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Second tax installment due Sept. 1

URBANA — The Champaign County Treasurer’s Office is reminding taxpayers of the Tuesday, Sept. 1, due date for the second installment of real estate taxes.

A Sept. 1 postmark will be accepted as on time.


Think revenue freeze a shock? Don't bet on it

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to suspend video-gambling revenue disbursements to municipalities until the state has a budget in place shouldn’t affect area towns too badly.

They’ve been bracing for this.


Video gaming 'a challenge' for village

RANTOUL — Mayor Chuck Smith called video gaming in the village “a challenge for us” due to limited access.

He said the Rantoul Liquor Commission mandated that no additional liquor licenses be issued in the community other than restaurants with at least 48 seats. State statute requires that only businesses with liquor licenses should be granted a gaming license.


Congressman to be in Paxton Friday

PAXTON — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) will be available to meet with Ford County area residents Friday, Aug. 21.

Shimkus will hold one-on-one meetings from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Ford County Courthouse courtroom, 200 W. State St., Paxton.


Village board approves 5-cent motor fuel tax

RANTOUL — Motorists fueling their vehicles in Rantoul will be paying 5 cents more per gallon.

The village board, without comment, passed a local 5-cent motor fuel tax to fund street repairs.

Collection of the MFT is expected to begin this fall, and the village will use the winter months to determine the average amount it raises before budgeting for street repairs next spring.


Fisher Village Board continues with fowl talk

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board will continue a discussion to allow hens within the village limits.

The trustees took no action last week but have in hand several ordinances in other towns that allow hens.


Upgrades planned at Rantoul Municipal Building

RANTOUL — Parts of the Rantoul Municipal Building will receive upgrades — some visible and some not so much.

People who frequent the main area of the building are most likely to notice the physical changes.

“We’re focusing on the main hallway and the main lobby area when you come in,” Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh said. “It’s a pretty simple update.”


Build new or renovate? Ludlow Village Board must decide on center location

LUDLOW — Village board members continue to gather figures to determine where the town’s new community building will be located.

Some community members believe the old Catholic church on Thomas Street should become the new center, while others believe a new building should be constructed.


Gifford may play Kick the Can with IEPA

GIFFORD—It may be nothing, or it could be costly.

Civil engineer Joe Pisula of Donohue and Associates in Champaign appeared before the Gifford Village Board Thursday to update trustees on the village’s situation with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.


Village board to vote on motor fuel tax proposal

RANTOUL — Village board members were expected to approve a motor fuel tax of 5 cents per gallon at this week’s monthly meeting.

Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh proposed the motor fuel tax in June, saying he would give the proposal a month to allow public input before the board would vote on it this month.