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Village of Rankin notified of violations by IEPA

According to the Paxton Record, The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has notified the village of Rankin that its sanitary sewer plant is in violation of environmental laws and regulations.

In a letter dated Jan. 21 and addressed to Village Board President Aaron Warren, the IEPA said that an investigation by the IEPA found that the “discharge monitoring reports” for the sewer plant revealed effluent violations that were evident for several months in 2014.

Also, various documentation had never been submitted to the IEPA as required.

The IEPA requested a written response within 45 days.

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Vermilion County fills post after firing previous finance director

According to the News-Gazette, Vermilion County has hired an interim finance director to replace Nikki Bogart, who has filed a grievance with the county, claiming she was illegally fired from the position for political reasons.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron told The News-Gazette in an interview Tuesday that Bill Bucher, a Danville businessman, has been hired as finance director on an interim basis and started Monday. He said Bucher is being paid as an hourly employee.

“The future of the position is a little uncertain. We needed someone in there in the meantime to get things back up and running,” said Marron, who explained that the county will post the position and go through the standard hiring process in finding a permanent replacement.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Rauner eliminates ‘fair share’ union dues for state workers

According to the News-Gazette,

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Fired financial official files formal grievance

According to the News-Gazette, Vermilion County’s top finance official has filed a grievance with the county alleging that her firing last month was politically motivated and asking that she be reinstated.

After more than seven years as the county’s financial resources director, Nikki Bogart was terminated Jan. 30 by Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron, her attorney, Matt Duco, said Monday.

Marron, a Republican county board member from Pilot Township, was elected chairman on Dec. 1 by the 27-member board, succeeding Gary Weinard, a Republican and longtime board member.

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2 charged with armed robbery in Paxton incident

According to the News-Gazette,  Two men were charged Monday with attempted armed robbery for allegedly forcing their way into a Paxton man’s apartment with the intent of robbing him of cash and a video game console.

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said Matthew M. Williams, 18, of rural Paxton, and Tyler R. Davis, 23, of rural Penfield, allegedly forced their way into 122 1/2 S. Market St., Apt. C, on Thursday night looking to rob one of the apartment’s tenants, Austin R. Jennings.

The 21-year-old Jennings, however, wasn’t there. Instead, he was at the Ford County Jail.

Jennings was arrested at 3:10 p.m. earlier that day after Paxton police found hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia and ammunition in his apartment while assisting the Ford County Probation Office with a checkup on Jennings, Bane said.

About five hours later, Paxton police responded to a 911 call from Jennings’ girlfriend, who said two men — later identified as Davis and Williams — had forced their way into the Market Street apartment. She said the men were looking for Jennings, and when they found out he wasn’t there, they threatened her with a baseball bat as they demanded cash and/or a video game console, Bane said.

The robbers left when the woman called 911, Bane said. Nothing was stolen from the apartment, and the woman was not injured, Bane added.

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Nominations sought for First Citizen

The Danville Chapter of AMBUCS is accepting nominations for its 82nd annual First Citizen Award. The award is given to a Danville Area man or woman who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the community through a single or multiple projects, personally or professionally.
Mail nominations by March 20 to AMBUCS First Citizen, c/o Natalya Bourn, PO Box 1095, Danville, IL 61834 or e-mail to

Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, February 9, 2015

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DACC to host NJCAA Division II men’s national basketball tournament for the 22nd year

According to Just the Facts, for the 22nd year, Danville Area Community College and the city of Danville will again host the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s National Basketball Tournament at the DACC campus on March 17-21, 2015.

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Hoopeston Area CUSD #11 Brick Project Fundraiser Raffle

The Brick Project Fundraiser is selling tickets $1 each or 6 for $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the District Office located behind the High School or at home HS boys’ basketball games.  Please call 217.283.6668 with any questions.

Drawing will be held on Friday, February 20th at the Boys’ Basketball game during halftime of the varsity game.  (need not to be present to win)
All proceeds go towards the District Brick Project initiative.

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