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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
Candidates for village office and Rantoul City Schools board in the April 9 election will be invited to appear at a candidate forum next month
The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the cafetorium at Rantoul Township High School. It will be sponsored by Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce, Rantoul Exchange Club and Rantoul Press.
The public is invited to attend and to submit questions ahead of time.
For the village of Rantoul, incumbent Mayor Neal Williams is being challenged by Chuck Smith.
Four candidates have filed for three four-year terms on the village board. They are newcomers Sam Hall and Jeremy Reale and incumbents Roger Jones and Tony Brown.
Two people have filed to complete the two-year village board unexpired term of the late Jim Stubblefield — Chad Smith and Kevin Hunt.
For Rantoul City Schools board, five people are running for four seats — incumbents Sandra Uhlott, Kevin Modglin, Kevin McCallister and Mark Keyes and newcomer May Martin. All terms are for four years.
There are no contested seats for Rantoul Township High School board.
The public may submit questions for the forum by sending them to the Rantoul Chamber of Commerce via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal delivery to the chamber at 608 S. Century Blvd., Suite 1408, Rantoul, IL 61866.
A panel will screen the questions.
Scott Amerio, RTHS superintendent, will moderate the questions. Responses will be timed.
“Purpose of the forum is to let the candidates talk on the issues so they can make an informed decision when it comes time to vote,” Amanda Briggs, chamber director, said.