WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis outraised each of his real and potential election opponents by at least 3-to-1 in the first eight weeks of the year, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Top University of Illinois administrators have turned down a recommendation to dismantle the university-level office that oversees campus research parks and the new UI Labs initiative in Chicago.
But the vice president for research may get a new name to clear up confusion about authority over research activities at the UI's three campuses, according to UI President Robert Easter.
CHAMPAIGN — A second round of candidates for fire chief will visit for interviews with city officials next week, and a final decision on who gets the job could come with a few weeks.
Champaign has been without a fire chief since December, when Doug Forsman retired. Longtime Capt. Dave Ferber has been acting fire chief in his place.
GIFFORD — Officials in Gifford are hoping to get a share of the $45 million relief fund for tornado-ravaged communities that has been assembled by Gov. Pat Quinn's administration.
PAXTON — The Paxton City Council will consider next week a redevelopment agreement with Shields Automart, the first business in the city's tax-increment financing district to seek reimbursement for improvement costs.
MONTICELLO — What will a new library look like in Monticello? The Allerton Public Library Board may find out by early summer. That is when Apace Design of Peoria will likely deliver the first design drawings for a new building to be constructed on Green Apple Lane.
TOLONO — The village board approved reimbursing $850,000 from its tax increment financing district to help the fire department build a new station on the village's east side, where the Tolono Primary School once stood.
The village will give the fire department $250,000 in July and $50,000 every year through the end of the TIF district, 2026.
RURAL OAKWOOD — Middle Fork River advocates are urging Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to "do the right thing" and direct Dynegy to relocate three coal ash ponds at the old Vermilion Power Station north of Oakwood.
URBANA — The University of Illinois has been told to prepare for a 12.5 percent cut in its state funding next year if legislators don't act to extend a state income tax increase that expires in January.
The Illinois Board of Higher Education has instructed the university to make contingency plans for the cut, which would amount to about $80 million, UI officials said Thursday.