Appellate Court comes to DACC

DANVILLE — While Danville Area Community College students think that Chuck Hantz is a top-notch political science instructor, they said his lecture on the judicial system earlier this week couldn't compete with the follow-up lesson.

That lesson came courtesy of the Fourth District Appellate Court, which held oral arguments on two cases at the community college on Wednesday morning.

Teacher named assistant principal at Danville

DANVILLE — A Danville High School teacher is heading to the assistant principal's office.

The Danville school board on Wednesday tapped Jacob Bretz to serve as an assistant principal and the ACE House administrator next year.

Paxton group has plans for restoring former sheriff residence and jail

PAXTON — Sitting vacant and deteriorating for years, the historic former Ford County sheriff's residence and jail on the courthouse square is expected to be restored and put to use, now that it has a new owner.

Oakwood considering water system update

OAKWOOD —Trustees say they have several options for updating the village's water system.

The village board held a special informational meeting last month, to learn about options and reported this week that there are several options.

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."