Politics and Government

Officials back incentives for DS Volition

CHAMPAIGN — Fearing the damage that two empty floors in the One Main building might inflict on downtown Champaign, city council members said on Tuesday night that they want to give up to $200,000 in incentives to video game developer DS Volition to stay in the heart of the city.

Monticello contemplating school fee hikes

MONTICELLO — The school board is considering increases in several fees this fall — plus a change in how fees are charged at the high school.

If approved, the proposal would include:

— Implementation of a $100 fee for the Small Wonders preschool program.

— A higher registration fee for high school but elimination of most class fees.

Catlin-Jamaica merger message in works

JAMAICA — School officials reviewed draft versions of a Catlin-Jamaica school consolidation report and a list of 19 frequently asked questions and their answers this week.

Their next step: start taking their message to voters in the two communities.

Gifford OKs new contract for schools chief

GIFFORD — The Gifford school board approved a new five-year contract with Superintendent Rod Grimsley that will run through May 14, 2019.

Grimsley, who was hired by the district three years ago, said there are no major changes in the contract.

Staffing concerns expressed for Villa Grove schools

VILLA GROVE — In anticipation of a large kindergarten enrollment for next school year, a group of parents is concerned about staffing in those classrooms.

The number of kindergarten classes was reduced last year from three to two, due to budget cuts.

Ford County seeks help with personnel manuals

PAXTON — The Ford County Board hopes to take advantage of free services offered by the Counties of Illinois Risk Management Agency (CIRMA) to save costs on revising personnel manuals.

High court upholds Michigan affirmative action ban

MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

Lawsuit challenges Georgia gay marriage ban

KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press

Area update: April 22, 2014

2 lawyers apply for Ford state's attorney position

PAXTON — A lawyer from the Galesburg area and an attorney who lives in Ford County are the only two people who had applied as of Monday for the to-be-vacated Ford County state's attorney position, according to Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen.

Electricity pricing program may fizzle

CHAMPAIGN — Unsure about whether they can actually offer a better deal for residents, city council members tonight could decide to discontinue Champaign's electric pricing program when it expires in June.

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