Contraceptive coverage bill clears Senate

SPRINGFIELD - Health insurance plans would be required to cover contraceptives under a bill the Senate approved Friday, potentially saving women hundreds of dollars in out-of-pocket costs each year.

UI alumni group ignored by Blagojevich

SPRINGFIELD - Four new members have been appointed to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees in the last three months.

Tornadoes, funnel clouds reported in area

   Despite their menacing appearance, the storms that swept through East Central Illinois on Wednesday evening did no damage.

Illinois ranks near bottom on lobbyists

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois deserves a failing grade for its lobbyist disclosure and enforcement, according to a study The Center for Public Integrity released today.

Lamont departure clears UI trustee bottleneck

SPRINGFIELD - The resignation of Tom Lamont, a 12-year member of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, has helped clear the way for the confirmation of another trustee.

House panel boosts UI budget

SPRINGFIELD - University of Illinois faculty got some good news this morning, when a House panel voted to add $5.36 million to the $699.4 million budget Gov. Rod Blagojevich proposed for the university.

Blagojevich to consider bill on sports facilities

SPRINGFIELD - A bill to create a bonding authority that would use hotel taxes to build new sports facilities and improve existing arenas downstate is on its way to the governor's desk.

Trustee resigns from UI board

SPRINGFIELD - Tom Lamont has resigned from the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, and Gov. Rod Blagojevich is nominating a veteran of the Chicago public school system to replace him.

Cord-blood bill reaches Blagojevich

SPRINGFIELD - Women about to give birth in Illinois hospitals would be offered a chance to donate their umbilical cord blood for transplant, under a bill awaiting Gov. Rod Blagojevich's signature.

SBC-backed bill clears Senate in second vote

SPRINGFIELD - A telecommunications bill speeding through the Legislature this week hit a bump Thursday night when it narrowly failed in the state Senate, but won approval on a second vote this morning.