Politics and Government

Danville public safety director set to hang up hat after 49 years with city

by Tracy Crane
via The News-Gazette

After more than a decade leading both the police and fire departments in Danville, Public Safety Director Larry Thomason has decided to retire next month.


Marathon Speedway station to be a welcome addition to Oakwood I-74 exit

via The News-Gazette

On the heels of celebrating a $15 million investment in the newly-opened Love’s Travel Stop along Interstate 74 in Oakwood, local officials are eagerly anticipating yet another development this year in that area.


Scott Bennett visits Mary Miller Junior High to recognize students and staff

Senator Scott Bennett visited Mary Miller Junior High in Georgetown to  recognize students, staff, and the district.


Farm Bureau to host property tax info meeting

Vermilion County Farm Bureau is hosting an “Understanding Property Taxes and Assessments” information meeting.

The program will be February 7, beginning at 7 pm in the Farm Bureau Auditorium, located at 1905-C U.S. Route 150 west of Danville.


Congressman John Shimkus collecting Valentines for heroes

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is once again asking constituents to participate in his annual “Valentines for Heroes” program.

The congressman’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those currently serving in the military.


A message from State Senator, Scott Bennett

“Last month, the Georgetown community came together to honor World War II veteran and former prisoner of war Charlie Dukes at the Georgetown American Legion Dornblaser Post 203. 


Decades later, community still scarred by GM Foundry’s closing

via The News-Gazette

Nearly a quarter-century later, the only sign that a bustling, 16-acre General Motors foundry was once here is a patch of old concrete.


Aqua Illinois planning to replace gates on 1925 Lake Vermilion dam

via The News-Gazette

Nearly a century after the dam on Lake Vermilion was built to supply more drinking water to the Danville area, Aqua Illinois plans to replace its original gates, which still control water flow.


Salt Fork student attends Youth Advisory Council

Dozens of high school students from across the 51st Senate District participated in a unique, hands-on experience in public policy, state government, and leadership and heard from local leaders on issues as part of State Sen. Chapin Rose’s Youth Advisory Council.


Bennett honors World War II veteran and prisoner of war, Charlie Dukes

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) partnered with the Georgetown American Legion to honor World War II veteran Charlie Dukes this week as a part of Illinois’ bicentennial celebration.


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