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Maxwell, Watson seek District 1 seat on Champaign County Board

The race in Champaign County Board District 1 — the area that covers most of the largely rural northwestern quadrant of the county — features two candidates who might be familiar to voters in the area that includes Mahomet, Fisher, Dewey, Foosland and Seymour.


Frerichs, Rauner way out in front on C-U contributions

Only Mike Frerichs, the hometown state senator running for state treasurer, has raised more money in Champaign-Urbana this election cycle than Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.


Rantoul Township, Thomasboro voters to cast ballots on tax hikes

Residents in Rantoul Township and Thomasboro Grade School district will be asked to raise their property tax rates in next Tuesday’s (Nov. 4) election.

Rantoul Township. The Rantoul Township proposal would increase taxes a little more than $50,000.


Here's where to vote Tuesday

The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. for next Tuesday’s (Nov. 4) general election.

Following is a list of area polling places.

Brown Township (Fisher and Foosland) — Fisher community building, 100 E. School St.

Compromise Township (Gifford) — Gifford community building, 101 S. Main St.


Village signs new agreement with Mediacom

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul has signed a new cable television service provider agreement with Mediacom.

Under terms of the agreement, the company will pay the village 5 percent of its gross revenues “derived from the provision of cable or video service to households located within the village.”

The rate is the same as previous years.


Early voting to start in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN — Early voting for next month’s general election kicks off Monday.

In Champaign County, registered have a choice of eight sites to cast ballots before Election Day on Nov. 4:

— The county clerk’s office at the Brookens Administrative Center in Urbana.

— The Federal Room of the Illini Union.

— Spalding Recreation Center in Champaign.


Fisher board steps back from selling old community center

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board has had to step back after agreeing last month to sell for $20,000 the old community center/police department and maintenance area downtown to R. & M. Rentals LLC for a preschool.

Maria Rasche plans to open a curriculum-based preschool for 3-5-year-olds by August of 2015.  Rocky and Mia Thomas own the company, and Rasche is their daughter.


Pork plant to expand again

RANTOUL – Rantoul Foods pork processing plant will build a 48,000-square-foot expansion.

Dan Culkin, village inspector, told the village board last week that the addition will go up on the northwest side of the plant’s property west of Rantoul.


Ludlow may send landlords water bills to curb delinquent list

LUDLOW — In an effort to pare the number of delinquent water bills, the village board could begin sending bills to landlords rather than renters.

The village board will study the idea and may send it to the village attorney for consideration.

The issue remains in the discussion stage, Mayor Pete Walker said.


Gifford gets update on water tower

GIFFORD—Last Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Gifford village board lasted around a half hour, enough to cover two important topics.

Dave Atchley of MSA provided an update for the board on the progress of a new water tower. Atchley said the Federal Aviation Administration had approved the new tower, and the project had progressed to the bidding stage.