Focusing on political ethics

SPRINGFIELD - Political ethics in Illinois may seem like an oxymoron.

Corrections audit finds need for improvements

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Corrections needs to keep better track of its guns and other property and be more vigilant about notifying the proper parties when sex offenders and juvenile inmates are released, according to a state audit released Wednesday.

Entrepreneurship project expands

SPRINGFIELD - Budding entrepreneurs will apparently have twice the opportunity to get help for their businesses in Champaign-Urbana later this spring.

Tech chief says Google looking into the future

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State to apply for 1-year loan

SPRINGFIELD - Relief may be on the way for the hospitals, pharmacies and nursing homes awaiting months-late Medicaid reimbursement checks, people and companies owed tax refunds and school districts in need of state aid payments.

UI trustee appointment confirmed

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate Wednesday confirmed Chicago attorney Devon Bruce's appointment to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees after a Senate committee approved him earlier that day.

Committee approves UI Board of Trustees nominee

SPRINGFIELD - After weeks of delay, University of Illinois Board of Trustees nominee Devon Bruce, a Chicago attorney, won unanimous recommendation from the Senate executive appointments committee this morning.

School budget cuts studied

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Senate Republicans are launching a task force to examine the potential impact of cuts to state universities contained in Gov. Rod Blagojevich's budget proposal.

Spending plan reduces funding for ag research

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research budget would be cut by $1.9 million to $5 million under Gov. Rod Blagojevich's spending plan, which is bad news for projects at the University of Illinois, the state research surveys based in Urbana-Champaign and the agriculture industry.

Blagojevich´s spending hikes bring concerns

SPRINGFIELD - Area lawmakers said they were happy to hear Gov. Rod Blagojevich vow in his first budget address to veto any increase in sales or income taxes, but some said he may be relying too much on one-time fixes to cover increased spending from the state's main checking account.