Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Superintendent named for DeLand-Weldon

DeLAND — The DeLand-Weldon school district has a new superintendent to pair with its new principal.

Jeff Holmes, who retired this summer after 11 years as Clinton's district superintendent, was introduced by school board members as D-W's new interim leader. He succeeds Gary Brashear, who submitted his resignation to the district earlier this summer.

Wright named city clerk for Villa Grove

VILLA GROVE — Darren Wright has been appointed Villa Grove city clerk.

Wright, 48, will fill the position held by Brandy Hopkins for 10 years. Wright is a 15-year resident of Villa Grove who previously served as an alderman on the city council.

Recruiter: Firms interested in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Seven companies have expressed interest in locating in Rantoul, a national retail recruiter told village leaders.

Governor signs Rose bill on caregivers

SPRINGFIELD — Sen. Chapin Rose's Illinois CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable) Act was signed into law Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Solar farm construction begins on UI campus

CHAMPAIGN — After several years of design and delay, construction has finally begun on a new "solar farm" at the University of Illinois.

The 20.8-acre installation, a field of solar panels that will connect to the UI's power grid, is considered a key step in the campus's transition to renewable energy.

South Carolina senator backs Mark Kirk's re-election bid

CHICAGO (AP) — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham brought his Republican presidential campaign to Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, where he voiced his support of Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk's bid for re-election.

Gibson City lighting grant extended

GIBSON CITY — Another vote on the proposed downtown lighting project was not on the agenda for this week's meeting of the city council.

Savoy board hears cell tower proposal

SAVOY — At its most recent meeting, the Savoy planning commission considered allowing a cell phone tower to be constructed near the intersection of Dunlap Avenue and Curtis Road.

Think revenue freeze is a shock? Don't bet on it

Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision to suspend video gambling revenue disbursements to municipalities until the state has a budget in place shouldn't affect area towns too badly.

They've been bracing for this.

Carle seeks $28.5 million expansion of Curtis Road facility

CHAMPAIGN — Carle's physician clinic at 1701 Curtis Road could be headed for a $28.5 million expansion, if state regulators approve.

Carle has applied to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to add 80,000 square feet, more than doubling both its clinical and non-clinical space at the facility built in 2008.