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County board lifts hiring freeze

URBANA -- Champaign County Board members voted to lift the county's three-year hiring freeze and to shift the county's fiscal year so that it begins on Jan. 1 instead of Dec. 1.

The hiring freeze was enacted in December 2010 when the county was attempting to cut expenditures because of plunging tax revenues.

Illinois House adopts pension-increase limits

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Tolono rezoning may come back to board

TOLONO — A proposed rezoning of three lots in the 500 block of North Calhoun Street was denied Tuesday, but that may not be the end of the story.

After a lengthy discussion on the subject, Trustee Mike Golish asked that the vote be tabled until the village board's next meeting, on April 2.

"I'm on the fence," Golish said. "I want to do some research."

Legislators question Easter over meeting costs, raises, tuition

SPRINGFIELD — There was no legislative honeymoon for University of Illinois President Robert Easter during his appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Cerro Gordo school board cuts positions

CERRO GORDO — Teachers, parents, and former students attended a public hearing Wednesday night, giving Cerro Gordo school board members a chance to get community input before making decisions on possible spending cuts.

Westville hires principal

WESTVILLE — School board members appointed Pam Dalenberg to serve as principal of Judith Giacoma Elementary School through at least the end of the 2013-14 school year on Wednesday.

Township supervisor candidates differ

CHAMPAIGN — Two candidates for township supervisor for the City of Champaign Township offer differing views on how the office should operate.

Republican Pamela Borowski said she is proud of how her office has cut spending.

"When I took office four years ago, we were almost broke, and today we are not," she said. "We've been pretty frugal with a lot of our spending."

Prussing, Bradfield compete for mayor's job

URBANA — In a rematch of the 2009 election for mayor, the candidates focused a lot of attention on Wednesday night on what did or did not happen during the past four years.

Democratic Mayor Laurel Prussing is seeking a third term as the city's chief elected official. She will have to beat her Republican challenger, Rex Bradfield, at the polls on April 9.

Three seeking Parkland seats at forum

CHAMPAIGN — The three candidates competing for two seats on the Parkland College Board of Trustees discussed their visions for the future of the college on Wednesday night.

Incumbents James Ayers of Monticello and Tom Bennett of Gibson City and challenger Sam McGrew of Champaign spoke at a forum at the Champaign City Building.

Kyles, Jackson square off in forum on council election

CHAMPAIGN — Familiar voices dominated the conversation about Champaign's District 1 during a candidate forum on Wednesday night.

The race for the District 1 seat will not be a typical challenger-versus-incumbent election as both candidates have served one term in the seat. Will Kyles has occupied the office for the past four years, and Gina Jackson did for the four years before that.