GIFFORD — Seventeen days after their water treatment plant was heavily damaged by a tornado, Gifford residents learned that they no longer have to boil their water.
The village's public works director, Jess Childress, drove a sample of the village's water to the Illinois EPA laboratory in Springfield on Tuesday.
PAXTON — Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton on Thursday became the third attorney to announce candidacy for the to-be-vacated circuit judge's post in Ford County.
Announcing their candidacy earlier this week were attorneys Ross Sorensen of rural Loda and Ellen Lee of Paxton, the wife of former Ford County state's attorney Tony Lee.
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TOLONO — Village officials have decided to move forward with the Tolono Fire Protection District's request for funds from Tolono's tax-increment-financing revenue.
The fire department has asked for $250,000 upfront and $125,000 per year to build a new fire station on Tolono's east side.
School board confirms request for tax increase will wait till fall, defines its search criteria
CHAMPAIGN — After years of debate, the site selection for a new Central High School will take place Monday night.
The much-anticipated announcement will not.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District Board on Wednesday unanimously approved a levy ordinance asking for up to a 4.9 percent increase in property-tax funds next spring.
"That is the maximum amount," said MTD Managing Director Bill Volk. "But it's doubtful we'll be at 4.9 percent. Generally it's significantly under that. But that is the maximum we'd be able to levy."
MONTICELLO — The Piatt County Board will get at least two new members in late 2014, including a new chairman.
Candidates had until 5 p.m. Monday to file nomination petitions for the March 18, 2014 primary ballot. Incumbents John Lyons and Dick Wilkin both opted not to run for re-election. Their terms expire in December of next year.
CHAMPAIGN — How much better is the newly improved federal website to sign up for Obamacare health insurance working? It depends on whom you ask.
Julie Pryde, administrator of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, said the specially trained "navigators" stationed there to assist people with enrollment tell her the system is now working great.
Some details on the new pension bill remain to be worked out, and its future hinges on a likely court challenge.
In the meantime, we turned to some University of Illinois experts to try to explain the impact on university employees:
Whom does it affect?