Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Carle seeks state OK for sports medicine center at UI Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — The Carle Foundation is planning to build a new $23 million outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine center in the University of Illinois Research Park, if state regulators approve.

Cornbelt prepares for mandated business inspections

MAHOMET — Businesses in Mahomet will be getting a visit from some Cornbelt firefighters in the coming year.

In 2012, the Office of the State Fire Marshal issued a mandate requiring departments across Illinois to enforce the National Fire Protection Association's Life Safety Code.

Airstrip proposal moves to Piatt County Board

MONTICELLO — An on-again, off-again airstrip proposal for rural property north of Cerro Gordo is apparently on again.

Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of first Social Security check

WILSON RING, Associated Press

Loda rejects liquor license that would have meant gaming license

LODA — The village board voted 5-0 to deny the Loda Big Mart's request for a "package and pour" liquor license, which, if granted, would have allowed the convenience store to qualify for a video-gambling license from the state.

School activities being added in Villa Grove

VILLA GROVE — Several new student activities are moving forward for next school year.

GC council recommends approach for backers of Harvest Fest

GIBSON CITY — Ryan Minion, chairman of the Harvest Fest committee, presented parameters for the inaugural fall event to the city council.

Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in '16

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016.

Monticello school board may buy its own bonds

MONTICELLO — The school board is leaning toward a bond restructuring plan that will not only net a lower interest rate the district pays on $4.75 million of its debt, but take advantage of a little-used technique of buying its own bonds with school district fund reserves.

Parts of former Y will stay open after pool closes

CHAMPAIGN — With the Champaign Park District declining to come to the rescue, the McKinley Aquatic Center will be closing its pools in late February.

But the sports center and leased spaces at this former YMCA facility at 500 W. Church St. will remain open, said building owner Leon Jeske.