Politics and Government

Paxton’s pitch: Huge American flag near I-57 exit

PAXTON — Paxton’s fire chief wants to put a huge American flag atop a 150-foot-tall flagpole near the exit for the city on Interstate 57 — not only as a way to support the nation and its veterans but also to make his small city in Ford County stand out to travelers on one of the nation’s busiest highways.

Seller-financed deal sought for 3 hangars

RANTOUL — Another month, another requested change to the agreement to sell former Air Force hangars and the AT&T call center building.

The village board is being asked to approve the fifth amendment to the agreement with Los Angeles businessman John Van Der Velde.

Rantoul to seek grants for Forum Fitness Center, west side park

RANTOUL — An Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant for the renovation/expansion of Forum Fitness Center that had been frozen by the state four years ago might be coming Rantoul’s way after all.

“I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time,” Rantoul Recreation Superintendent Luke Humphrey said.

Mayor appoints 2 to Fisher commission

FISHER — The Fisher Planning and Zoning Commission has two new members.

The village board last week concurred with Mayor Mike Bayler’s appointment of Rick Shep and Steve Hammond to the commission.

All but one precinct backed districting, Jones, Michaels candidacies

RANTOUL — Every Rantoul Township precinct but one voted “yes” in Tuesday’s election on the question of whether the village should be divided into districts for the purpose of electing village trustees.

Overall, the measure passed 1,723-1,450.

Meet-and-greet time set for new administrator


RANTOUL — The public will have an opportunity to meet and greet the village’s new village administrator, Scott Eisenhauer, and his wife, Amy.

The event is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the municipal building, 333 S. Tanner St.

Updated: Rantoul voters approve districting proposal by 54 percent majority

RANTOUL -- By a 54 percent majority, Rantoul residents approved a proposal to divide the village into six village board districts. The vote passed 1,723-1,450.

Fisher reinstitutes leaf-collection program

FISHER — The village of Fisher will reinstitute leaf collection beginning this month. 

Since the village no longer has equipment necessary to vacuum leaves, staff will collect bagged leaves set curbside on designated collection days each week.

Thomasboro beefs up its police force; meeting continued

THOMASBORO — The Thomasboro Village Board authorized hiring Blake Carey as part-time police officer at its Nov. 5 meeting as it continues the search for a second part-time officer.

“Any (extra) bit of coverage right now would be helpful,” Mayor Tyler Evans said. “I still feel we need to be looking for additional help.”

In Fisher, the process worked, said mayor

FISHER — The process worked. That’s what Fisher Mayor Mike Bayler told those assembled for a public hearing on a proposed solar farm that didn’t need to be held after all.

The solar company that had requested a special-use permit for a solar farm within the Fisher village limits formally withdrew its request prior to the board’s meeting.

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