Mental health funding looks 'optimistic'

SPRINGFIELD - A campaign to avert further funding cuts for mental health and other human services programs appears to have found an ear in Springfield.

Practicing terrorism preparedness

CHICAGO - A national mock terrorism response drill last week in Chicago showed that a major terrorism incident could have an impact in East Central Illinois.

Making a career of helping

Brian Brauer has helped people in a lot of ways.

Spending plan ends business centers

SPRINGFIELD ? The General Assembly voted Friday to eliminate funding for the entrepreneurship centers the governor proposed for Champaign-Urbana and other sites around the state.

Governor's plan raises concern

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Rod Blagojevich has proposed a plan to combine the State Universities Retirement System, and the retirement systems for judges, state lawmakers, teachers and state employees into one mega-fund to be managed by the Illinois State Board of Investment.

Higher ed budget sent to governor

SPRINGFIELD - The higher education budget for the year beginning July 1, that now awaits Gov. Rod Blagojevich's signature, cuts state funding for the University of Illinois by 4.9 percent from what the university received this year.

State sending out Medicaid checks

SPRINGFIELD - If he could have been there, the clack and hum of machinery going full speed in the Illinois comptroller's mailroom would have been music to the ears of Roger Ball, who instead was busy distributing prescriptions to the customers of Weber's Drug Store in Hoopeston.

Higher education budget approved, sent to governor

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate on Thursday approved a higher education budget for the year beginning July 1 that would keep the University of Illinois at the governor's proposed funding level, eliminating the $5.36 million the House tried to restore.

Equal Rights Amendment passes House

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois House voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on Wednesday, a measure that had previously failed more than a dozen times, prompting protesters to spill pig's blood on the floor of the Capitol Rotunda back in the early 1980s.

Curbs proposed for teen drivers

SPRINGFIELD - New drivers would have to wait six months before tooling around town with a carload of buddies, under legislation the House sent to the governor's desk Tuesday.