Quadrennial reassessment getting under way in Ford County

PAXTON — When Ford County residents see their multi-township assessor or an official with the supervisor of assessments office taking out a camera or a tape measure on their properties this year, it does not mean their real estate taxes will necessarily be rising.

Ford County tentative multiplier announced

SPRINGFIELD — Ford County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1, according to David Harris, director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Sibley trustees hear from critic of confined animal feeding facilities

SIBLEY – Visitor Karen Hudson informed Sibley Village Board members Monday night of organizational and informational assistance available if they or another area group wishes to pursue opposing a 5,000-head hog-confinement facility proposed by the Hartman family about 1.45 miles from Sibley.

A look at who's on the April 2 ballot in Ford, Iroquois counties

The county clerks of Ford and Iroquois counties have released official lists of candidates who will appear on the April 2 consolidated election ballot:


Ford County Board votes to not recommend hog facility be built

PAXTON — Though it is not legally binding and could be viewed merely as symbolic, the Ford County Board voted Monday night to not recommend to the Illinois Department of Agriculture that a proposed hog-finishing facility be built about a half-mile west of Sibley

Several trustees of the town of 272 in western Ford County addressed the county board, asking for the action.

New wind-farm rules could reduce scope of Apex's project, but may not kill it

GIBSON CITY — The more-restrictive setbacks and other new regulations for wind farms currently under consideration by the Ford County Board could make it “extremely difficult, if not impossible,” for Apex Clean Energy to build its proposed 250-megawatt Ford Ridge Wind Farm in the Gibson City and Sibley areas, a company representative said Thursday.

Sibley trustees narrowly OK letter of opposition to hog facility

SIBLEY — With one of six trustees abstaining, the Sibley village board voted 3-2 Monday night in favor of voicing opposition to a proposed hog-finishing facility that would be located 1.45 miles directly west of the town of 272 in western Ford County.

Sibley raising a stink about proposed swine facility

PAXTON — Like some village trustees in Sibley, some members of the Ford County Board are concerned about the possibility that a strong odor of hog manure could invade the town if a proposed swine facility is built too close to village limits.

Opponents, supporters of proposed Sibley hog facility speak out


SIBLEY — Opponents and supporters of a proposed 5,600-head swine facility under consideration by the Illinois Department of Agriculture packed the Sullivant Town Hall in Sibley Thursday night to hear details about the project and to voice their opinions.

Longmire, Salyards to receive GCMS's Distinguished Alumni Award

GIBSON CITY — Conrad Longmire, a former theoretical physicist who graduated from Sibley High School in 1939, and Mark Salyards, a former chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force who graduated from Gibson City High School in 1982, are set to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district.

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