Politics and Government

Rantoul's Michaels interested in county auditor post

Champaign County Board member Diane Michaels of Rantoul on Tuesday became the first Republican to express interest in replacing John Farney as county auditor.

Farney is in line to become the county treasurer when Dan Welch retires about 11 months early on Dec. 31.


Bioreactor construction delayed in Gifford

GIFFORD — Work to install a bioreactor for Gifford’s water system has been delayed.

Dave Atchley from the village’s civil engineering firm, MSA, reported to the board at its November meeting that the delay was the fault of the contractor hired to do the work. It is not known when the work might start.

The bioreactor will filter out nitrates from the village’s water supply.


Should certain village employees be required to live in town?

RANTOUL — The employee-residency issue again reared its head at last week’s Rantoul Village Board study session.

Village trustees debated whether any or all village employees should be required to live in or near the corporate limits.

The board agreed to form a focus group to meet with employees on the subject. The decision came after a great deal of discussion.


Village board eyes less-restrictive police job interview practices

RANTOUL — Police Chief Tony Brown has asked the village board to loosen the restrictions of who can be interviewed for vacant police positions to better represent the demographics of the community.


Fisher mayor outlines water testing for methane

FISHER — Mayor Mike Bayler told his fellow trustees that he recently met State Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, along with other area mayors whose towns’ water supply comes from the Mahomet Aquifer.

They met because trace amounts of methane have been found in private wells north of Mahomet near where Peoples Gas has underground storage.


Senate overrides veto of death-benefits bill

SPRINGFIELD — State senators voted 38-16 last Wednesday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of a bill pushed by state Treasurer Mike Frerichs that requires life insurance companies to review their electronically searchable records dating back to 2000 for unpaid death benefits owed to families.


Another general fund payment needed to prop up county nursing home

URBANA — The Champaign County Nursing Home had to use another $50,000 from an existing loan from the county’s general corporate fund to meet payroll on Tuesday, according to County Auditor John Farney.

And much of a batch of outstanding bills submitted by nursing home vendors will have to go unpaid, he said.


Thomasboro holds off on chief appointment

THOMASBORO — Thomasboro residents had their first glimpse Monday of the three men being considered to replace retiring Police Chief Keith Willis.

“Definitely within the three (candidates) we have our guy,” Mayor Tyler Evans said last week. “We’re pretty excited.”


Candidates for Thomasboro police chief down to three

THOMASBORO — The search for Thomasboro chief of police has been narrowed to three finalists who will undergo second interviews at the regular board meeting Monday night.

“Hopefully, if everything goes right, we’ll be able to appoint somebody,” Mayor Tyler Evans said. “It’s going to be tough (making the decision). Definitely within the three we have our guy. We’re pretty excited.”


Shimkus sending staff member to Rantoul

RANTOUL — A member of U.S. Rep. John Shimkus’ staff (R-Collinsville) will hold office hours in Rantoul.

The staffer will be in the community from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the Rantoul Municipal Building, 333 S. Tanner St.

Those who cannot attend may contact Shimkus’ local office at (217) 446-0664.


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