Politics and Government

County board to reconsider nursing home management vote

URBANA — Champaign County Board members will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday to reconsider the vote they took Thursday night to reject extending a contract with the firm that manages the county nursing home.

The board voted 10-9, with Republicans in the majority, against extending for an additional two months the county’s contract with SAK Management Services through July.


Champaign County tax bills going out April 30

URBANA — The Champaign County Treasurer’s Office will mail the revenue year 2017 real estate tax bills Monday, April 30.

The due dates will be Friday, June 1, for the first installment and Tuesday, Sept. 4, for the second.

Interest of 1.5 percent per month will be assessed on bills paid after those dates.


Rantoul Village Board passes FY 19 budget — barely

RANTOUL -- It took Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith to break a tie vote for passage of the fiscal year 2019 village budget Tuesday night.

The board voted 3-3 for a compromise budget proposed by trustee Jennifer Fox that will retain all village employees while reducing the number of vehicles to be leased during the year from 18 to six.


Rantoul Village Board set to vote on one of most contentious budgets in recent years

RANTOUL — As D Day nears when village board members must have a fiscal year 2019 budget to present for public review, it appeared the village is closer to a spending plan.


Village board OKs maintenance contract for park district land, will wait to study true costs


RANTOUL — An agreement for the village of Rantoul to maintain three Rantoul Park District properties will go ahead for the year, with a plan to study the actual costs to the village coming later.


Fisher budget reflects 7 percent spending increase

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board passed its first budget last week that reflects no longer having a water/wastewater fund. The village closed March 28 on the sale of its water and sewer systems to Illinois American Water.


Mayor orders water pumped out, area fenced off from ex-base hospital site that posed health, safety risk

RANTOUL — Mayor Chuck Smith has ordered a large section of standing water to be pumped out by village crews and fencing erected to keep people away from a portion of the former Chanute Air Force Base hospital.


New organization to work for change in Rantoul's form of government

RANTOUL — A Rantoul Residents for Representation group has been formed with establishment of an aldermanic form of government one of its main goals and the placement of a referendum on the November ballot asking the public’s opinion.


Crime-Free Housing program again broached

RANTOUL — Rantoul Police Lt. Alex Meyer said a study shows that about 80 percent of the known offenders committing serious crimes in the community were people living in rental properties.


Economic development, racism, civility among public comments at village board meeting

RANTOUL — Village board members have had to develop a pretty thick skin of late due to some of the statements made by residents during the public comment section at the beginning of board meetings.

Money problems always cause tension, whether it’s at the personal level or the municipal level.


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