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Village reaches four-year contract with police

RANTOUL — Rantoul police have a new contract.

The four-year compact calls for an annual pay increase averaging 2.8 percent a year. A 20-cent-per hour shift differential was also added, effective May 2016, for employees working outside the normal operational hours of 7 a.m.-3 p.m.


Reale's role still being defined in new Fisher position

FISHER — One village trustee thinks new Village Manager Jeremy Reale should take on a new role and relinquish another. Reale started work in Fisher six weeks ago.


Five run for Ludlow school board

LUDLOW – The five candidates for five seats on Ludlow school board attended Thursday’s candidate forum at the community center.

The forum is the community’s first such candidate event in modern memory.  

Steve Thomas (who also serves on the village board), Rhonda Moore, Mary Nuku and Jeri Roberts are running for four-year terms. Allen Walker is seeking a two-year term.


Walker, Alesia seek Ludlow mayor's post

LUDLOW  — Incumbent Pete Walker and challenger Randy Alesia, a two-year veteran of the village board, provide the only contested race in the April 7 Ludlow election.

The mayoral candidates were among those who answered questions at a candidate forum Thursday.

A 30-year veteran of the village board, Walker served two years on the county board and the past 12 years as mayor.


Governor meets with area mayors during Rantoul stop

RANTOUL — Mayors from several area communities expressed their concern to Gov. Bruce Rauner over Rauner’s proposal that would reduce the amount of local government distributive fund money their communities would receive.


Updated: Governor pays visit to Rantoul

RANTOUL ­— Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was elected on a platform of change, and that mantra continues as he tours the state saying revisions are needed in the state’s business climate.

Rauner met with employees and toured the plant at Combe Laboratories in Rantoul Wednesday afternoon.


Village to begin selling parcels of airport land

RANTOUL — Rantoul National Aviation Center will become smaller if the village can find buyers for four parcels it plans to sell.

Airport Manager Rune Duke asked the village board for permission to sell four parcels of land that are technically part of the airport but are not used for flying purposes.


Plan Commission to meet on west side project

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Plan Commission will meet next week to discuss the final plat and a development plan for a project on community’s west side.


Gifford approves golf cart ordinance

GIFFORD — Golf cart use will soon be regulated in the village of Gifford.

The village board approved the ordinance at its meeting Thursday. Residents and visitors will be allowed to use golf carts and other utility vehicles on village streets, provided the vehicles are in compliance and drivers follow the rules in the ordinance.


Ludlow board discusses plowing streets

LUDLOW — Streets in Ludlow might not be plowed as often as some larger communities, but they’re plowed in a timely manner so residents can get out and about, Mayor Pete Walker said.