Politics and Government

Candidate for county executive sets town hall meeting Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Rantoul

One of the two candidates for Champaign County executive will hold a town hall meeting next week in Rantoul to meet with voters and explain the office, which will be on the ballot for the first time in November.

Republican candidate Gordy Hulten will hold the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Rantoul Municipal Building, 333 S. Tanner St.


Village proceeding with additional airport work

RANTOUL — The village board was asked to approve an engineering design agreement for additional taxiway improvements at the Rantoul Aviation Center.

In a light night of action at last week’s village board study session, Public Works Director Greg Hazel asked the board to approve $106,407 for the improvement design with Burns & McDonnell engineers.


Ludlow village trustee tenders resignation

LUDLOW — Village board member Sarah Hills submitted her resignation, effective immediately, at the board’s January meeting last week.

Mayor Steve Thomas said a time conflict with Hills’ job prompted her to resign.

A Ludlow native, Hills is employed in Rantoul.


Fisher north side drainage project bid accepted

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board accepted the low bid for work on its north side drainage project.

The village will pay Dirt Works Trucking & Excavating of Rantoul $119,443 for work to alleviate flooding after heavy rains in the area.


County nursing home for sale

URBANA — Champaign County Board members voted Tuesday night to put the county nursing home up for sale.


Thomasboro village levy deja vu for taxpayers

THOMASBORO — Thomasboro property owners may see little change this year in the village portion of their property tax bills.


Thomasboro reaches agreement with police chief

THOMASBORO — The third time did the trick in the effort by the Thomasboro Village Board to finalize an employment agreement with Robert Rea as chief of police.

An initial agreement was approved at the Dec. 4 regular board meeting, with an amendment inserted that required Rea to establish residency in the village within a year.

The agreement was approved unanimously.


Village board to amend ordinance regarding sexual harassment prohibition

RANTOUL — The village board will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the municipal building, immediately following its monthly study session, which begins at 6 p.m.

The purpose of the special meeting is to adopt an ordinance amending the village personnel code in relation to sexual harassment prohibition.

The municipal building is located at 333 S. Tanner St.


Michaels, Farney sworn into county office

URBANA — John Farney and Diane Michaels were sworn in Tuesday morning as Champaign County’s newest countywide officials.

Farney, of rural Urbana, became the new county treasurer, replacing Dan Welch, whose resignation became effective Dec. 31. Welch, the longest-serving treasurer in county history, retired with 11 months remaining in his fifth term.


Village receives $3,000 grant for feasibility study

RANTOUL — Landmarks Illinois has awarded the village of Rantoul a $3,000 Preservation Heritage Fund grant toward a feasibility study of the First National Bank Building in downtown Rantoul.

The funds will reimburse the village for part of the study conducted this fall that estimated costs of both demolition and restoration of the building.


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