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Village board sticks with its $20,000 pledges

RANTOUL — A member of the Rantoul Village Board had some questions on the best use of village money before a vote was taken to allocate $20,000 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program.

Turner formally announces village board candidacy

RANTOUL — Incumbent Ken Turner has formally announced his candidates for re-election to the village board.

Turner has served for two years on the village board, having been appointed by Mayor Chuck Smith to the board seat formerly held by Jeremy Reale, who had resigned.

Shimkus staff member to be in Fisher

FISHER — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinvsille) will have staff available in Fisher later this month to meet with residents.

On Monday, March 20, the staffer will be present from 2:30-4 p.m. at Fisher Community Center, 100 E. School St.

Those who cannot attend in person may contact Shimkus’ local office at 217-446-0664.

Public can meet, greet village candidates Saturday

RANTOUL — Got a question for a candidate for Rantoul mayor or village board? Now’s your chance.

A meet-and-greet time with those candidates will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Rantoul American Legion Post 287.

Running for mayor in the April 4 election are incumbent Chuck Smith, former mayor Neal Williams and current village trustee Gary Wilson.

Village to match RCS grant of $20,000 for mentoring group

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul will match the $20,000 pledged by Rantoul City Schools to support a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program in the community.

Corey Burrows, BBBS of Central Illinois chief operating officer, said Rantoul City Schools identified more than 400 children in the school district “in need of supportive adult mentoring.”

Village board expected to change microloan program

RANTOUL — The village board will be asked to approve changes to the microloan program at this week’s meeting that will include higher maximum loan amounts and expanded parameters of what purposes the loans can be used for.

Under the proposal, a loan minimum would be set at $7,500, while the maximum would increase from $50,000 to $100,000.

Fisher residents question board about selling water systems

FISHER — Now that village officials have mailed an informational letter to every water customer in town, several residents appeared before Fisher Village Board at its most recent meeting. They had questions about the proposed sale of the village’s water and sewer systems.

Thomasboro board makes progress on Main Street resurfacing

THOMASBORO — Though the matter was officially tabled until next month, some progress was made by the Thomasboro Village Board concerning the resurfacing project on Main Street.

At last week’s meeting, trustees continued to discuss the project, which would resurface the entire street from U.S. 45 to Commercial Street.

Ludlow's thoughts return to replacing water mains

LUDLOW — Two years ago, the Ludlow Village Board was poised to begin discussions about possibly replacing its more than 60-year-old water mains. Then the village’s community center went up in flames, and attention and resources were directed to building its replacement.

The board is now revisiting the water main project.

Penfield bar-restaurant owner plans to open Rankin bar

RANKIN — The owner of a Penfield restaurant-bar plans to open a new bar in Rankin.

With Tim Snyder, Sheri Kaufman, owner of the Last Call, Penfield, plans to open Rankin Rangers Pub & Grub, the former site of Piper’s Place and the Storm Cellar.

Kaufman and Snyder have requested a liquor license for the bar, Rankin Village Board members learned at their March meeting.