Residents nominated for admission to military academies

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, announced their nominations of area students for admittance to the U.S. military academies.

Among those nominated are students from Champaign, Danville, St. Joseph, Savoy, Bement and White Heath.

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N-G Exclusive: Push for Dodds hits roadblock

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Green chosen for Parkland board

CHAMPAIGN -- Parkland College trustees Tuesday night selected Bianca Green of Champaign to serve the two years remaining on the term of former board chairman Tom Bennett.
Green, an attorney, was chosen over five other candidates, all of whom were interviewed separately during a two-hour open session Tuesday night.
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Updated: State certifies UI-Springfield faculty union

SPRINGFIELD — A second University of Illinois campus has formed a union for tenure-system faculty, even as organizing efforts continue at the Urbana-Champaign campus.

The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board has certified the faculty union at the UI Springfield, which has 137 members and is affiliated with the Illinois Federation of Teachers, union leaders said.

Lawmaker proposes motorcycle safety bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker wants motorcycle safety to be a formal part of driver's education courses.

Schools anxious for Rauner's budget details

Danville schools Superintendent Mark Denman sees a lot of needs that could be addressed with the $3 million-plus in state funding that his district should have received this year.

More staffing to help students with reading and math, after-school tutoring, technology in the classrooms. And don't forget a long list of building repairs.

Thomasboro school board asks voters for tax increase

THOMASBORO — The Thomasboro school board will ask voters in the April election to approve a tax increase of $1.50 per $100 equalized assessed valuation.

The increase would hike the property taxes of a home assessed at $100,000 by an estimated $500, Superintendent Bonnie McArthur said.

Since you asked: Change of heart for Keep Central Central?

Members of Keep Central Central have voiced support for a new high school being built at Dodds Park. Since Unit 4 is actively seeking Dodds now, will the group still campaign for a "no" vote?

Ear buds, computers needed for new standardized tests

KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press Writers
JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press Writers