Agenda for Jan. 22 Savoy village board meeting

7 p.m.

Robert C. McCleary Municipal Center, 611 N. Dunlap Ave., Savoy

Note: The full PC meeting packet is now available online at

Bob Bash, Chairman

Members: Michelle Henderson, Teresa Kelnhofer, Larry Kienzler, Bill McNamara, Bill Vavrik, Joshua Young

Carrie Busey students spend a week at art museum

Fourth-graders from Carrie Busey Elementary School recently had the opportunity to attend school at a museum for a week.
The students took part in a program called KAM-WAM (Krannert Art Museum-Week at the Museum) at the Krannert Art Museum.
During the program, kids engage with original artwork in a public space.

Read the full story in the Jan. 18 issue of The County Star.

Most popular 2017 baby names revealed

The most popular name for newborn boys in southern Champaign County is now Henry, and for girls Anna and Grace are tied for top honors.
According to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, five newborn boys went home from the hospital last year with the name Henry.

Grant allows 4-H members to take ‘international field trip’

Members of the Philo 4-H Friends and Cloverbuds got to take a field trip around the world without ever leaving town last week, thanks to a grant from Google.
Using a tablet, 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator Jamie Boas led the kids as they looked through the virtual reality viewers.

Youths taking on project to help homeless

Some local youths are taking on a project to help the homeless.
Children from area churches’ youth groups were scheduled to meet on Jan. 17 at the First Presbyterian Church of Tolono to make no-sew fleece blankets that will be distributed at the One Winter Night fundraiser for C-U at Home when community members stay overnight in a box to help raise money and awareness for the homeless.

Business planning some changes

Village President Larry Franks is promising some positive transformation on the horizon with a local business.
Franks said he met recently with Philo Country Store owner Dinesh Chawla.
“There are going to be some new and improved changes,” Franks said, without revealing exactly what those changes might include.
“It sounds really neat."

Local governments approve sexual harassment policies

As sexual harassment continues to make headlines with reports of allegations against a growing list of public figures, the Illinois General Assembly has created a new state law that requires all governmental units to establish a policy prohibiting sexual harassment has some area towns scrambling to make it by the Jan. 15 deadline.

Water building parcel declared surplus

Some final bookkeeping associated with the village’s sale of its water system were taken care of last Wednesday.
The village board adopted a resolution declaring a parcel of about .1 acres at 200 W. Lincoln St. as surplus property.

Bid for water projects OK’d

The village will spend $29,365 to help residents suffering from water quality problems.

Friends of 900 East speak out

Dan Nolan of Savoy addressed the village board Jan. 2 as spokesperson for a group of residents calling themselves “Friends of 900 East,” who are concerned with the future development of the area between Old Church Road and Monticello Road.   

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