GOP gubernatorial debate set in Champaign Monday

CHAMPAIGN — Three of four Republican candidates for governor are scheduled to be in Champaign for a debate Monday night.

The debate is sponsored by WCIA-Channel 3 and the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.

Family of new citizens

Alan Hansen, his wife Jan and their children Ricky and Amy were part of a group of 50 people from 24 countries who became citizens in the morning ceremony with United States Magistrate Judge David G. Berhthal during a Naturalization ceremony at the Federal Courthouse in Urbana Friday February 28, 2014.

UI Labs wins $70 million grant for manufacturing institute

CHICAGO — UI Labs, a nonprofit research and development organization led by the University of Illinois, has landed a major federal grant that promises to spur innovation and rebuild manufacturing in the Midwest.

Debate for the 103rd State House race 2014

Democratic debate between Carol Ammons and Samuel Rosenberg for the 103rd State House race at the Champaign City Building Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.



On the job with veteran tow truck driver

Tow truck driver Scott Mitchell of Carnaghi Towing, Tilton, works on another snowy day in the Danville area Wednesday February 5, 2014.

Plan to reform Illinois school funding may emerge soon

A plan to change the Illinois school funding formula is starting to emerge, although specifics aren't being released yet.

The plan comes from the Education Funding Advisory Committee.  It's been meeting since August to try to come up with a way to make the formula more fair, in particular when it comes to funding differences between Chicago and downstate schools.

State of the State address reaction roundup

Governor Pat Quinn's comments Wednesday on prioritizing education resonated with a state senator that serves the University of Illinois.

That's Democrat Mike Frerichs of Champaign, who said he agrees with the Governor that making early childhood education funding a priority is critical.

Central Illinois Daily Life: Jan. 21-Jan. 28, 2014

Images of people, places and events as seen through the lenes of News-Gazette photographers.

Jury awards $910,000 to teen injured in bike wreck

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois high school student and his parents will get $910,000 under a jury award related to injuries the teenager sustained in a bicycle accident.

Rose: progressive income tax doesn't have enough support

A local lawmaker doesn't think the idea of a progressive income tax will have enough support to become reality.