Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Rankin gets two bids for water tower work

RANKIN — Two bids — one nearly twice as high as the other — have been received from contractors for the restoration of Rankin's water tower.

Monticello school board to refinance bonds

MONTICELLO — The school board has approved the refinancing of $4.75 million in building bonds. The plan also calls for the district to buy those same bonds with its own fund reserves, with those two moves combining to earn the district an extra $520,000 over the life of the bonds, due to be paid off in 2020.

U.S. court declines to decide Illinois benefits issue

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court in Chicago has declined to resolve a contentious issue over whether Illinois' constitution strictly bars the reduction of retiree benefits.

Susan Rice, Samantha Power to address AIPAC meeting

MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer

Senate panel greenlights Obama's attorney general pick

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

DAVID ESPO, Associated Press
ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press

Ex-governor's fiancée sues newspaper to block email release

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Former Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, has launched a legal fight to keep her private emails out of the public eye.

Updated: UI asks judge to dismiss Salaita's federal suit

URBANA — The University of Illinois has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Steven Salaita, arguing the controversial professor's claim to a job at the UI is unsubstantiated.

Rauner budget cuts could mean $10 million hit for MTD

CHAMPAIGN — Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts could mean the loss of as much as $10 million to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, MTD Managing Director Karl Gnadt said Wednesday.

That would amount to an overall 25 percent cut, he said.