Politics and Government
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.
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.
RANTOUL — Seven companies have expressed interest in locating in Rantoul, a national retail recruiter told village leaders.
SPRINGFIELD — Sen. Chapin Rose's Illinois CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable) Act was signed into law Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
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.
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 — Another vote on the proposed downtown lighting project was not on the agenda for this week's meeting of the city council.
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.
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.
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.