Politics and Government

Work to make pedestrian access to Stratton safer

CHAMPAIGN — Work is scheduled to begin today on a street and sidewalk project that aims to make getting to school safer for Stratton Elementary students.

Davis backs bill on hemp, cannabidiol oil

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, is co-sponsoring a bill that would remove therapeutic hemp and cannabidiol oil from the definition of marijuana, and allow it to be used to treat children and individuals with epilepsy.

Davis is the fourth co-sponsor of HR 5226, introduced Monday by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.

Airbus to stop, but could resume in August or September

CHAMPAIGN — MTD Airbus service to Willard Airport will end after Thursday.

But it may resume in August or September, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District Managing Director Karl Gnadt said Wednesday.

Fifth-Hill group excited to hear Davis' office asking U.S. EPA to check site reports

CHAMPAIGN — The organizer of the Fifth and Hill neighborhood group said on Wednesday that she was excited to hear that U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis' office has asked the EPA to make sure Ameren Illinois did everything it could do in its cleanup of the former site of a manufactured gas plant.

Five big issues for voters

Election Day is less than 100 days away and although things are quiet now, the political season will begin to percolate around Labor Day. Here are five things to watch this election season in East Central Illinois, care of staff writer TOM KACICH:

1. Rauner vs. Quinn

Tom Kacich: Would-be 13th District candidate's chances fading

It's not looking good for Josh Dill's effort to get on the ballot as a third-party candidate in the 13th Congressional District, which includes Champaign-Urbana.

Back to school means back-to-school physicals, too

CHAMPAIGN — The new notebooks and pencils are probably on the list, but don't forget the back-to-school health requirements.

Kids in some grades must have a physical or dental exam for the new school year, and there are also some new vaccine requirements to meet.

Monticello considers shrinking size of two city panels

MONTICELLO — City officials would like to scale back the number of people making planning and zoning commissions from 14 to seven.

A proposal given to Monticello city council members this week would keep both the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, but they would be made up of the same seven people.

Paxton committee recommends late charges for contractor's work

PAXTON — The council's water and sewer committee will recommend to the full council in August that it pay contractor Leander Construction of Canton for work done on the wastewater plant but subtract late charges for the project not being finished on time.

Villa Grove seeks staffing help during clerk's recovery from accident

VILLA GROVE — The city's administration is asking for additional staffing to help catch up during an extended medical leave by City Clerk Brandy Hopkins.

Hopkins has been unable to work since March 28, when she sustained injuries in an all-terrain vehicle accident. Since then, treasurer and office manager Jackie Athey has been carrying the full workload of municipal office duties.

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