Politics and Government

Marron to be in Rantoul

RANTOUL — State Rep. Mike Marron (R-104), will hold office hours to hear residents’ concerns next week in Rantoul.

Marron, who was recently sworn in to take the Illinois House of Representatives seat formerly held by Chad Hays, will be in Rantoul from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce office, 120 E. Sangamon Ave.


Shimkus sending staff to Rantoul

RANTOUL — An aide to U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-15) will be available Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Rantoul to speak with residents about any problems they may be having with federal government agencies.

The staff member will be available from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Rantoul municipal building, 333 S. Tanner St.


Board approves route changes to bus system that has seen ridership climb

RANTOUL — Village Administrator Rick Snider called it “an unqualified success in terms of ridership.”

The Eagle Express fixed-route bus system, which transports people to in-town stops, continues to add new riders.


Subdivision, solar farm get Fisher OK

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board looked favorably on two development projects — clearing the way for a new subdivision and a solar facility.

The board approved a request from Phillip and Deborah Shields for approval of a minor subdivision of their property located at 3213 County Road 600 E, about 1 mile north of the corporate limits of Fisher.


Ludlow board to focus on rundown properties

LUDLOW — The village board has adopted a more aggressive approach to ordinance enforcement regarding rundown properties.

The board had a lengthy discussion regarding the clean up of properties at last week’s monthly board meeting.


Hangar sales delayed by FAA

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul has done its part. So has the Air Force.

The process of selling four properties on the former Chanute Air Force Base is being held up by the Federal Aviation Administration.


Thomasboro sewer rates increased

THOMASBORO — Thomasboro wastewater customers will begin paying more for wastewater treatment in October.

The village board approved a usage rate increase from $5.85 per thousand gallons to $7.60 per thousand gallons at its Sept. 4 meeting.

“It’s more for the reserve fund because it’s going down a bit,” Mayor Tyler Evans said. “It’s precautionary stuff.”


Fisher panel to consider solar farm amendment

FISHER — The Fisher Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the community center to discuss a requested amendment to the village zoning ordinance to include solar farms as a special use within agricultural districts.


Village has spent nearly $8 million on stormwater projects since early 2000s

RANTOUL — The village has spent nearly $8 million since 2001 to alleviate stormwater drainage problems in the community, Village Comptroller Pat Chamberlin said.

The costs have been largely paid through bonds funded through the issuance of a stormwater drainage utility fee.


Village-owned parcels to be made available for sale

RANTOUL — Nearly 60 vacant properties owned by the village of Rantoul sit idle in residential neighborhoods throughout the community.

The village and other taxing districts receive no real estate tax income from the properties, and village workers must maintain them.

That might soon end — at least for some of the parcels.


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