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Legislation seeks to memorialize I-57 shootout overpass

PAXTON — State Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, has introduced legislation to memorialize an Interstate 57 overpass south of Paxton that was near the scene of a bloody Saturday night gunfight almost 38 years ago.

HJR 21 would designate the overpass at 200 North Road south of Paxton as the “McCarter-Caisse-Vice-Hale Memorial Overpass.”


Four village board candidates present their views

RANTOUL — Four candidates for three open seats on the Rantoul Village Board in the April 4 election attended last week’s candidate forum.

Jack Gaffney, Rich Medlen, Ken Turner and Terry Workman gave opening and closing statements and answered prepared questions. Candidates Sam Hall and Merle Wilson were not present.


Four seek 3 spots on Rantoul library board

RANTOUL — Four candidates for three open seats on the Rantoul Public Library Board in the April 4 election  — Mike Flanagan, Anita Hochberger, Jessica Holmes and William Wagner — spoke at last week’s candidates forum at J.W. Eater Junior High School.


Park board to present Brookhill proposal to village

RANTOUL — Two days before golfers took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to hit the links for the first time this year at Brookhill Golf Course, the Rantoul Park Board on Thursday approved a proposal for the village of Rantoul to manage the course.

The ball is now in the village’s court — or on its fairway — to decide whether to accept or ask for changes to the proposal.


Mayoral candidates have their say at forum

RANTOUL — The three candidates for Rantoul mayor spoke at last week’s candidate’s forum at J.W. Eater Junior High School — incumbent Chuck Smith, former mayor Neal Williams and board trustee Gary Wilson.

The forum was sponsored by Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce, Rantoul Exchange Club and Rantoul Rotary.

Opening statements


Rantoul zoning update public meeting Feb. 21

RANTOUL — A village of Rantoul ordinance update public meeting will be held 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Rantoul Village Hall, 333 S. Tanner St.

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission staff will host the public meeting and will review and discuss proposed draft amendments for the Rantoul zoning ordinance update.

The meeting is open to the public. Questions are welcome.


Early voting times set for April 4 election

RANTOUL — Early voting in Rantoul for the April 4 consolidated election will begin Friday, March 31, at the First United Methodist Church Gathering Place (steel building to the east of the church).

The church is located at 200 S. Century Blvd.

The hours of early voting will be:

Friday, March 31 — noon-5 p.m.

Saturday, April 1 — 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


Rantoul candidate forum set Wednesday night

RANTOUL — A sure sign of approaching spring: campaign signs are sprouting in yards throughout Rantoul touting candidates in the April 4 election.

Local residents will get an opportunity to hear what the candidates for several offices have to say at a forum set this week. The assembly begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the J.W. Eater Junior High School Annex.


Revolving loan fund will remain

RANTOUL — The village board will not be asked to terminate the revolving loan fund.

Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh told the village board at its study session last week that comments from the public, Economic Development Director Rebecca


New HR director's first task: Recruit a new police chief

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul’s new human resources director will get her feet wet early.

Katherine Johnston, who was introduced to the village board at last week’s study session, will be tasked with recruiting a replacement for Police Chief Erman Blevins, who recently resigned.