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.

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.

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.

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.