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$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.


Thomasboro a happenin' place in May

THOMASBORO—Ahead of a busy May for the village of Thomasboro, the open portions of Monday’s village board meeting only lasted about 35 minutes.


State funding pending for Lincoln's Challenge operations

Lincoln’s Challenge Academy would receive nearly $968,000 of a $400 million social services spending bill passed last week by the Illinois Senate, state Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) said last week at a town hall meeting held at Rantoul Township High School.


Lincoln's Challenge classes moving to business center

RANTOUL — Lincoln’s Challenge Academy classes will be moved to a new location, and it won’t be on the academy’s new campus.

Cadets in the upcoming class will be taught on the second floor of Rantoul Business Center.


Time to pay the pay the piper: Real estate tax bills going out

URBANA — The Champaign County Treasurer’s Office will mail the 2015 real estate tax bills Friday, April 29.

The due dates will be June 1 for the first installment and Sept. 1 for the second installment.

Interest of 1 1/2 percent per month will be assessed on bills paid after those dates.


Area districts face paying back thousands

Fisher schools were overpaid $61,190, while the village of Rantoul received $14,000 too much in money allocated to their tax districts through the payments of personal property replacement tax from the state of Illinois.

They were among the area districts last week that got the bad word that a computer glitch had caused an overpayment.


Tax overpayment glitch a disaster for area districts

SPRINGFIELD — Unlike a lot of superintendents and mayors, Monticello schools Superintendent Vic Zimmerman regularly watches the Illinois Revenue Department’s reports on payments of the personal property replacement tax.


Fisher moves forward to alleviate flooding

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board approved contracting with Donohue & Associates for bid preparation and other engineering work to implement a public works plan that will alleviate flooding problems on the north side of town for $17,900.


Board to discuss allowing microbreweries

RANTOUL — There are no microbreweries in Rantoul. Yet. And there's no indication that anyone wants to start one soon, but village officials believe provisions should be in place.

The village Liquor Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the municipal building to explore possibly adding a "microbrewery" category to the village liquor code.


Village board expected to approve fourth TIF district

RANTOUL — The village board was expected to approve a fourth tax increment financing district and adopt the fiscal 2016-17 budget at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting.

The TIF district will be located east of Rantoul Wal-Mart and next to U.S. 136 — designed to entice development on the community’s west side.