Illinois House member Mitchell proposes year-round daylight saving time

SPRINGFIELD — With clocks springing forward recently, a local lawmaker wants to make daylight saving time the year-round standard for Illinois.

State Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, has introduced House Bill 1562, which provides that daylight saving time shall be the year-round standard time of the entire state.

Busey Bank wins Financial Literacy Award

URBANA — Busey Bank has received the Financial Literacy Award from the Illinois Bankers Association.

The award is presented annually to a financial institution for its work in providing financial education to community members of all ages.

Jason Barickman's Senate week in review (March 19, 2015)

SPRINGFIELD — The hottest topic at the capitol last week was testimony surrounding a new state budget while the hottest ticket in town was a seat inside the state Supreme Court chambers for oral arguments on public pension reform, according to state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington.

Bennett wins unanimous approval of SIDS education enhancement

SPRINGFIELD — New parents in Illinois would be ensured to leave the hospital with good, updated information on how to protect their newborn from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Bennett.

House Bill 1407 was approved unanimously by the House Human Services Committee on March 11 to advance to the full House.

Tom Bennett's update from Springfield: Supreme Court hears oral arguments on pension reform

SPRINGFIELD — The pension reform debate is under way in the Illinois Supreme Court. The pension reform law enacted in December 2013 faced questions before the Supreme Court at oral arguments this past week. 

LaHood running for Schock seat; Barickman, Brady out

SPRINGFIELD — Sen. Darin LaHood is in. Sens. Jason  Barickman and Bill Brady are out.

Less than 24 hours after U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, said he would step down from his House seat, three state senators came to conclusions about replacing Schock as congressman in the 18th Congressional District, northwest of Champaign County.

Free electronics recycling offered April 4 in Paxton

PAXTON — The Ford County Soil & Water Conservation District and COM2 Recycling are hosting a free electronic recycling event for Ford County residents.

The event, sponsored by the City of Paxton, will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4, at the Paxton Police Department, 755 N. Railroad Ave.

Sheriff to Piper City board: Local drivers need to obey laws

PIPER CITY — Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran told the Piper City Village Board on March 4 that his patrolmen have been busy all over the county.

Doran said drivers should observe driving rules such as using turn signals, wearing seat belts and following the speed limit to avoid being stopped.

Dalton Cowan named PBL High School's student of month

PAXTON — Dalton Cowan has been named Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s student of the month for March.

Cowan, the son of Mary and Woody Cowan of rural Buckley, was nominated by his math teacher, Sheila Pickens, who praised not only his academic performance but his character. 

Ludlow mayoral candidates tout their ideas

LUDLOW  — Incumbent Pete Walker and challenger Randy Alesia, a two-year veteran of the village board, provide the only contested race in the April 7 Ludlow election.

The mayoral candidates were among those who answered questions at a candidate forum Thursday.

A 30-year veteran of the village board, Walker served two years on the county board and the past 12 years as mayor.

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