Politics and Government
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 — 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.
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.
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.