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Kelly won't seek re-election as Fisher mayor

FISHER — Fisher residents will have a new mayor next year.

Milt Kelly, who has served at the top of the village’s government for 16 of the last 20 years, said he has decided not to run again.


Meeting set Dec. 5 to explain Rantoul police pension fund proposal

RANTOUL — A public meeting on the local police pension fund will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in the auditorium at Rantoul Business Center, 601 S. Century Blvd.

Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh is proposing establishment of a fee on local utility bills to help fund the police pension system.


Medlen announces candidacy for Rantoul Village Board

Rich Medlen has formally announced his candidacy for Rantoul Village Board.

Medlen, of 44 Gerald Road, is one of six people to have picked up nominating petitions from Village Clerk Mike Graham for three open positions on the village board in the April election.


Liquor license off table after Rantoul officials learn of charges

RANTOUL — Village officials have canceled a second meeting with a Rantoul man who had requested a liquor license to be used for a proposed gambling parlor.

Mayor Chuck Smith said the meeting was called off after it was learned that Charles Duckworth faces a January trial for allegedly not paying numerous contractors who were hired to help restore a former hardware store he bought.


Park district dissolution vote in doubt

URBANA — The vote earlier this month to dissolve the Rantoul Park District may be in jeopardy, based on a Champaign County judge’s ruling Monday.


Fisher resident wants to buy property, but owner can't be located

FISHER — Marvin Clemmons, co-owner of the soon-to-be-opened Wild Hare Bar & Grill in downtown Fisher told the village board that he and his son Brandon are interested in the property adjacent to  the restaurant building they built. He said they are willing to cover any costs to transfer the property.


What now? Village board must decide how to proceed after park district dissolution

RANTOUL — The 160-acre Brookhill Golf Course and Park will remain in recreational use, and the golf course might even remain available in some form.


Park district owns more than 200 acres

Rantoul Park District owns about 231 acres, which will be transferred to the village of Rantoul after results of last Tuesday’s vote are certified later this month by Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten.

Residents voted to dissolve the park district. Operation and maintenance of the property will now shift to the village.


Thomasboro board member questions mayor's residency

THOMASBORO — The mayor of Thomasboro may be spending some of his time outside of the village, but that will not lead to him resigning his post.

Longtime trustee Jeff Robertson brought up the question of Mayor Brad Morris’ residency at the village board meeting last Monday. Morris recently married, and his wife lives in Bloomington.


Ludlow board taking a gamble on new floor

LUDLOW — Village officials are going to roll the dice to install a floor at the new Ludlow Community Center.