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PAXTON — Paxton’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district — spanning from west of the Interstate 57 interchange to the city’s downtown — has been financially underperforming in its six-plus years in existence, despite coming close to meeting expectations in terms of development, the city’s TI…

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PAXTON — Kamalen Johnson Anderson gets anxious whenever she sees people walking along the right-hand side of a street, with their backs turned to the traffic heading toward them from behind.

PAXTON — A proposed ordinance that would regulate the installation of solar-energy systems on rooftops and in yards in Paxton will be considered by the city’s planning commission prior to the city council taking a vote on the proposal as early as September.

URBANA — Over the objections of domestic terrorism suspect Michael B. Hari’s public defenders, a federal judge has granted prosecutors’ request to postpone the 48-year-old Clarence man’s trial in Urbana until Sept. 17.

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PAXTON — Paxton native Kendall Cox has decided to pursue his dream of owning and operating a funeral home and is making it a reality in his hometown along with his girlfriend and business partner, K’Lee McGary, who is a Watseka native and also a licensed funeral director.

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URBANA — With the sentencing phase of Brendt Christensen’s murder trial in Peoria expected to run into next week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is concerned that the lead prosecutor assigned to that case may not be available as lead counsel in domestic terrorism suspect Michael B. Hari’s schedu…

CHEBANSE — A Tennessee woman died and two Naperville residents were injured when the single-engine airplane they were riding in crashed Friday in a field in northern Iroquois County.

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PAXTON — A Missouri woman who was injured when her horse tripped on a dirt-covered concrete structure as she was participating in a barrel racing event during the Ford County Fair’s C-Bar Rodeo in 2017 is suing the fair and the rodeo company for more than $100,000.

ELLIOTT — The heat inside Village Hall due to a non-working air-conditioning unit did not deter 13 residents from attending Tuesday night’s meeting of the Elliott Village Board, and the heat nearly matched the heated words of one resident objecting to his water bill.

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PAXTON — Jasen Hawn began learning shudokan, a sub-style of karate, when he was 13 years old, eventually obtaining first-degree black belt status at age 21.

PAXTON — In preparation for tearing down PBL Eastlawn School, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district will be auctioning off practically everything inside the 94-year-old school building on Saturday.

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PAXTON — The Illinois Attorney General’s Office claims a bed-and-breakfast near Paxton is merely trying to “continue to delay the administration of justice” by filing a “meritless,” “legally unsound” and “vague” motion in court seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the B&B o…

SPRINGFIELD — While marijuana consumption and possession will become legal for Illinois residents over 21 years of age starting Jan. 1, 2020, consumption in public places will still be prohibited and local governments will maintain control as to whether the industry can conduct business with…

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SPRINGFIELD — Recreational marijuana use and possession will be legal in Illinois beginning Jan. 1, 2020, after Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a legalization bill into law Tuesday in Chicago.

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MELVIN -- Before becoming a contestant in Monday's Ford County Fair Queen Pageant, Evie Ellis was already a frequent visitor of the county fair.

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PAXTON — It remains unclear whether the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district will need to obtain any permits from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency before moving forward with the demolition of the historic PBL Eastlawn School building.

MELVIN — Seven young ladies will be vying for the title of Miss Ford County 2019 during the annual fair queen pageant at 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, in the dance building on the fairgrounds in Melvin.