Politics and Government

3 finalists announced for Rantoul village administrator

RANTOUL — One hails from Alaska. Another from upstate Illinois. A third comes from Champaign County.

The three finalists have been announced to fill Rantoul’s vacant village administrator post.

They are:

• Mark Lynch, city manager, Whittier, Alaska.

• LaTonya Rufus, director of planning and development, city of Harvey.

Not all village board members agree on creating position so soon

RANTOUL — The position of community development director will be created, but some members of the village board think it should wait.

The board voted 4-2 last week to create the post.

Trustee Terry Workman was the most vocal about the timing of the creation of the position, saying he thinks the village board needs to wait until a village administrator is hired.

Village board makes statement on employee residency issue

RANTOUL — In-town residency is important if you’re going to work for the village of Rantoul.

That’s the message sent by several members of the village board last week.

The board last Tuesday voted 4-1, with Hank Gamel casting the lone dissenting vote and Chad Smith absent, to turn down a proposal to alter the ordinance involving the position of assistant public works director.

Rantoul's legal costs in stormwater sewer issue more than $4,000

RANTOUL — The legal cost to the village of Rantoul to ensure that no laws were broken in the relocating of a storm sewer line in west Rantoul was more than $4,000.

Public can meet prospective administrator candidates

RANTOUL — A public meeting/candidate forum for Rantoul village administrator candidates will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in the Rantoul Township High School Cafetorium.

A total of 18 applications were submitted to fill the position formerly held by Jeff Fiegenschuh, who recently left to become city manager in Rochelle.

Retirement benefits sink Thomasboro chief negotiations

THOMASBORO — Negotiations with a candidate for Thomasboro chief of police broke down over retirement benefits.

Mayor Tyler Evans said the board had been discussing terms of employment with Thomasboro patrolman Jeff Metzler, who held out for participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. He had been selected after a review of applicants at an Aug. 31 special meeting.

Owner gives update on planned Thomasboro restaurant

THOMASBORO — Ali Tiouririne submitted a written update to the Thomasboro Village Board Sept. 5 on progress at his property at 406 Church St., where he plans to put in a restaurant and a kitchen showroom.

He is giving priority to the restaurant so has requested that the building permit for the showroom be voided. He will apply for a new permit when he is ready to start on the showroom.

Housing incentive program hits a snag

RANTOUL — The village’s plan to implement a tax incentive program to spur housing construction in the community has hit a snag if school districts are to participate.

Village might create community development director post

RANTOUL — A village of Rantoul community development director position could be created.

Outgoing Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh, whose last day on the job was Friday, recommended creation of the position.

Court to Illinois town: Raise taxes to fund pensions

Illinois News Network

Illinois may be entering a new chapter in the saga of local pension debt after an appeals court this month ordered a cash-strapped Illinois city to raise property taxes to meet its firefighter pension obligations.

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