Posts Tagged ‘Ernie Henshaw’

Opponents of ballot initiative announce formation of committee

Update Feb. 21:  After first publishing this article with the headline “Proponents for fracking announce formation of committee,” the Gazette was contacted for a correction as the committee emphasized they are neit...


Residents, Commissioners committed to protecting Johnson County

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting Monday after severe weather the previous week shut down much of the region closing businesses, schools and scheduled events. The postponement of the regularly sch...


Opposition to fracking in region remains resilient

The Johnson County commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday in which members of the grass-roots organization SAFE, Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment, spoke before the board in hopes of pa...


Commissioners approve ballot initiative for electrical aggregation

The Johnson County commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday in which they passed an ordinance by a vote of 2-to-1 to place on the March ballot a question regarding electrical aggregation. Electrical aggregatio...



Commissioners approve moratorium on fracking

After many months of debate and a collection of concerns voiced at a recent town hall held in Goreville, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 on Monday in support of a one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing....


County Commissioners: more time needed to debate fracking

The Johnson County commissioners said more time was needed to debate their position on a proposal to sign a letter of support in asking the state of Illinois to place a two-year moratorium on the process of hydraulic fracturing...


Johnson County to hold public forum on fracking

The Johnson County commissioners agreed Monday to host a public forum in an attempt to hear from both sides of the argument over the debate on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. No date has been set, but the commissi...


Commissioners rescind ROE consolidation ordinance

Johnson County board of commissioners voted two-to-one Monday night to rescind a previously enacted ordinance that supported the recommendations of a five-person citizens committee calling for the consolidation of regional offi...



Mears to serve as new chairman of county commissioners

The Johnson County commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday afternoon, which was designated as an organizational meeting in which appointments to various boards were made as well as the election of a new chair...


O’Neal, Cain to take office Dec. 1

With 100-percent of Johnson County precincts reporting before 9 p.m. Tuesday night, local general election unofficial results unseated States Attorney Tricia Shelton and pushed through Ryan O’Neal as Circuit Clerk. Turnout fo...