Politics and Government

Visitor agency banks on agritourism

CHAMPAIGN — Prairie Fruits Farm earned its reputation by producing goat's-milk cheese and gelato. Now the farm just north of Champaign-Urbana is milking agritourism for extra business.

This is the second year the farm has offered organized tours for groups of school children and adults.

Bennett a unanimous pick for GOP ballot spot

PAXTON — When Tom Bennett ran for the Republican nomination for state representative in the 106th District more than two years ago, he raised nearly $23,000 in a three-month period.

He lost that primary election but he apparently made an impression.

Towns contemplate hosting medical-marijuana facility

LEROY — There can only be one medicinal marijuana cultivation center for all of DeWitt, Livingston and McLean counties, but several local lawmakers think their community is the right fit in Illinois State Police District 6.

Both LeRoy and Farmer City are gearing up efforts to entice medicinal marijuana cultivation operations to their towns.

Tentative amount for Champaign high schools: $150 million

CHAMPAIGN — Voters in the Champaign school district will likely be asked to approve $150 million to build a new Central High School and renovate Centennial High School, about $30 million more than early estimates for the projects.

The Champaign school board Monday night discussed a tentative ballot question for the Nov. 4 election and will take a final vote Aug. 11.

Residents oppose extending street to Savoy Walmart

SAVOY — Several village residents approached the board of trustees to express their opposition to opening up access from the Walmart property to Ellen Avenue.

Gifford OKs bus purchase, plans for bus barn

GIFFORD — The school district continues to pay for items damaged or destroyed in last November's tornado.

At its meeting last week, the school board approved the purchase of a school bus. Soon, it is expected to approve a bid to build a new bus barn — replacing the one flattened by the Nov. 17 twister.

GOP chairs pick Bennett for House run

PAXTON — Tom Bennett of Gibson City, the Ford County Republican county chairman and chairman of the Parkland College Board of Trustees, will be the Republican candidate for the Illinois House in the 106th District.

Top of the Morning, July 28, 2014: From the archives

Amy Felty knows what Jim Creighton is going through. Although decades separate their direct contact with city hall, the reasons are identical.

If the results eventually are identical too, then Creighton may be able to relax when a heavy rain comes along.

GOP to interview candidates for Harms' spot on ballot

PAXTON — Five Republicans seeking to replace state Rep. Josh Harms on the November election ballot will be interviewed today in Paxton, but the man chairing the committee that will choose Harms' replacement is not sure if a selection will be made today.

Quinn: Aquifer action on way

Governor was at UI campus for bill signing

URBANA — Further action to protect the Mahomet Aquifer — the source of drinking water for about 750,000 central Illinoisans — is imminent, Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday at a bill-signing on the University of Illinois campus.

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