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Air Force to test for chemical warfare agents

RANTOUL — This summer, the Air Force will begin testing for chemical warfare agents that were used on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Microloan committee turns down loan request

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul microloan committee has declined a $5,000 loan request  for an Internet-based real estate brokerage company to purchase computers.

RBC, formerly known as Prelim Inc., is a new company, having started in the last few months.

The company has no income and said it trades currency for income.

Liquor committee to discuss microbreweries, wine tasting

RANTOUL — The Rantoul liquor advisory committee will prepare the way for potential microbreweries and wine-tasting events in the community when it meets at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in the conference room at the municipal building.

Better communication by village needed, according to resident

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man who was among the residents back-billed for natural gas usage said the village needs better communication with its residents.

Billie Hunsucker of 1417 Fairway Drive said he spent more than an hour and had “a lot of heartburn” after he received his natural gas bills from the village that showed previous balances of $22 on one property and $20 on another.

Ragle returns as Fisher water superintendent

FISHER — Ron Ragle has returned to his former job in his hometown.

The Fisher Village Board unanimously concurred with Mayor Milt Kelly’s appointment of Ragle as water superintendent. He hopes to be on the job full time by June 1, though he has been doing some work for the village part time the past several months.

Software glitch causes natural gas underbilling

RANTOUL — A computer software error caused the underbilling of about 1,000 natural gas customers of the village of Rantoul.

Comptroller Scot Brandon said in his department report to the village board that the customers were underbilled by an average of $20-$30 apiece.

He said the additional amount will be applied to a future bill.

Laboratory at Business Center cleaned up

RANTOUL — A laboratory whose tenants in the Rantoul Business Center left abruptly has finally been cleaned up.

Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh said officials with Kim Laboratories, which had occupied space in the center since 2009, stopped making rental payments in March 2015, left their equipment and could not be located.

Village to help fund Ludlow Fourth of July celebration

LUDLOW — The village of Ludlow will kick in $500 toward this year’s community Fourth of July celebration.

Board member Randy Alesia said at last month’s village board meeting that he plans to expand the July 4 festivities.

He told trustees at last week’s meeting that he was running short on money for the event.

Village of Gifford to resume paying for fireworks

GIFFORD — The village of Gifford passed a budget at its meeting last Thursday, and though full details of the budget were not immediately available, some things will be different.

In the past two years, the village had not been asked to pay for fireworks at the annual Community Celebration, out of respect for its financial situation following the 2013 tornado.

$5 million: Local residents asked to donate time as part of Rantoul Tomorrow initiative

RANTOUL — Village leaders are asking the community to buy into Rantoul.

At last week’s Rantoul Tomorrow initiative meeting, Mayor Chuck Smith asked the community to donate $5 million worth of volunteer hours during the next five years.

The first year’s goal — to get $500,000 worth of volunteer hours at the IRS rate of $20 an hour.