danger that exists just west of the intersection with Illinois 115.

It’s where a bridge carries traffic over the Big Four drainage ditch. There’s a wooded area to the north, with cornfields surrounding it.


Red maple tree dedicated in police dog's memory

PAXTON — A red maple tree planted on the west side of the Paxton Police Department headquarters was dedicated on Arbor Day in memory of Max, the agency’s first police dog.

Mayor Bill Ingold gave a brief speech to a small crowd of city employees on hand, including Max’s former handler, officer Chad Johnson, as well as members of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s FFA chapter.


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