Illinois State Senator Tom Bennett: Unbalanced, Partisan Budget Passes

Late in the evening (just before midnight) on May 25th, the Illinois Senate passed a budget for the coming year, which was then passed by the Illinois House early Saturday morning (just after midnight). Following what has unfortunately become the norm in recent years, the final budget was filed the same evening it passed the Senate, with little time to […]

3 arrested in 2 days at Paxton inns

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity: — Samuel P. Johnson, 20, of Paxton, was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon, illegal possession of alcohol by a minor and a probation violation around 4:11 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at 800 S. High St., after Paxton police were called there to assist the Ford […]

Time to celebrate: Paxton LGBTQ Pride March set for June 11

PAXTON — Tyger McClure knew from an early age — about 7 years old, he recalled — that he was different from his peers growing up in the small town of Paxton. In high school, after rumors were started revealing he was gay, he was repeatedly bullied — and not just by his fellow students. “I had one (teacher) who […]

‘The Voice’ finalist Gina Miles: ‘I think I’ve learned to trust in my own ability’

LOS ANGELES — The nerves were real for Gina Miles last fall and winter, when she first sang in front of the panel of four celebrity coaches for Season 23 of NBC’s “The Voice.” Filmed in preparation for airing earlier this spring, the popular singing-competition reality TV series’ first four rounds of elimination — the blind auditions, battles, knockouts and […]

PBL’s Cahill earns state title at IESA Class 3A state track meet

EAST PEORIA – Jackson Cahill earned an IESA Class 3A state championship on Saturday. Cahill finished in first place in the discus with a throw of 116-0 at the 3A seventh-grade boys’ state meet. “It’s amazing. I didn’t expect to win. I don’t know if I was even ranked in the top five,” Cahill said. “I don’t know how to […]

Illinois State Senator Tom Bennett: Bennett Co-sponsors Proposal to Help Schools Prepare for Emergencies

Bipartisan Plan to Help First Responders in Crisis SituationsIn emergencies, seconds can mean the difference between life and death, especially when dealing with children. State Senator Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) is co-sponsoring a bipartisan plan to create detailed maps of schools to help police and first responders during emergencies. The maps could provide critical assistance to law enforcement and paramedics […]

Memorial Day services, parades set in area

Following is a roundup of Memorial Day services scheduled in the Ford County Chronicle’s coverage area. Services in the area that are not yet listed here have not been received. For inclusion, they should be emailed to [email protected]: LODA The Loda American Legion Post 503 is hosting a Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Pine Ridge […]

Pastor Steve Jones: “Do You Love Me More than These?”

In my previous article we looked at the importance of prioritizing our lives, a truth which has more to do with who we put first rather than, necessarily, what we put first. God’s word given in the scriptures should always be our priority. Sadly—because of the intense pressures of the situation—Peter denied Jesus three times by prioritizing what he wanted […]

Melvin man arrested after traveling to Paxton to meet child

PAXTON — Cecil F. Zeck, 36, of Melvin, was arrested by Paxton police for traveling to meet a minor, indecent solicitation of a child, exploitation of a child and solicitation to meet a minor on Saturday, May 13, after he allegedly arrived in the parking lot of Hardee’s, 451 W. Ottawa Road, around 9:32 p.m. to meet someone he believed […]

PBL, GCMS, Tri-Point boys track athletes qualify for IHSA Class 1A state meet

GIBSON CITY – A handful of local boys track and field athletes will enter new territory next week. Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School senior David King and sophomore Robert Boyd-Meents will each make their first-ever appearance in the IHSA Class 1A state meet next week after qualifying through Wednesday’s Gibson City Sectional. They will each compete in three events. Nearly two months […]

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