Politics and Government

Ford County assessor: Re-assessments more 'equitable'

ROBERTS — Larry David was surprised, to say the least, when he was notified last month that the small home in the village of Roberts that he bought 11 years earlier for $12,500 had jumped in assessed value all the way up to $33,510.

Treasurer hopeful to hold meet-and-greets in February

PAXTON — A series of meet-and-greet events will be held in February to introduce the public to Krisha Shoemaker, one of two women seeking the Republican nomination for Ford County treasurer in the March 20 primary election.

Three redevelopment agreements approved by Paxton aldermen

PAXTON — During a 45-minute meeting last Tuesday, members of the Paxton City Council’s economic development committee heard details of three redevelopment agreements for properties in the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district.

The committee also discussed ongoing frustrations over the existing equalized assessed values of properties both inside and outside the TIF district.

Nicor Gas to pass savings from federal tax reduction to customers

NAPERVILLE — Nicor Gas plans to file testimony with the Illinois Commerce Commission seeking approval to pass along tax-reduction savings to its 2.2 million natural gas customers in Illinois.

If the new program is approved, Nicor Gas will begin providing a credit to lower customers’ bills.

Amended budget up for approval by PBL school board

PAXTON — An amended budget for the 2018 fiscal year will be up for approval by the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board during its monthly meeting Wednesday night.

Immediately prior to the meeting, the board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. regarding the amended budget.

Loda trustees discuss Wise/Ecker property in closed session

LODA  — Village trustees, once again, went into executive session concerning potential litigation against the Jake Wise/Robin Ecker property during last Wednesday’s monthly board meeting.

The property on East Jefferson Street has been the target of legal action by the village for some six months, ever since Wise moved a house onto it.

Paxton City Council recognizes police chief, retiring treasurer, bravery of resident

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council took time during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9, to recognize several employees before moving on with the rest of the meeting’s agenda, which included the approval of three tax-increment financing (TIF) redevelopment agreements.

Paxton park board fails to adopt 'smoke-free parks' ordinance

PAXTON — A proposed “smoke-free parks” ordinance was presented to the Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9, but the board took no action.

Tri-Point High School to participate in AP pilot program

CULLOM — Tri-Point High School is among 10 rural high schools in Illinois selected to participate in an Advanced Placement (AP) pilot program that gives students access to online AP classes to better prepare them for college.

Lawsuit alleges police chief's firing was in retaliation

URBANA — A lawsuit filed in federal court by former Paxton police chief Bob Bane’s attorney alleges that the veteran officer was fired illegally by Mayor Bill Ingold last summer in retaliation for taking the city to court for overtime pay he believed he was owed.

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