Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Woman who tripped on sidewalk suing Paxton

PAXTON — A Paxton woman who tripped on a piece of strap material that was frozen to a public sidewalk is suing the city, along with the contractors who left the material on the sidewalk while renovating a downtown building last winter.

Urbana school board considers renaming Prairie for Williams

Is this a good idea? Tell Urbana's Tom Kacich here

URBANA — Prairie Elementary parent Pam Williams thinks renaming the building in honor of a former Urbana district superintendent will bring her child's great school to the next level.

UI prof: Impact of Cuba announcement dramatic for families — and Major League Baseball

The political reverberations from the stunning U.S. announcement on Cuba will continue for months, but that's not the real story, says one University of Illinois expert.

Champaign electoral board makes rulings official

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign's electoral board Wednesday adopted written decisions that overturn objections to the nomination papers of two mayoral candidates, ensuring that voters will have a four-way race for mayor next spring.

200 attend formal hearing on proposed mine

SIDELL — About 200 people poured into the Jamaica High School gymnasium Wednesday night to tell state officials why Sunrise Coal should, or shouldn't, be allowed to develop an underground mine in southwest Vermilion County.

Homer looking for water leaks

HOMER — The village is looking to do something about its water issues.

Homer had 1,753,454 unaccounted-for gallons in November, representing 48 percent of water usage in the whole village that month.

Georgetown considers body cameras, new squad-car cameras

GEORGETOWN — City Clerk Jeanie Swalls said the police department is looking into purchasing five body cameras and four car cameras.

Villa Grove schools plan upgrades

VILLA GROVE — Facility upgrades, including covering the current cinder track with asphalt, are in the works for 2015 in the Villa Grove school district.

Loda considers liquor license for gambling

LODA — The village board had extensive talks about the Loda Big Mart's application for a video-gambling license.

Oakwood schools union wants board to make contract offer two-year deal rather than three

OAKWOOD — Oakwood teachers and staff voted Wednesday to accept the school board's latest contract offer, but only if it's a two-year agreement.