Politics and Government

Solar array proposed at EIEC's headquarters in Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton City Council members heard Tuesday night about a proposed renewable-energy project at Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative’s headquarters that would involve the construction of a solar array capable of producing about 300,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity.


City donates $6,000 toward Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest & Festival

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday night to donate $6,000 toward the eighth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival, an event that is expected to again feature a concert headlined by a nationally known musical act.


$32 surcharge to be added to Elliott residents' water bills

ELLIOTT — Elliott Village Board members unanimously approved adding a $32 surcharge to residents’ bimonthly water bills Tuesday night to help finance the repayment of a $205,000 bond that was obtained to cover costs of repainting the town’s water tower.


Ford County Board votes to not recommend hog facility be built

PAXTON — Though it is not legally binding and could be viewed merely as symbolic, the Ford County Board voted Monday night to not recommend to the Illinois Department of Agriculture that a proposed hog-finishing facility be built about a half-mile west of Sibley

Several trustees of the town of 272 in western Ford County addressed the county board, asking for the action.


Gibson City planning commission approves three action items

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s planning commission approved three action items during their meeting Monday night in the dining room of the Villas of Holly Brook.

Chairman Mary Timm first recognized visitor Steve Kelly, general manager of the One Earth Energy ethanol plant located at the north end of the Jordan Industrial Park on the city’s west side.


Gibson City ethanol plant's annexation, rezoning requests approved

GIBSON CITY — In a short meeting Monday night, Gibson City Council members unanimously approved two ordinances related to One Earth Energy’s request to annex approximately 103 acres into city limits and to rezone that land.


Board members to tour school addition in Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members and administrators will take a tour Wednesday evening of the 63,400-square-foot school building being built on Clara Peterson Elementary School’s east side.


Roberts Village Board president submits resignation letter with 'heavy but grateful heart'

ROBERTS — With a “heavy but grateful heart,” Rick Flessner said he has submitted his resignation as president of the Roberts Village Board.

The resignation is effective following the board’s April 2020 meeting. That will leave the remaining one year of Flessner’s current four-year term to be filled by appointment.


Paxton aldermen to discuss fees, permitting for solar-energy projects

PAXTON — Among items listed on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Paxton City Council is a discussion about an ordinance regarding fees and permitting for solar-energy projects within city limits.

Also on the agenda for the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 145 S. Market St.:


New wind-farm rules could reduce scope of Apex's project, but may not kill it

GIBSON CITY — The more-restrictive setbacks and other new regulations for wind farms currently under consideration by the Ford County Board could make it “extremely difficult, if not impossible,” for Apex Clean Energy to build its proposed 250-megawatt Ford Ridge Wind Farm in the Gibson City and Sibley areas, a company representative said Thursday.


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