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Several businesses interested in Rantoul



RANTOUL — The vice president of a firm hired to recruit retail business to Rantoul said seven companies have expressed interest in locating in the village.

Speaking to members of the Rantoul Economic Development Committee, Aaron Farmer of Retail Coach said the businesses include restaurants, clothing stores and a hair-styling business.


Rantoul leaders planning for future

RANTOUL — Rantoul leaders are planning for the future.

Individuals from a variety of sectors gathered Saturday at The Linden Banquet Center to discuss their vision for moving the village forward through the Rantoul Tomorrow program  —  an initiative involving the village of Rantoul as well as Rantoul City Schools and Rantoul Township High School.


Drainage sore topic for some in Ludlow

LUDLOW — Drainage issues, fundraiser plans for a community center and a proposed water main replacement project were among the topics discussed at the July Ludlow Village Board meeting.

The stormwater drainage problems at Hickory and Pera streets is a sore spot for residents living in that area.

Water entered a house at that corner, causing damage.


Village formally petitions to retain 3 planes from air museum

RANTOUL — The village board formally voted to petition retain three planes from the Chanute Air Museum when it closes at the end of this year.

The village will petition the Air Force to be allowed to keep on loan a P-51 Mustang fighter, an AT-6 Texas and an F-86 Sabre fighter.


Fisher welcomes addition of new Dollar General store

FISHER — The new Dollar General store is open, and Mayor Milt Kelly said it is a good addition to Fisher.

“There is a good variety there, and it meets the need of buying items that haven’t been available in town till now,” Kelly said.

The store celebrated its grand opening Saturday morning. Kelly participated.


Airport manager takes new position in D.C.

RANTOUL — Rune Duke, Rantoul National Aviation Center manager for the past 15 months, has taken a new position in Washington, D.C.

Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh said Duke has taken a lobbying position for the airline industry.

Duke said he opted to make the move “for reasons related to family.”


Microloan committee OKs $50,000 for hair salon

RANTOUL — The owner of a Rantoul hair salon will receive a $50,000 micro loan from the village of Rantoul for building and equipment upgrades.

The seven-year loan, approved for Rod Sickler, will be at 2 percent interest. Sickler has operated the hair salon — Image Studio by Rod & Co. — at 116 S. Garrard St. for 25 years.


Thomasboro residents concerned about drainage issues

THOMASBORO—Extra chairs had to be added to the seating area of the village hall, as around 20 residents attended last week’s meeting of the Thomasboro Village Board.

Many in attendance had questions about the state of the village’s drainage lines. As a result of the state’s wettest June on record, new Village


Gifford Village Board to need 2 new members

GIFFORD—The Gifford Village board will need two new members, and at least one of them will be a former trustee.

At Thursday’s meeting, Village President Derald Ackerman announced trustee Tony Cler would be moving out of town, and that August’s meeting would be Cler’s last on the board.


Village expected to approve runway rehab project

RANTOUL — The village is expected to proceed with a runway and ramp rehabilitation project at the Rantoul National Aviation Center despite higher-than-anticipated costs.