SPRINGFIELD — The federal government has approved Illinois’ request for disaster relief in 27 of 32 counties affected by flooding this year, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office announced Thursday.
The Corn Belt Shrine Club, based in Gibson City, will be serving ribeye steak sandwiches with chips and a drink for $9 each from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Jay’s Place at 115 N. Sangamon Ave. in downtown Gibson City. Also, each evening the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School Booster Cl…
MARYVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, is accepting applications from high school seniors and college students interested in attending one of the U.S. military academies.
WATSEKA — The Watseka Masonic Lodge and the Iroquois County Juvenile Justice Council are co-sponsoring an interactive forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Watseka Park District office for parents to learn how to communicate with their teenaged children about the dangers of substance us…
SPRINGFIELD — Some of the lead negotiators of the law to legalize adult-use marijuana in Illinois are seeking to provide clarity on a provision that gives local municipalities control over which facilities, if any, would be authorized to allow cannabis consumption.
GIBSON CITY — Kids in the Kitchen will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City. The program will initially be open only to children who have not participated in it in the past, but it will be open to past participants if there are any spots remaining.
PAXTON — For the second consecutive year and the ninth time in the last 10 years, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district has experienced a decline in its sixth-day enrollment numbers.
URBANA — A former Ludlow village trustee who was jailed for a weapons offense has been charged with attacking a Champaign County sheriff’s correctional officer.
PAXTON — During the 2018-19 school year, more than 25 percent of the 109 teachers employed by the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district received a base salary of at least $50,000, according to a report reviewed by the school board Wednesday night.
PAXTON — A judge is expected to decide next month whether to order a bed-and-breakfast west of Paxton to comply with penalties imposed for discriminating against a same-sex couple in 2011.
GIBSON CITY — Members of the Gibson City Pool Board do not have final numbers yet, but swimming pool manager Randy Ferguson said at the board’s Sept. 18 meeting that it appears the pool will end its season with a positive balance.
ASHKUM — For the sixth consecutive year, District 21 Illinois State Police are partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Rail Safety Week, which is taking place Sept. 22-28.
PAXTON — As the national anthem is performed prior to Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 27, a gigantic American flag will be carried onto Zimmerman Field, giving spectators a preview of the huge patriotic symbol they can expect to see flown atop a 15…
WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Historical Society is getting all the vendors, menus, entertainment and special activities lined up for its 40th annual Harvest Daze.
PAXTON — Following Nashville recording artist Colt Ford’s show last weekend in Gibson City, another country music star is making his way to Ford County this weekend.
GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district community is mourning the loss of a GCMS High School graduate who was reportedly murdered last week in Tennessee, along with her 4-month-old child.
LODA — A representative of the Loda Fire Protection District told village trustees last week that he did not appreciate the board deciding last month to install a 4-inch water meter at the local firehouse without first consulting the fire department.
ELLIOTT — The village of Elliott’s audit report earned a “clean opinion,” but there were several accounting procedures that need attention, according to Katie Bermingham of the Clifton Larsen & Allen accounting firm of Champaign.
PAXTON — A 28-year-old Paxton man was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for violating a court order prohibiting him from contacting his former girlfriend, whom he had choked during a domestic incident a year earlier.
PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will hold a public hearing on the school district’s proposed budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, immediately prior to the board’s regular monthly meeting.
PAXTON — Weather permitting, workers for the city of Paxton will be flushing hydrants from Monday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Sept. 27, starting on the west side of town.
PAXTON — Following the terrorist attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001, there was a moment that stuck out in the mind of Ed Enright — a moment that proved to him and his Chicago Fire Department colleagues that the camaraderie, trust and love they had for each other and firefighters nationwide…
GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s planning commission will consider the rezoning of a parcel of land at 119 W. 7th St. during a meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the dining room of the Villas of Holly Brook, 1400 N. Melvin St.
ROBERTS — The village of Roberts in central Ford County has been added to the growing list of towns that have approved imposing a 3 percent municipal sales tax on the purchase of recreational marijuana within their communities.
PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department will offer 14 walk-in flu vaccination clinics this fall, in addition to scheduled office appointments.
LODA — The Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loda will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a special 10:30 a.m. worship service officiated by the Rev. Earl Kinnee on Sunday, Oct. 13.
GIBSON CITY — Dress-up days, games, a parade and a dance are among the activities that Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School students will take part in during homecoming week.
PAXTON — A 37-year-old serving a 60-year prison term for a murder he committed in Ford County when he was 16 is challenging the constitutionality of his sentence and asking it to be reduced to 40 years.
PAXTON — Neal McKenry, the Paxton Park District’s recreation director, revealed estimated costs for repairs to the public swimming pool at Coady Park during Tuesday’s meeting of the district’s board of commissioners.
PAXTON — The city is inviting business owners, residents and anyone else interested to attend a public open house regarding the first phase of downtown Paxton’s streetscape improvement project.
PAXTON — While drivers have been making so-called “J-turns” in downtown Paxton for decades, the practice happens to be illegal, plus unsafe, a city council member warned Tuesday.
PAXTON — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has released the city of Paxton from its obligation to continue monitoring its long-closed landfill, paving the way for the city to finally sell the property.
PAXTON — A rural Rankin man planning to open a cannabis business in the area said he feels people need to be better educated about the marijuana industry before it becomes a legal reality in Illinois on Jan. 1.
PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department will take over the Iroquois County Public Health Department’s Adult Protective Services caseload under a new contract with the state.
GIBSON CITY — City council members approved plans Monday night for one land purchase but failed to support another property acquisition.
GIBSON CITY — From its 20-foot bar made out of reclaimed fence panels to the high school football jersey hanging on one of its walls, the bar opening this weekend in downtown Gibson City is a tribute to the life of Jay Caviness.
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Gaming Board announced Friday that it had adopted new rules it said will strengthen existing ethical safeguards and require more people to file ethical disclosure reports as part of the casino license selection process.
PAXTON — After a longer-than-usual wait, Ford County’s taxing bodies finally have received their first checks from the treasurer’s office for property taxes collected for 2018.
BUCKLEY — The Buckley Village Board approved a change order last week to the village’s contract with the company hired to complete the restoration of the 50,000-gallon elevated tank on the town’s water tower.
PAXTON — Two public hearings will be held in early October for Paxton residents to weigh in on a proposed ordinance that would regulate the installation of solar-energy systems on rooftops and in yards.