Politics and Government
DANVILLE — Kohl's is open and selling, and the walls of the T.J. Maxx store are going up, but the city still hasn't received the federal grant money it needs to cover the $600,000 it took out of its general fund in 2011 to complete the $2 million incentive package for the retail development on North Vermilion Street.
URBANA — City council members this week could move forward in establishing a "legacy tree" protection program they hope will preserve some of Urbana's biggest, rarest and most notable trees.
Council members will discuss the proposal when they meet as a committee of the whole at 7 p.m. today in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.
DANVILLE — Alderman Bill Gilbert is running for his third term as a Ward 3 alderman in Tuesday's election, but he's being challenged by a longtime Danville community member who was part of the lawsuit in the 1980s that changed Danville from a commission form of government to the current mayor-aldermanic form.
An earlier version of this story included an incorrect start date for the project based on erroneous information in a city report. The correct date appears below.
CHAMPAIGN — Work could begin in fall 2013 on a much-anticipated 12-story hotel and residential complex at Sixth and Green streets if city council members approve an agreement with JSM Development this week.
DANVILLE — The Danville school district rolled out new standards-based report cards for kindergarten through second-grade students this year. Now, it's getting ready to do the same for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders next year.
School officials will give board members an update on the implementation process at Wednesday's school board meeting.
DANVILLE — The departure of a longtime alderman in Ward 2, Lois Cooper, has a left her former seat up for grabs.
CHAMPAIGN — A state senator who has proposed making the results of publicly funded research more widely available is amending his legislation after receiving pushback from some in academia.
Bement will have a new village board president after Mollie Stevens opted not to run for another term April 9. Two current village board candidates — Patrick Tieman and Gerald Manint — will face each other in the election for village board president.
GEORGETOWN — Ten candidates seeking seats on the city council introduced themselves and answered questions at a public forum this week.
The forum was sponsored by the Georgetown Ladies Community Club, and about 50 people attended to hear from the candidates.
DANVILLE — In the race for Ward 7 alderman, a former candidate for the Illinois Senate, Al Reynolds, is challenging one of the longest-serving Danville aldermen, Steve Foster.