Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Danville City Council panel to weigh extension on loan payback

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.

Danville Ward 3 challenger part of suit that changed government

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.

Urbana City Council members to discuss 'legacy tree' program

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.

Champaign City Council set to vote on deal with JSM for Lot J project

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 school board to get update new report-card program

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.

Two vying for Danville Ward 2 seat

DANVILLE — The departure of a longtime alderman in Ward 2, Lois Cooper, has a left her former seat up for grabs.

Senator revising proposed research release mandate

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 board hopefuls vying for its presidency

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.

Patrick Tieman

Ex-Senate hopeful challenging Danville Ward 7 aldermen

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.

10 Georgetown council hopefuls attend forum

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.