Those Who Served: Robert Espeseth

Robert Espeseth of Savoy has traveled the world in his Navy career including time on a destroyer during the Korean War.

Bennett's bill would protect student-loan defaulters' licenses

SPRINGFIELD — A state policy that calls for the suspension and revocation of professional licenses when the license holder's student loans go unpaid would be reversed under legislation sponsored by state Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign.

House committee advances economic development bill

SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would put much of the state's economic development functions into a private, nonprofit corporation and make the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum an independent agency got approval from the House Executive Committee on Wednesday.

Jim Schultz, the new director of the state DCEO, said the changes would help the agency in its core mission: job creation.

Illinois Senate advances $26 million budget fix

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois senators agreed to give Gov. Bruce Rauner access to special state funds in order to reverse $26 million in cuts he made to public health grants and human services.

The deal, which passed the Senate 57-1, may find a tougher audience in the House.

All area senators voted for the budget fix.

Those Who Served: Robert Tuchel

Champaign's Robert Tuchel was a B-24 captain for 35 missions over Germany, says he was "shot up but never shot down."

Illinois Marathon Special: It's a family pursuit

SIDNEY — Janeane Keller will turn 70 in June. 

And she couldn’t feel better about it.

Her health is leaps and bounds better than it was a decade ago. Gone are the days where illnesses crept up with regularity. No more shingles. No more flu. Her resting heart rate and blood pressure are ideal. 

Sunday Conversation: Mike Lindemann

Mike Lindemann is a busy guy. Really busy. He is co-owner of Champaign’s Body N’ Sole Sports (35 years). He is the coach of the highly successful Parkland women’s basketball team (assistant for five years, head coach the last two.) He is a married (Liz) father of three (Laura, Allie and Rachel).

Those Who Served: Bud Vandiver

Staff Sgt. Bud Vandiver flew 26 missions in the nose of a B-17 bomber near the end of the war in Europe, he says he had a great view. Vandiver now plays guitar in small bands like Bud Vandiver’s Delinquents, performing Big Band music in area nursing homes.

Area golf storylines, schedule for 2015 season

As the weather changes for the better, area golf tournaments will kick into full gear later this month. With the season set to begin, Marcus Jackson provides a few storylines to keep an eye on in 2015, as well as a list of local tournaments area golfers can compete in:

Governor speaks with edit board

Governor speaks with edit board: Play now!

Gov. Bruce Rauner discusses his llinois Turnaround plan with The News-Gazette's editorial board on Saturday, April 11, 2015.


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