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Resident to ask village to consider backyard chickens in Rantoul

RANTOUL — A supporter of urban chickens hopes the backyard fowl will someday be allowed in Rantoul.

Rose Smith said she will speak to the village board about the subject at its study session Tuesday night.


No sale: Fisher board votes not to sell water, wastewater systems

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board will not sell its water and wastewater systems, at least not now.


Moving the market: Rantoul farmers market to move to Sangamon Avenue

RANTOUL — This summer’s farmers market will move around the corner from its previous location.

Formerly held in the vacant lot that at one time held the Wings Theater, the market will be held on Sangamon Avenue.


Tax bills going out on Friday

URBANA — Property tax bills will go out Friday, said County Treasurer Dan Welch, and the average property taxpayer in the county will pay about $150 more in taxes this year than last.

This year’s average tax bill is $4,491.40, based on dividing the total tax take ($332.6 million) of taxing districts in the county by the number of tax bills (74,067) being mailed out.


Schools collect most tax money

This year, school districts account for more than two-thirds of all the property tax funds collected in Champaign County. The list, by district:

Champaign: $94.5 million

Urbana: $45.6 million

Mahomet-Seymour: $14.6 million

PBL: $10 million

Tolono: $8.6 million

Monticello: $8.3 million

GCMS: $7.44 million


Going solar with it: Sun facility one of the first of its kind in Illinois

RANTOUL — One of the first municipally sponsored solar energy units in Illinois began operating in December in Rantoul.

Village and corporate officials involved formally cut the ribbon for the project Friday in a ceremony that also recognized two local leaders who have been involved with promoting Rantoul’s tree population.


Fisher board sets special meeting to discuss sale of village systems

FISHER -- The Fisher Village Board will meet in special session at 6:45 p.m., Monday, April 24, to discuss the possible sale of the water and wastewater systems.


Village official addresses controversy

RANTOUL — Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh said mistakes were made in how the village handled the rerouting of a storm sewer line around a village board member’s property, but none of it was designed to deceive the public, and there was never any intent not to reimburse the village.


Village board approves walk-in cooler purchase for food hub

RANTOUL — Rantoul’s food hub will be equipped with a walk-in cooler where produce can be kept until producers wash and pack it.

The village board last week approved the purchase of the cooler from McCormick Service for $27,165.

The USDA earlier awarded a $55,000 grant for the food hub, and purchase of the cooler will come from that funding.


Community center open, but senior citizens still can't use it for meals

LUDLOW — Village officials are wondering what it will take before senior citizens are able to eat their Peace Meal lunches at the town’s new community center.

Already open several months, the village is having trouble getting the site inspected so the meals can be served there.