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From 1897-2007, the Paxton Daily Record was published in Paxton, making the paper one of the longest-running daily newspapers of its size in the state of Illinois.

Today, the Paxton Weekly Record is owned by the Champaign News-Gazette and continues to publish local news, sports, and other events.

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About the Paxton Area

If you are looking to start a business or relocate your current business, the Paxton area may be the perfect place. Paxton is centrally located between six major cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Champaign, Bloomington and Springfield.

For questions about Paxton and the surrounding area, please contact the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce at 217-379-4655.

Information about Paxton


4,473 (2010 census)

Local Government

Mayor/City Council


Municipal Zoning: yes

County Zoning: yes

Tax Structure

Total Property Tax Rates for 2011

City: $0.87545
County: 1.27580
School: 5.33900
Other(s): 1.90550
Total: $9.39575/$1,000 Assessed value

Total Property Tax Rates for Two Previous Years

2010: $9.37641
2009: $9.82480

Total Sales Tax Rate: 6.25

Public Library: Paxton Carnegie Library

Emergency 911 System: yes

Fire Insurance Class
7 in City
7 Outside

Fire Department - Yes (Volunteer)

Water Supplier: Municipal
Water Source: Well
Water Waste Treatment: Tertiary

General Waste Disposal: Yes

Interstate & Highways
Paxton is located on Interstate 57 and IL Route 9.

Canadian National

Nearest Public Airport: Paxton Airport
Nearest Commercial Airport: University of Illinois: Willard Airport in Champaign
Central Illinois Regional Airport: Bloomington (40 miles)


Buckley State Bank
Busey Bank
Farmers-Merchants National Bank
Federated Bank
First National Bank

Major Employers in the community:
Plastic Designs, Inc
Colmac Industries

Nexstep (O'Cedar Brands)
Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District

Heartland Healthcare

Illinois Knights Templar HOme

Paxton IGA Foodliner
Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative
Gibson Area Health Agency

Total Labor Force: 6,803
Unemployed: 8.9%
Total Employed: 6,403


Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District:

Junior Colleges & Distances
Parkland College: 35 south
Danville Community College: One hour east

Universities & Colleges plus Distances
University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana: 30 miles south
Illinois State University, Bloomington/Normal: One hour west
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington: One hour west
Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais: One hour north

Electric: Ameren & Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative
Gas: Nicor
Water: City supplied with charge
High-Speed Internet: Conxxus & Mediacom
(Fiber Optic and Broadband services available)
Telephone: Conxxus, Mediacom & Verizon
Cable: Conxxus & Mediacom


Local Media
Paxton Record/The News-Gazette (newspaper)
WPXN: 104.9 (radio)

Health Provider Information
Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services in Gibson City: 17 miles
Health Clinics: 1
Number of Doctors: 4
Number of Dentists: 2

Nursing Homes: 3
Emergency Medical Treatment: yes

Community Facilities
Motel: 1
Capacity of Largest Banquet Room: 100
Public Golf Course: 3 (4 miles, 10 miles, 16 miles)
Public Tennis Court: 1
2 Private Lakes within 4 miles

Community swimming pools: 1

Fitness Clubs: 1

Churches: 14

*information provided by Community & Economic Development Foundation of Ford County