URBANA – It's been more than six months since the city of Urbana had a chief administrative officer, but it appears the city may be moving forward on finding a replacement.
Mayor Laurel Prussing said Wednesday that she expects to submit a new job description for the administrator position to the city council within a month. She said the new position will be called deputy mayor.
HOOPESTON – Hoopeston plans to change its computer system. The city council voted unanimously to let Civic System of Wisconsin replace its outdated computer service at a cost of $50,000.
The system has been having problems, crashing and not working as well as it did, Alderman Bill Goodwine said.
SIDNEY – Village officials will be taking a stand with Champaign, Urbana, Champaign County, the University of Illinois, Savoy and St. Joseph against a proposed water rate increase by Illinois American Water.
Illinois American filed for a rate increase of almost 60 percent on Aug. 31, saying it would be used to help pay for a new $51 million water treatment plant near Bondville and other investments in the system.
URBANA – The Feb. 5 primary doesn't have many contested races at the county level, with a notable exception for Champaign County state's attorney.
Monday was the filing deadline, and Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden said there weren't many surprises.
CHAMPAIGN – The city council continues to catch heat from residents upset about the city's proposed $19 million property tax levy.
At Tuesday night's city council meeting, council members voted unanimously to establish the tax levy for property taxes payable next summer at $19 million – a 13 percent increase over the $16.7 million in property taxes the city collected this year.
TUSCOLA – Tuscola's longest-sitting county board member has decided she will not seek re-election. But the Tuscola area could soon have three representatives on the board.
Monday's 5 p.m. filing deadline passed without an appearance by incumbent Republican County Board member Kathy Rhodes. She said she decided not to run again for personal reasons.
DANVILLE – A city advisory committee finalized its recommendations Tuesday night for a new rental-registration program that includes stiffer penalties for landlords who fail to register their property or comply with city codes.
Mayor Scott Eisenhauer appointed the committee to make recommendations for a new rental-registration program, as part of a housing plan to increase rental-registration compliance and reduce blight.
DANVILLE – It's now a three-way race for the Democratic nomination for the Vermilion County state's attorney's office.
On Monday, the last day to file election petitions, lawyer Dan Brown of Danville entered the race as a Democrat, joining attorney Derek Girton of Oakwood and Iroquois County Assistant State's Attorney Bill Donahue of Danville, who both filed as Democrats.
URBANA – Historic preservation proponents won three big victories at Monday night's city council meeting.
At a session that lasted until nearly midnight, the Urbana council voted to create a local historic district covering 14 properties in the 800 block of West Main Street, despite vigorous opposition from local developer Howard Wakeland.
SPRINGFIELD – Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer has officially entered the race to replace retiring state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville.
Eisenhauer filed his 104th District nominating petitions with the State Board of Elections on Monday, the final day to register. He faces Danville Alderman Terry Baldwin in the Feb. 5 Republican primary. Baldwin also is a teacher in Urbana. No candidates filed to run in the Democrat primary, but the party could still slate someone before the general election next November.