Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Davis criticizes nature of sequestration cuts

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Wednesday that he believes the Obama administration has enacted so-called "sequestration" budget cuts for maximum political impact.

Fiscal worries force MTD to mull fare hike

CHAMPAIGN — With uncertainty over state funding, health care costs and proposed service changes, members of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board face their toughest budget decisions in many years.

Tom Kacich: Illinois ties Harvard — in lobbying expenses

The website OpenSecrets.org used the NCAA basketball tournament to highlight the amount of money colleges and universities spend on lobbying in Washington.

The winner of its fifth annual "K Street Classic" is the University of California, which spent $740,000 on lobbying in 2012, easily defeating runner-up University of Pittsburgh at $540,000.

Hoopeston library changes checkout procedures

HOOPESTON — Starting April 1, Hoopeston Public Library patrons must present a valid library card to check out all items.

Checkouts will not be available on April 9 and 10 because the library will be converting to a new computer automation system. However, the library will be open for other services including computer use, photocopying, faxing and the use of the reading areas.

Excerpts from gay-marriage case at high court

Excerpts from the arguments before the Supreme Court on Tuesday about California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, from a transcript released by the Supreme Court.

Consumer confidence falls in March

MARCY GORDON,AP Business Writer

Group sues Ford-Iroquois agency over public records

PARIS, Ill. — The head of a watchdog group investigating the finances of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department has filed a lawsuit, contesting the agency's denial of a Freedom of Information Act request.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in Edgar County Circuit Court by John Kraft of Paris, Ill., who co-owns the nonprofit Edgar County Watchdogs' website with Kirk Allen of Kansas, Ill.

DACC board to vote on roofing bid

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College trustees on Tuesday could take a big step toward replacing the Clock Tower Center roof.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. in Vermilion Hall, Room 302, at the campus, 2000 E. Main St. A copy of the agenda and board packet is available online at http://bit.ly/11DoPBt.

Danville to discuss city license for video gambling machines

DANVILLE — Aldermen will begin discussions tonight on details of a proposed city licensing process for the new video-gambling machines being placed in taverns, truck stops and other state-approved establishments.

Champaign promotes principal to business services chief

CHAMPAIGN — The school district will have a new executive director for business services next year, but the person hired is a familiar face.

The Champaign school board voted unanimously at its Monday meeting to hire current Bottenfield Elementary Principal Matt Foster to fill the business position starting July 1. He replaces late Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas, who died in June.