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Chanute Air Museum to close

RANTOUL — One of the last signs that Rantoul at one time held an Air Force base will vanish at the end of this year.

Chanute Air Museum, which has operated in the community since the spring of 1994 — just months after the closure of the base the previous fall — will close Dec. 30.

“This was not an easy decision for anybody,” Nancy Kobel, air museum board president, said.


Single-hauler garbage contract recommended

RANTOUL — Local residents will be paying about half of what they are currently for monthly garbage service and add free recycling service if the village board adopts a committee recommendation in May.

The committee will recommend a seven-year garbage-hauling contract with Area Disposal for residential customers.


Village to pay exonerated man $33,000 settlement

RANTOUL — A man exonerated in the death of a young Rantoul girl 35 years ago will receive $33,000 from the village in a wrongful-conviction suit.

In 2013, Andre Davis, having served 32 years in prison, was exonerated in the death of 3-year-old Brianna Stickel in 1980 after DNA evidence indicated another man committed the crime.


House committee passes provision changing FEMA disaster-aid formula

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Reps.


Boil order issued in Potomac

POTOMAC — The village of Potomac has issued a boil order until further notice for an area of the community.

Residents of West State Street from Vermilion Street to Burke Street should boil their water due to a water main break.

Call the village office with questions at 987-6900 or the water plant at 987-6461.


Rantoul power rates to increase

RANTOUL — Residents will begin paying more for their electrical service in October.

The village board was expected to approve a rate increase at Tuesday’s monthly meeting that will jump the amount customers pay by 3.6 percent the first year and 3.1 percent each the next two years.


Fisher hears pharmacy proposal

FISHER — Two representatives of TelePharm told the Fisher Village Board about a novel way to bring a pharmacy to the small village.


Ludlow to seek grants for water main project

LUDLOW — Ludlow Mayor Pete Walker said he has been meeting with engineers as the village hopes to secure funding for replacement of the town’s water main system.

“We’re ... trying to get a grant through the USDA for the design,” Walker said. “I’m also working with Regional Planning on it. I’m trying to get the best bang for Ludlow.”


Gifford soon to get new village building

GIFFORD—Gifford’s new village hall is nearing completion, and its finishing touches were the main topic of discussion at Thursday’s monthly meeting.

Contractor Eldon Hesterberg, who is renovating and selling the old Spreader building to sell to the village, said he’s hoping to close the sale around the beginning of May.


Rantoul mayor to testify on impact state cuts would have on village

URBANA — Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith is one of the speakers scheduled to address state senators Monday afternoon in Urbana on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.