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Davis pushes EPA on Mahomet Aquifer

WASHINGTON — Clearly perturbed by delays, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, is pushing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finish its review of a proposal to designate the Mahomet Aquifer as a sole source aquifer.

No new gaming parlors: Mayor

RANTOUL — No new gaming parlors will be coming to Rantoul outside of already-established businesses.

Mayor Chuck Smith, who earlier toyed with the idea of the village issuing gaming parlor licenses to new businesses that wanted to start up, said he has decided against it.

'Committed to downtown': Village officials discuss plans to enhance area

RANTOUL — The Village of Rantoul presented new streetscape plans, community leaders received input on downtown development ideas and the Rantoul Downtown Association was reborn before a wall-to-wall turnout Thursday morning at Java Connection.

No blanket policy: Resident urges village to make allowances with garbage contract

RANTOUL — Jim Cheek doesn’t give anybody any garbage.

And he wants the Rantoul Village Board to consider people like him as it mulls whether to change the village to a single-hauler garbage system.

Ag chief urges rural areas to go after high-speed Internet

CHAMPAIGN — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urged rural communities in East Central Illinois to take advantage of federal programs to help make high-speed Internet access available in their areas.

In an interview Thursday with The News-Gazette, Vilsack expanded on President Barack Obama’s call Wednesday to make fast, affordable broadband available to more parts of the country.

Proposed housing project in Gifford sparks questions

GIFFORD — It was a combination of anger, bewilderment and a desire to know what was going on that drew several Gifford residents to the village board’s monthly meeting Thursday.

Ludlow officials to do some of the prep work to secure water main grant

LUDLOW — Village officials will do some of the preparation work themselves to save funds when applying for a state grant to help pay for the replacement of all of Ludlow’s water mains.

The project would cost an estimated $350,000, and the village has been informed that state money is available to help pay for the job at 2 percent interest.

The water mains are 65 years old.

Village agrees to buy mobile home park

RANTOUL – The village of Rantoul has agreed to buy a mobile home park on the community’s northwest side.

Deeds Mobile Home Park will be sold to the village for $33,000.

Gifford native Frerichs sworn in as treasurer

SPRINGFIELD — Mike Frerichs, sworn in Monday as Illinois’ 74th state treasurer, referred to his roots in Champaign County in his inaugural speech Monday afternoon.

Frerichs is the first statewide constitutional officeholder from Champaign County in more than 50 years and the first Democrat from the county to hold any constitutional office in the state’s 196-year history.

Reale named Fisher village manager; will resign as Rantoul trustee

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board has appointed its first village manager.

Jeremy Reale, currently working as village clerk in Thomasboro, will start work in Fisher Jan. 26.