Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Who's No. 1?

CHAMPAIGN — Having Co-valedictorian, Class of 2000, Central HS on his college application helped convince Northwestern University swim coaches that Tom Lockman was worth spending a scholarship on.

Madigan request met by Killeen

URBANA — Allegations against the University of Illinois women's basketball program drew the interest of one of the state's highest-ranking politicians earlier this month.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan urged UI President Timothy Killeen to contact one of the parents who claimed their daughters were verbally and emotionally abused by UI coaches and required to play while sick.

Tom Kacich: Bill killing 50 percent tuition waivers may rise again

That bill to eliminate those 50 percent tuition waivers for the children of veteran university employees isn't dead yet, says its sponsor.

"I think we're waiting to see what the governor's proposals are. I see it as part of the budget negotiations," said state Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo.

John Roska: Passport expiration date could be headache overseas

Q: I'm going to Europe on vacation. Someone told me I could have trouble if my passport expires in six months. Why? As long as it's valid while I'm traveling, why should it make any difference?

Costly administrator posts a factor in spiraling tuitions

CHAMPAIGN — Public colleges and universities are rapidly ramping up the amount of money they spend on upper-level administrators, directly contributing to the rising tuition costs students are facing, a report published Friday by the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus found.

LeRoy projects $385,000 loss in state school funding

LeROY — A $384,502 loss in state funding is projected in the fiscal year 2016 LeRoy schools budget, with about $98,000 of that in transportation.

Zoning board backs Monticello safety grant proposal

MONTICELLO — The Monticello Planning and Zoning Board has endorsed the idea of a Downtown Safety Grant Program, sending it to the full city council for consideration.

Savoy board not interested in gambling cafes

SAVOY — Nothing has been finalized, but village board members have made it clear they are not interested in having more "casino cafes" in Savoy.

Club needs fixes before Lil Wayne show

DANVILLE — The owners of a downtown Danville club have some minor fire-code violations to fix before Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne makes an appearance there next month.

During an inspection of Studio 25 on Friday, the Danville fire department cited the club for unspecified violations Assistant Chief Tom Pruitt described as "fixable."

Rauner to put pro-business bills before Legislature

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' Democrat-dominated Legislature will soon have its say on key pieces of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's pro-business agenda.