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Less comprehensive pension bill wins narrow support in Senate

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois senators narrowly approved a slimmed-down pension reform measure Wednesday, but only after rejecting a more ambitious plan that had bipartisan support, although not enough.


Supporters: UI trustee bill has Senate backing

SPRINGFIELD — Supporters of a plan to share the appointment of members of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees between the governor and the UI Alumni Association believe they can have success, at least in the state Senate, this year.


Danville school board OKs assistant principal, "RIFs" six employees

DANVILLE — A familiar face will return to North Ridge Middle School next school year.

At a special meeting on Wednesday, Danville school board members approved appointing Angelique Simon as the school's new assistant principal.


Group starts education campaign on insurance marketplace

CHAMPAIGN — With a little more than six months to go before Illinois' new health insurance marketplace is set to open Oct. 1, a local consumer organization is launching a community education campaign to help Champaign County get ready.


Senate panel clears child-support bill

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would permit an Edgar County man to cease making child support payments for a child who isn't his has been approved unanimously by an Illinois Senate committee.


Construction to begin on Westville pharmacy

WESTVILLE — Construction of a new CVS/Pharmacy on the village square will begin in May, officials said on Tuesday.


Bill would allow prosecution for false complaints about animal shelters

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would allow the Department of Agriculture to refer for prosecution false complaints against an animal shelter was approved by an Illinois Senate committee Wednesday.

The bill (SB 1532), is sponsored by Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet.


Tom Kacich: McCollum pushes murals for downtown

Nearly 14 years out from his last year as mayor of Champaign, Dan McCollum is still thinking about ways to make the city more interesting, more memorable and to link its lively past to its vibrant present.

One chimerical idea, acquired on a recent trip to Greenville, is to help place murals featuring historical figures of the city on walls, particularly in downtown Champaign.


Southwest MTD could hold final meeting in June

CHAMPAIGN — After nearly 6 1/2 years in business, the board of the Champaign Southwest Mass Transit District Tuesday voted to ask its attorney to investigate the process of terminating its existence.

The final meeting of the board could occur as soon as June 18.


Bill would give alumni group five UI trustee appointments

SPRINGFIELD — The power to make appointments to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees — now solely the province of the governor — would have to be shared, under legislation approved Tuesday by the Senate Higher Education Committee.