Four newcomers to join Arcola school board

ARCOLA – The Arcola school board will have four new faces starting in May, after an election that pitted 11 community members in a race for those seats.

Three current members did not seek re-election, and incumbent Steve Holaday placed fifth in balloting on Tuesday.

Retired teacher top vote-getter in Danville school board race

DANVILLE – There's a new but familiar face on the Danville school board.

Retired English teacher Bill Dobbles led the six-way race for the three open seats in Tuesday's consolidated election.

Stubblefield wins in Rantoul; another close defeat for Lewis

RANTOUL – For Jim Stubblefield, Tuesday was the start of what he hopes will be a long political career.

For former village board member Helen Lewis, Tuesday was the end of the line.

Oakwood OKs sale of alcohol

OAKWOOD – Joe and Dawn Taylor don't have time to catch up on the sleep they've lost in the last six months worrying about the fate of their vineyard and winery.

"We're going to be a little busy," Dawn Taylor said.

Southwest Champaign approves tax to fight MTD

CHAMPAIGN – Southwest Champaign residents voted to support a tax to take the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District to court.

By a 70 percent vote, 554 to 243, voters in the Champaign Southwest Mass Transit District agreed to a tax for the newborn district of 2.6 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation.

Hitt returns to St. Joseph Village Board

ST. JOSEPH – There's a new face on the St. Joseph Village Board of Trustees – sort of.

Voters decided Tuesday night that Terry Hitt should serve on the board with incumbents Tami Fruhling-Voges and Forrest Chism, who both won re-election bids.

Kueutemeyer, Weisenborn win Monticello City Council spots

MONTICELLO – Vince Kuetemeyer won a seat and Jack Weisenborn retained his in the only contested races for Monticello City Council.

"I want to believe I won because I stepped on the porches of 95 percent of the houses in the ward and either talked or gave out my card," said Kuetemeyer, who defeated Maureen Holtz 310 to153.

Mahomet rejects tax hike for new library

MAHOMET – Leaders of the Mahomet Public Library said they will likely go back to the voters again in 2008 after residents rejected a proposal to raise taxes to pay for a new library building by 164 votes.

District residents voted 1,548 to 1,384 against a ballot question for a library tax hike.

Novak leads four newcomers onto Champaign school board

CHAMPAIGN – Greg Novak planned to spend today, his first day as a newly elected Champaign school board member, visiting schools.

"My job is to ask questions, visit schools, listen to people," he said.

Monticello aquatic center bond proposal fails

MONTICELLO – A $4 million bond proposal to build an indoor-outdoor aquatic center failed 1,100 to 612, ending one chapter of the city council's attempts to replace the leaking Burke Park Pool – but leaving the matter unresolved.

"Right now I would have to support repairing the old pool," said Alderman Jack Weisenborn, citing a survey he distributed to voters in his ward.