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Results are finally in: Gifford native Mike Frerichs to be Illinois state treasurer

SPRINGFIELD — In a stunning, one-day turnaround, Champaign Democrat and Gifford native Mike Frerichs grabbed the lead in the race for state treasurer from Republican Tom Cross on Tuesday — 14 days after Election Day.

Village to increase levy; tax rate will stay the same

Rantoul Press editor

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul’s 2014 tax levy will increase by 4.98 percent.

Comptroller Scot Brandon reported to the village board that the library has requested a levy of $427,250 — an increase of $1,600 from last year. Also, the police fund request has increased $70,898 to a total of $662,883.

Rantoul's best honored at Chamber banquet

Rantoul Press editor

RANTOUL – The annual chamber of commerce banquet is largely about recognizing contributions – contributions to the community, to individuals and to the chamber itself.

Friday night’s banquet was no different as about 175 people (one of the largest in recent memory) were on hand to celebrate and to look forward.

Gifford group speculates town hurt by lack of high school choice

Rantoul Press assistant editor

RANTOUL — Rodney Rogers and Jed Willard of the Gifford Choice Community Committee spoke to members of the Rantoul Township High School board of education last Monday regarding Gifford Grade School detaching from RTHS.

Fisher to post opening for village office manager

Rantoul Press correspondent

The Fisher Village Board agreed to advertise for the position Mary Wier is retiring from next April 30. Wier is office manager at the village building but does accounting, billing and collecting water bill payments and numerous other duties, a jack of all trades.

Village may approve study for automated meter reading program

RANTOUL — The village board will consider a proposed $37,900 study into the feasibility of operating an automated meter-reading system.

Village management role at airport paying off so far

RANTOUL — The first two months of the village of Rantoul serving as the airport’s fixed base operator has been profitable.

Airport Manager Rune Duke said the airport brought in $10,000 in September, of which $1,700 was profit. In October the numbers were even better — $14,000 in revenue and an estimated $3,000 in profit.

Ludlow board to mull alternatives to shrink delinquent water accounts

LUDLOW — Ludlow village trustees will consider alternatives to shrink the number of delinquent water accounts in the community.

The board will have a water committee meeting Nov. 17 to mull some of the proposals.

They include increaing the water service deposit from $50 to $100 and shortening the time residents have to pay their bills before service is shut off.

Gifford board agrees to new site for village hall

GIFFORD — Almost one year after a tornado ripped through Gifford, the village board has made formal plans for a new village home.

If all goes to plan, Gifford should have a new village hall and maintenance building by the middle of next year.

Foiled again: Voters again turn down Rantoul Township tax hike

RANTOUL — Tuesday’s defeat of a proposal to increase the Rantoul Township tax levy was just the latest at the polls for the township.

Voters voted 1,686 to 663 to deny a tax increase that would have brought in about $50,000 more a year in property tax. The owner of a house valued at $100,000 would have paid about $20 more per year.