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County board seeks to honor Tuskegee Airmen

URBANA — The Champaign County Board has approved a resolution in support of urging state legislators to order the Illinois Department of Transportation to place road signs at the entrances to Champaign County along interstate and U.S. highways that designate Champaign County as the “Birthplace of the Tuskegee Airmen March 1941.”

Fisher officials seek public input on gaming issue

FISHER — Fisher resident James McCoy would like to open a video gaming parlor on the site of the old Amoco station at the corner of Third Street and U.S. 136 in Fisher.  

Trouble is, the village board isn’t sure what residents think about the idea. They’d like to get some feedback.

Fisher resident Janeski seeks Champaign County recorder post

RANTOUL — Sherry Janeski of Fisher said she believes her experience in the office of the Champaign County recorder of deeds makes her the best choice in the spring election.

She is running for the office after her boss, Barb Frasca, said she would not seek re-election.

Village OKs water rate hikes, agreement with hotel company

RANTOUL — The village board formally approved a water rate increase and approved a redevelopment agreement with a company that will build a new hotel in Rantoul.

At its monthly meeting last week, the board approved the water rate hikes for residential, industrial and commercial customers.

Frontier's $5,000 grant will go toward Rantoul's signage project

RANTOUL — Frontier Communications has provided a $5,000 America’s Best Communities grant to the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce that will be used to erect signage in the community.

Fisher to install radio-read meters

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board is proceeding with plans to install new radio-read meters in most homes in town. It will cost about $300 to purchase and install each meter.

It was the consensus of the finance committee to borrow about $120,000 and combine that with money the village has on hand, $70,000 from a certificate of deposit that comes due March 1, and $30,000 in bond money.

Water issues dominate Rantoul Village Board meeting.

RANTOUL — Water dominated discussion at last week’s village board study session — too much of it and higher charges for it.
The board heard from residents of Indian Hills subdivision concerning chronic flooding problems affecting the sanitary sewer in that neighborhood, and was asked to approve a water rate increase.

Moving forward on new Rantoul hotel

RANTOUL — Action is starting to percolate on construction of a new hotel on the village’s west side.

“We’re super excited today,”  Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh told the village board. “We received some information about the layout of the hotel. Now I think it’s important to get the redevelopment agreement with Noble Hospitality.”

Legal battle might loom versus Gifford, EPA

GIFFORD — The village of Gifford might be gearing up for a legal battle against the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency against what it sees as unfair demands on its water treatment plant.

Ludlow to seek bids for new community center

LUDLOW — Bid requests could go out next month for construction of Ludlow’s new community center.

Village officials have chosen options such as siding, flooring and lighting.