'They’re a pretty good tool with helping to identify people leaving the scene of some of these crimes,' Police Chief Mike Metzler said. 'Rantoul was the local department that showed the way on how effective they are.'

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The goal is to enlarge the library, built in 2010, to 24,000 square feet, the size originally recommended by a consultant for a town of Mahomet’s size but voted down by referendum. The public later approved a subsequent referendum for a smaller library.