Politics and Government
CHAMPAIGN — The tight squeeze that is the Kirby Avenue bridge over Interstate 57 is being prepared for a major makeover that could mirror the overpass just down the road.
Its earliest possible completion date: way down the road.
Two years ago, on a dark November night, my wife came running downstairs in a panic, cradling our 5-month-old daughter. The baby was shaking and wouldn't stop. Her tongue was turning blue. She was having difficulty breathing. Her eyes fluttered erratically. She wouldn't respond to our voices.
I pulled our 4-year-old daughter out of bed and sped everyone to the ER in pajamas.
They came to Washington, D.C.
They came to Chicago.
And they came to Champaign, where thousands filled West Side Park, chanting "Love Trumps Hate" one day after Donald Trump's inauguration.
Organizers estimated that up to 5,000 people showed up. Perhaps 25 percent were men, and many were children.
The economy in Champaign-Urbana, largely immune from the deterioration in other parts of Illinois in recent years, is starting to show effects, according to a report on Illinois' economic forecast by Moody's Analytics.
I'm coming back after defending my thesis at Murray State University in Kentucky. For two years, I've been traveling south every six months — in summer and winter — to take part in 10 days of intensive study.
CHAMPAIGN — James Faron, who was appointed Thursday night as one of seven members of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board, withdrew his name Friday afternoon as a candidate for the Parkland College board.
The move reduces to 11 the number of candidates for four positions on the community college board in the April 4 consolidated election.
CHAMPAIGN — Hours after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president, about 100 women carrying signs and sporting pink hats packed onto four charter buses outside the Activities and Recreation Center on the University of Illinois campus.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board will know the identity of the district's next superintendent on Monday night.
The rest of us, however, will have to wait a bit.
URBANA — The fervently debated proposal to hire more police officers goes before the city council Monday for the first of two votes. But it won't be alone.
URBANA — As tax season approaches, new security measures are being used to protect employees' electronic W-2 information at the University of Illinois.
To safeguard valuable data such as electronic tax statements or direct-deposit information from hackers, the university has put a new security measure in place known as two-factor authentication.