Letter-writer, EIU professor has questions for Rauner

MONTICELLO — After 30 years in a profession about which she is passionate, Parley Ann Boswell is counting the days until her May 31 retirement.

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Tom Kacich: Killeen, Glassman clash over IPAC's feasibility

The superlatives were flying last week when University of Illinois President Tim Killeen met with members of the House Higher Education to explain the UI's Investment, Performance and Accountability Commitment, a proposal linking annual, stable state funding to a series of performance commitments by the university.

Illinois House panel backs testing of driverless vehicles

SPRINGFIELD — The first effort at regulating autonomous, or driverless, automobiles in Illinois cleared an Illinois House committee Wednesday.

The measure, HB 2747, would allow manufacturers of driverless cars to begin testing autonomous vehicles on Illinois roads. It passed the House Transportation Committee, 9-0.

A look at legislative action

Here's a look at legislative action in Springfield this week:

— Legislation (HB 3914) that would double the fines for motorists who overtake and drive around a stopped school bus with its stop arm extended was approved unanimously Wednesday by the House Transportation Committee.

Shimkus backs House Republicans' health care bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, Tuesday issued a statement in support of the House Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

Mellencamp, Derulo among State Fair acts

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Fair has announced six acts for 2017.
Chase Rice will headline Aug. 11. The singer/songwriter has toured the world with Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley.

Rice co-wrote the song “Cruise,” which was recorded by Florida Georgia Line.
On Aug. 16, Alabama takes grandstand stage. The trio has released 21 straight chart-topping singles.

Rauner urges OK of budget deal now in Senate

SPRINGFIELD — Amid a more than two-year-long budget stalemate that has left the state with a backlog of nearly $12 billion in unpaid bills, Gov. Bruce Rauner Wednesday called for passage of a budget deal now in the state Senate.

How did DUI driver walk free?

MAHOMET — Illinois State Police say they will review their procedures in the aftermath of a New Year's morning drunken driving crash that left a Mahomet woman dead and authorities in search of the Guatemala native who allegedly hit her.

Area educators give DeVos an 'F'

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Republicans expect President Donald Trump's embattled choice for Secretary of Education to survive a close call in her Senate confirmation vote.