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Resident asks Villa Grove to OK chickens

VILLA GROVE — Resident Terry Green has requested that the city council consider repealing or modifying the ordinance prohibiting farm animals within city limits.

Green specifically wants to raise chickens at his home. He said he has had no trouble gathering signatures for a petition in support of his proposal.

Alderman urges Paxton to offer use of shooting range

PAXTON — Long-time Alderman Bill Goben is leaving the council, but he urged the remaining aldermen to look into the possible use of the city's shooting range for public classes and access.

Goben reminded aldermen that the Illinois Legislature is under a court decree to create a conceal-carry law for Illinois by the end of June.

Gibson City OKs raffle ordinance

GIBSON CITY — Council members approved a new ordinance that provides a method for charitable organizations to meet state license requirements for raffles.

City Attorney Marc Miller of Champaign said the new ordinance "just reflects state law."

Group interested in adult facility in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — The second meeting of the council-appointed assisted living committee revealed that a second development group is interested in locating an adult community facility in Gibson City.

JFG Development operates the 32-unit Autumn Fields facility in Hoopeston.

Dudley wins Loda board presidency

LODA — Ron Dudley, a retired postal worker who heads the local Lions Club and American Legion post, will assume another leadership role in Loda after winning election Tuesday night as president of the village board.

Dudley received 66 of the 98 votes cast, breezing to a victory over John Zalaker (21) and Sandy Coffey (11).

Former trustee takes top post in Buckley

BUCKLEY — Former village Trustee Evan Scott Shockley easily defeated incumbent Jim Hull for village president Tuesday night.

"I was very happy with the results," said Shockley, who defeated Hull, 142-70. "It went exactly the way I hoped it would. I feel really good about it. I'm ready to go to work."

Four win PBL board seats

PAXTON — All three incumbents running for re-election to the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board were victorious Tuesday night, and they will be joined on the board by a newcomer with plenty of experience in the education field.

White wins three-way race in Sidney

SIDNEY — A village board member has been elected the first new village president in Sidney in eight years.

Charles "Chuck" White won a three-way race Tuesday to replace John Finn, who did not seek re-election. White works at SuperValu.

Brown wins Mahomet post

MAHOMET — Voters opted for both stability and change on Tuesday, as they returned three incumbent village trustees to their seats, but defeated the current village president in a decisive 78 percent to 22 percent vote.

Village Trustee Patrick J. Brown defeated two-term incumbent Debra Braunig, who has served as village president since 2005.

Close race for Champaign school board

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board race was close — so close that just 30 votes separated the second-place winner, who won a seat, from the fourth-place winner, who didn't.

Five candidates were running for three four-year terms on the school board.

Lynn Stuckey earned 1,739 votes, finishing second behind Scott MacAdam, who had 2,043. That's a difference of 304 votes.