Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Updated: Savoy, Rantoul, Champaign back money for IHSA bid; Urbana council directs staff to work on issue

Savoy and Rantoul will each pitch in $5,000 a year. And on Tuesday night, the Champaign City Council showed unanimous support for committing $50,000 annually if the IHSA boys' basketball tournament returns to its longtime former home.

Danville school board has made pick for next superintendent

DANVILLE — Danville school board members hope to be able to announce in a few weeks who the school district's next leader is.

Board President Bill Dobbles said the board met in a four-hour-long closed session on Monday night to discuss three finalists for superintendent.

Bids awarded for Middletown demolition

MAHOMET — With contracts awarded for asbestos removal and demolition, the old Middletown school building's days are numbered.

The facility on Division Street, which has housed students at all levels, was most recently an early childhood center. It's been vacant since the opening of Middletown Prairie Elementary this fall.

Jim Dey: Retired lawyer tackles life story of 'Uncle Joe' Cannon

Danville's Tim Smith plans to spend his future thinking and writing about the past.

The 66-year-old retired lawyer can't help himself — it's a compulsion.

"My father gave me an intellectual curiosity that is broad. It's both a blessing and a curse. Right now, it's a blessing," he said.

Six contested races in Danville

DANVILLE — What a difference a day makes.

Shake-up in Danville school board's look likely in April

DANVILLE — The school board will look somewhat different once the panel reorganizes in late April.

Contract for demolition of White Hall: $7.9 million

RANTOUL — After two-plus decades in limbo, the fate of White Hall on the former Chanute Air Force base has been decided.

Four seek three at-large Champaign council seats

CHAMPAIGN — The city won't have a municipal primary in 2015. But Champaign voters will have choices for mayor and three at-large seats on the city council.

When the filing deadline for Champaign city elections passed at 5 p.m. Monday, four candidates had filed papers for mayor and four more had filed documents for city council positions.

Champaign's bid boosted by arena updates

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois boys' state basketball tournament has been played primarily in two locations in its 106-year history — Champaign from 1919-1995, and its current home in Peoria.

Davis: Infrastructure funding at top of agenda

CHAMPAIGN — U.S. Rep Rodney Davis says his top legislative priority in the new Congress will be developing a new way to finance infrastructure improvements.