Relatives travel long distance to see new Rantoul mayor take office
RANTOUL — Some people had to travel only a few blocks to see Rantoul's village officials sworn into office this week.
Reba, Kevin and Tyler Smith traveled from North Carolina to take in the proceedings. The mother, brother and nephew of new Rantoul mayor Chuck Smith didn't want to miss the occasion.
Smith, with his wife, Linda, at his side, took the oath of office from Village Clerk Mike Graham. Smith defeated three-term incumbent Neal Williams for the village government's top spot in April.
A full house was on hand in the meeting room at Village Hall to see the swearing in of the officials, including two new village trustees. Outgoing officials were also honored for their service.
Elected to four-year terms on the village board were newcomer Jeremy Reale and incumbents Tony Brown and Roger Jones.
Newcomer Chad Smith was elected to a two-year term on the village board to succeed the late Jim Stubblefield.
Reale, Jones and Chad Smith were on hand to be sworn in. Brown was not present.
Plaques in appreciation of their service were presented to Williams and village trustees Margurette Carter and Herm Fogal. Fogal was appointed to the board to succeed Stubblefield, but did not seek election to the post.
Graham, who ran unopposed for re-election, was sworn in by Chuck Smith.