Quotes of the week
"This is my last shot, and I just wanted to make sure it was the right decision. I feel like it is, and I'm excited for the opportunity to get there and start working."
— Ahmad Starks, a former Oregon State basketball player who's transferring to the University of Illinois for his final season of play. Starks, a Chicago Whitney Young graduate who has not played in an NCAA tournament game, is moving back to Illinois to be closer to his family.
"I think most of the community think that they are necessary expenditures for serious government functions. Police, fire, library — that's what municipalities do."
— Champaign City Council Member Tom Bruno, expressing support for a 1/4-cent sales tax increase to raise money for city services. The proposed tax increase will raise $2.8 million a year.
"It's a slow process. We want to be sure that a buyer fits the situation in terms of our staff and residents and its presence in the community."
— Vermilion County Board Chairman Gary Weinard, discussing the county's efforts to sell its nursing home. The county has received five offers, only two of which are considered to be serious.
"Until we do pension reform and fully implement Medicaid reform, we will continue to go in this vicious circle ... (There's an) insatiable appetite to spend money we don't have."
— State Rep. Tom Cross, leader of the minority Republicans in the Illinois House, complaining about majority Democrats' proposed $35.3 billion budget. Cross said increasing spending by $2 billion over the current year when the state is deeply in debt makes no sense.
"This change is just another milestone in the dramatic transformation we have seen in family structure and family dynamics over the past 50 years or so."
— Kim Parker of the Pew Social and Demographic Trends Project, discussing the results of a study showing that women are the sole or primary breadwinners in 40 percent of households.
"We're really hopeful. In my view, it's a small investment for a big potential payback in terms of learning."
— Champaign Centennial High School librarian Cynthia Helms, discussing the district's decision to keep its school libraries open between June 10 and Aug. 2.