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.

Nursing home law challenged by new measure

SPRINGFIELD - State Sen. Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa, is fighting attempts to delay a scheduled July 1 change in the way the state calculates Medicaid reimbursement rates for nursing homes.

Rate increase for SBC competitors approved by House

SPRINGFIELD - SBC would be able to charge its competitors a higher fee for leasing its lines, under a controversial bill the Illinois House passed Wednesday on a vote of 66 to 39.

Black no longer backs bill to tape closed meetings

SPRINGFIELD - A bill that would require tape recording of closed-session meetings by public bodies has lost the backing of one of its once-staunch supporters. State Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, a former sponsor of similar legislation, now has concerns about the idea and plans to vote no.

Immigrant tuition bill sent to Blagojevich

   SPRINGFIELD ? At a time when Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the University of Illinois to increase its out-of-state tuition, the General Assembly sent him a bill Wednesday that would grant in-state rates to undocumented immigrants who graduate from Illinois high schools.

School funding concerns voiced

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Rod Blagojevich promised to come up with an extra $16 million to ensure that no school district loses money under his proposed education budget for the year beginning July 1, but state lawmakers from both parties are still wary.

State sues Clark over alleged leaks at gas stations

SPRINGFIELD - Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Clark Retail Enterprises, alleging contamination from leaks at underground storage tanks at sites in Danville, Fairfield and more than a dozen other gas stations in the state.

Governor puts area projects in road plan

SPRINGFIELD - An $8.4 million project to improve Interstate 57 from just south of Sadorus Road to 1 mile south of Interstate 74 made it into Gov. Rod Blagojevich's road plan for the year beginning July 1.