Some concerned over plan for librarian at GCMS

GIBSON CITY — Concerns were expressed to the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board about its proposal to replace the high school's librarian with a library clerk.

Mahomet public works director leaving

MAHOMET — After four years at the helm of Mahomet's public works department, Gary LaForge is stepping down.

The public works director told the village board that his last day will be April 10. He's leaving to accept a leadership role at a private civil engineering firm in the Springfield area, he said.

Merged zoning-planning board has perfect attendance

MONTICELLO — Attendance has improved since the city merged its planning commission and zoning board.

In 2014, there were periods when it was difficult to gather enough members together to conduct business, resulting in the cancellation of several meetings.

This year? Attendance has been 100 percent at the first three meetings of the new, seven-member Planning and Zoning Board.

Westville OKs budget

WESTVILLE — Village board members tentatively approved a $789,000 spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

Village Treasurer Mike Larson said the village expects to generate about $716,000 in revenue between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016. The current budget calls for the village to generate and spend about $755,000.

Woman sues Onarga fire department over injury at fundraiser

WATSEKA — A woman who claims she was shoved by an intoxicated man, causing her to fall and become injured, during the Onarga Fire Department's Cash Bash fundraiser last March is suing the volunteer fire department for more than $50,000 in damages.

PODCAST: U of I's John Wilkin, Dean of Libraries 3-26-15

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Police: Couple's deaths murder-suicide

DANFORTH — A married couple were found dead in their Danforth home Thursday morning in what authorities say is a murder-suicide.

State budget fix means $15 million cut for UI

A University of Illinois spokesman said the school is expecting a cut of about $15 million as a result of the budget fix passed by lawmakers.

Ebertfest '15: What you need to know

Though actor/writer Jason Segel — in a film about native son/writing legend David Foster Wallace — is the biggest name announced thus far for this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, don’t be surprised if there are additions to the lineup.

Carbondale approves development of solar-power station

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The Carbondale City Council has approved a solar power-producing station despite strong community opposition.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports ( ) the council voted 5-2 to allow a company called Brightfields to build the solar array at the former Koppers Wood Treatment plant.