Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Close race for Champaign school board

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board race was close — so close that just 30 votes separated the second-place winner, who won a seat, from the fourth-place winner, who didn't.

Five candidates were running for three four-year terms on the school board.

Lynn Stuckey earned 1,739 votes, finishing second behind Scott MacAdam, who had 2,043. That's a difference of 304 votes.

Construction could start soon on Monticello fiber-optic project

MONTICELLO — The construction phase of the city's fiber optic project — which would make fast data speeds available locally — could begin in the next month, now that the four cooperating entities have approved the latest amendment to their intergovernmental agreement.

Smitley wins in Pesotum

PESOTUM — Current village President Cheryl Smitley went out to lunch with friends on Wednesday to celebrate her election victory over former village President Timothy Lecher on Tuesday.

Survey on UI shared governance offered

University of Illinois faculty members are being asked to complete a survey about how shared governance is working, or not working, at the department or unit level on campus.

Ford-Iroquois health department under state scrutiny

PAXTON — The Illinois attorney general's office is looking into various financial transactions of the embattled Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, officials said this week.

Federal budget information

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama released his budget proposal on Wednesday, less than two weeks after the U.S. House passed a budget sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Smith defeats Williams for Rantoul mayor

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul will have a new mayor.

Voters on Tuesday tapped challenger Chuck Smith for the village's top post over incumbent Neal Williams, who was running for his fourth term. Smith pulled in 120 more votes than Williams, winning 881-761.

A jubilant Smith said he felt like he was "walking on a cloud" after final election figures were released.

Danville, 10 others approve electric aggregation

DANVILLE — For the second time in a year, Danville voters approved electric aggregation, giving the city the ability to start its own program separate from the one already made available to city residents through the county.

2 former district workers to join two incumbents on Danville school board

DANVILLE — The Danville school board will have two new but familiar faces in May.

Newcomers Darlene Halloran and Lon Henderson, both former district employees, won seats on the board in Tuesday's election, along with incumbents Randal Ashton and Frank Young.

Two newcomers, two incumbents win Danville council seats

DANVILLE — Two longtime incumbents, Steve Foster and Mike Puhr, will return to the Danville City Council for another four years, and they will be joined by two newcomers, R.J. Davis and Frank Hoskins.