State

Governor wants to help business startups

SPRINGFIELD - In his first State of the State speech, Gov. Rod Blagojevich lauded the University of Illinois for its technology breakthroughs and said he would create the state's first entrepreneurship center at the Urbana-Champaign campus to help turn those discoveries into successful businesses.


UI not alone in reserve proposal

SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois was not alone when it answered Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s request to hold back 8 percent of its state operating funds with a counterproposal for a much smaller amount.


Blagojevich seeking full say on panels

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plan to streamline the state's numerous boards and commissions includes a clause that allows him to wipe out all of the members of those panels and start fresh with his own appointees, an opportunity not available to past or future governors.


UI meets part of request

SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois was able to come up with less than half of the amount Gov. Rod Blagojevich had asked the state's public universities to put into a reserve by a Friday deadline - and is hoping that might be enough.


Universities asked to return some state funds

SPRINGFIELD - The governor is asking the University of Illinois and the state's other public universities to give back 8 percent of their state funding for the year ending June 30 by the end of today.


House will vote on Raggedy Ann, Andy measure

SPRINGFIELD - Joni Gruelle Wannamaker and her husband, Tom, traveled to Springfield from Arcola on Wednesday to ask state lawmakers to name Raggedy Ann and Andy the official state dolls of Illinois.


UI trustee appointments held up

SPRINGFIELD - Niranjan Shah, one of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's nominees for the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, was confirmed by the Senate on Friday, but votes on two others were delayed.


Research park board not dead yet

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Research Park Authority Board was not among the boards and commissions Gov. Rod Blagojevich eliminated or reduced through executive order this week, but that does not mean it is in the clear.


Wary House panel OKs tuition bill

SPRINGFIELD - Maria del Rosario Salgado, 15, has lived in Illinois since she came with her parents here from Mexico City at the age of 3.


Reintroduced bill would fund sports facilities

SPRINGFIELD - State Sen. Rick Winkel, R-Champaign, has reintroduced a bill to create a borrowing authority that would use hotel tax revenue to fund new sports facilities downstate and improvements to existing arenas.


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