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Housing Development Planned in Rossville; lots selling for $1

Rossville Mayor Richard Queen says it's a "great deal." Homeowner lots are selling for $1 each in his community. The hope is to generate a tax base.

Chicago-area developer Will Nelson says when he saw an ad offering one-dollar lots it intrigued him, ''and honestly I doubted it could be real, but it certainly is,'' he added. The Village of Rossville bought the land located on both the north and south sides of the community in hopes of finding a developer.

Mayor Queen says "we've found the developer and we're we want to move on this." He says "'because these lots will come back on the tax rolls and the village and the county will benefit,' it's quite deal," the Mayor said.

Nelson has plans for The Carriage Homes of Rossville. Buyers will choose from five different sets of ranch-style, maintenance free, single family attached homes. They range in size from 1,200 to 2,000 square feet.

''These will not be cookie cutter homes; we are building quality homes with high-end amenities,'' says Nelson. He adds ''buyers are buying a lifestyle as much as they are a new home.''

The homes will be built on lots served by the Rossville Village water, sewer and natural gas service. There are no age restrictions for the development. The average price of the homes is expected to be around $150-thousand dollars.

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Federal Government Re-opens

Washington, D.C. lawmakers found compromise late Wednesday approving a bipartisan deal to reopen the federal government and avert an unprecedented debt default. It ended a 16-day impasse. President Obama said he will sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk.

The Senate voted 81-18; The House voted 285-144. Only Republicans opposed the deal in each chamber.

Both chambers then adjourned for the rest of the week. House Republican leaders accepted the Senate deal to end the partial shutdown and avert a Thursday deadline to raise the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling, which would have been a risk to the nation's economic standing.

Republicans were committed to keeping up their fight to rein in the Affordable Care Act but would use "smart, targeted strikes" and aggressive oversight in the future.

"Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president's health care
law will continue," said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Republicans remain opposed to new taxes, he added.

Republicans initially had demanded delaying or defunding the health care law before they would agree to raise the debt ceiling or fund the government, but those demands faded over several weeks.

The final deal does not include any significant revisions of the Affordable Care Act.

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Ford County Board moves to withdraw from Ford-Iroquois Health Department

The Ford County Board voted this week to gain state approval to withdraw Ford County from the arrangement for the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.

The board's hired-attorney is asking the state public health department to allow Ford County to separate from the two-county arrangement.

A letter to State public health director Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck is asking the board to take action to withdraw from the agency in either November or December. The health department would then be split up effective June 30, 2014.

The Ford County Board has already prepared a resolution to withdraw. The Ford County Board has not publicly discussed as a full board the reasons for needing to split up the health department, but Chairman Rick Bowen said Tuesday that conversations between board members have occurred.

The Iroquois County Board has also indicated it too, favors dissolving the dual-county health department.

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Federal lawsuit dismissed against Ford County jail

URBANA — A federal judge has ruled in favor of the defendants in an eight-count lawsuit that sought damages for the sexual abuse of a female inmate at the Ford County jail.

U.S. District Judge Harold A. Baker on Oct. 9 dismissed five of the eight counts and granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants in the other three counts.

Joliet attorney Gregory Leiter filed the lawsuit in 2010 in U.S. District Court in Urbana on behalf of Krystal Brown, a 20-year-old former Rantoul resident who was being housed at the jail in Paxton while awaiting sentencing on aggravated bank robbery charges.

The lawsuit sought more than $300,000 in damages against Ford County, the sheriff's department, Sheriff Mark Doran and four of his employees. {Paxton Record}

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CHICAGO—October 15, 2013—"With the U.S. debt ceiling deadline nearing, I, along with my state treasurer investment team, will continue to monitor the situation in Washington and the impact it could have on our state finances," said Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

The Illinois State Treasurer's Office utilizes U.S. Treasury securities as an important investment tool for the state's portfolio, specifically to match up cash with anticipated payments. The state of Illinois currently holds $1.2 billion in U.S. Treasury bills, set to mature between October 17 and November 15, 2013. "I have ensured that the Illinois State Treasury is positioned for a possible short-term technical default on U.S. Treasury bills," explained Treasurer Rutherford. "This planning will allow the state to meet its liquidity needs, such payments on general obligation bonds and interest on a short-term basis."