GIBSON CITY– John Gesell says he doesn't mind opening his natural gas bills any more.
His gas bills and the bills for 187 other Gibson City residents have decreased by about $20 a year since the community took advantage of utility deregulation to switch natural gas providers.
CHAMPAIGN – Victor Mullins has looked through some education statistics and doesn't like what he sees.
In January 2004, the U.S. Department of Education published "Principal Indicators of Student Academic Histories in Postsecondary Education." The report found that 91.4 percent of Asian Americans and 79.4 percent of white students entered college after high school. Hispanic students were at 70 percent, blacks at 69.5 and Native Americans at 47.2 percent. Mullins, assistant dean of the University of Illinois MBA program, hopes a local annual event goes a long way in boosting minority numbers.
Tom Izzo might not be the new Raptors head coach, but the writing is on the wall in East Lansing, where Izzo appears increasingly willing to hear out NBA offers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – One might be forgiven for assuming that given George Will's stature, his personal office might be decorated with gilded pictures of presidents and world leaders, busts of great thinkers and a framed White House invitation or two
Floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall, the upstairs office of his tastefully furnished old brick Georgetown building is adorned with nothing but pictures of baseball stars, baseball posters, baseball clothing, baseball bats, pictures of a son playing baseball, baseball mugs. Some of it is even non-Cub baseball paraphernalia.
URBANA – Ten years ago, the general aviation industry rejoiced with the advent of legislation that reformed the product liability environment.
The legislation set an 18-year limit for manufacturer's liability on general aviation aircraft.
CHAMPAIGN – They don''t have an official coach, but Urbana''s Tigers nearly pulled off a tournament championship Saturday.
Less than a week after coach Alec Anderson resigned to take the athletic director''s job at Evanston, the Tigers reached the Class 3A title game of the Illinois 7-on-7 passing tournament, falling to Quincy 45-33.
URBANA – Farmers struggling financially in the 1980s were among the first to identify inequities in the tax structure supporting schools in Illinois.
Now there's a groundswell of support for making sweeping changes, and school officials – who face shortfalls in funding, a growing number of mandates and revenues limited by tax caps, untaxed public land and other factors – are leading the charge.
CRESCENT CITY – An Illinois State trooper trying to make a traffic stop Friday night was shot by a Florida man who later killed himself.
According to a release from Illinois State Police at Ashkum, an unidentified trooper on patrol in Iroquois County about 8:30 p.m. saw a man in an El Camino with Florida license plates run a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Illinois 49 in Crescent City.
David Palmer stays cool. He is unflappingly polite. But he would like everyone to know he''s getting tired of the question.
So here''s his answer, before you ask: Yes, he''s still planning on going to Illinois. No, nothing''s changed – at least on his end – since he committed to the Illini during the winter.
CHAMPAIGN – Dian Hunter has buried a husband, nursed a young son through cancer and done her best to raise eight children on a modest income.
A strong woman with a megawatt smile, she has dreams of running her own child-care business some day. But as a high-school dropout, she wasn't sure where to start.