Politics and Government

Lake Park residents oppose MTD annexation

A group of Lake Park residents spoke out against a proposed Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District annexation of the subdivision during a public hearing Thursday at the Savoy Recreation Center.
Residents of the unincorporated subdivision between Champaign and Savoy along South First Street objected to paying for a service they said they won’t be using.


Members choose option for water line repairs

The village will spend $6,690 to fix a problem caused by a frozen water line on Main Street.


Trustees revisit budget for 2014-2015

The village board revisited the annual budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year at its most recent meeting. Village officials hope to reduce expenditures by about $600,000 to avoid a deficit budget and to give the village the $500,000 buffer they usually allow.
Much of the conversation at the meeting was centered around spending at two of the village’s parks.


Voters reject tax increase for roads

Voters in this southern Champaign County township have rejected a proposed 10-cent tax rate increase to help with road repair.
A total of 730 residents cast ballots, with unofficial results indicating 445 no votes and 285 yes votes.
Tolono Township encompasses Tolono, south Savoy and northeast Sadorus. The township maintains 48 miles of road.


Hale Park baseball diamond to be upgraded

An anonymous donor is putting up the money to upgrade the Hale Park baseball diamond.
Rick Gallivan of Gallivan’s Drafting and Design in Philo Wednesday presented plans for an athletic park grandstand to the village board. The grandstand has been modeled after one in Canton, Ill.

Read the full story in the Sept. 19 issue of The County Star.


Fire, library districts requesting TIF funding

The village board is considering two requests for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funding from two public entities, the Tolono Fire Protection District and the Tolono Library District.


Panel endorses design for new outlet store

The planning commission recommended approval from the village board for the building design and site layout of the new Flooring Surfaces store, with the caveat that the owners “be sensitive” to the noise of the rooftop HVAC units with the nearby residential area.


USDA Rural Development offers 1 percent interest rate home repair loans

Help is available for homeowners who have suffered damages due to the recent flooding that have limited resources with which to make repairs. USDA Rural Development can make one-percent home repair loans to eligible homeowners with modest incomes.


Candidates for local offices can start circulating petitions Sept. 25

On April 9, 2013, voters in local towns will elect village presidents and some village board members.
Some villages nominate candidates through party caucuses, which will be held this year on Dec. 3. For those who are not elected at the caucus and wish to run for a position, a petition is required.


Frerichs holds food, fund drive to benefit local foodbank

In conjunction with Hunger Action Month, State Sen. Mike Frerichs is hosting a food and fund drive to benefit Eastern Illinois Foodbank through Sept. 28. 
“This fall, I wanted to find a way for the community to come together to help those who need a little extra help this week,” Frerichs said.


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