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Jimenez hired as RACC executive director

RANTOUL — Viviana Jimenez has been hired as the new executive director of the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor: Farmers market situation handled properly

RANTOUL — Mayor Chuck Smith said the village acted appropriately in shutting down this year’s farmers market and followed proper procedure in taking back money from a farmers market fund.

Resident: Some people need help with their village utility bills

RANTOUL — A local resident told the village that people who can’t pay their village utility bills need help.

In addition to water, the village provides natural gas and electric service to many areas of the community.

Police chief search process concerns some

RANTOUL — Village board members heard concerns about the police chief search and transparency at last week’s monthly meeting.

Thomas gets the top job in Ludlow

LUDLOW — Steve Thomas is Ludlow’s new mayor.

The village board voted this week for Thomas to fill the position formerly held by longtime mayor Pete Walker, who resigned due to moving out of town.

Village board OKs new-home incentive program

RANTOUL — Village board members last week adopted an incentive program that it hopes will spur new-home construction in the community, but not without some reservations.

The village will now ask Rantoul Township High School and Rantoul City Schools board members to also consider adoption of the program.

Lincoln's Challenge construction likely to stop again

RANTOUL — Construction on Rantoul’s Lincoln’s Challenge  campus is scheduled to halt again if the Illinois General Assembly does not pass a new budget.

Allie Bovis, a spokesperson for the Illinois Capital Development Board, said funding for the construction contract is not available after June 30 because no appropriate bill was passed by the legislature.

Brown accepts position as Rantoul police chief

RANTOUL — For the first time since the late 1990s, a Rantoul resident will hold the position as the town’s chief of police.

Native Tony Brown has been offered — and has accepted — the position. Local resident Allen Jones Sr. held the position from 1986-1999.

Potential wrongdoing? Mayor says decision will be made on investigation

RANTOUL — Village officials are studying whether to approve the start of an independent investigation into the handling of a storm sewer line case in which the line was diverted around property owned by a village trustee.

Mayor Chuck Smith said he has been speaking with village trustees about the matter.

Village hopes to partner with schools to spearhead new-home construction

RANTOUL — There aren’t many new houses going up in Rantoul these days. The village of Rantoul hopes to change that.

The village board is planning to vote on what it hopes is the joint adoption of a housing incentive program with the Rantoul Township High School and Rantoul City Schools districts, designed to spur construction of more new housing in the community.