Politics and Government

Politics and Government

U.S. to track everyone coming from Ebola nations

CONNIE CASS, Associated Press

Updated: Court-appointed monitor ordered for IDOT hiring

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a court-appointed monitor to investigate hiring at Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Department of Transportation, saying the monitor would help with compliance of a decades-old ban on political hiring.

Countdown to Nov. 4

Countdown to Nov. 4: 13 days

Number of ballots cast on the first day of early voting in Champaign County: 624. That's 454 more than the combined Monday totals of Edgar (58), Vermilion (42), Piatt (27), Douglas (23), Iroquois (13) and Ford (7) — and significantly more than Day 1 of the 2010 midterms, Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten said.

Since you asked: What do teachers say?

TODAY'S ONLINE QUESTION: We've heard from school board members, volunteers and opponents of Champaign schools' $149 million referendum. What about the teachers?

Tom Kacich: Childhood informed candidates' philosophies

Both Carol Ammons and Kristin Williamson were raised by single mothers in difficult circumstances. The experience helped shape the political philosophy of each of the candidates for state representative in the 103rd Illinois House District, but seemingly in entirely different ways.

Williamson, a Republican from Urbana, was raised in the conservative community of Effingham.

Callis, Davis agree Obama's proposed coal rules too restrictive

SPRINGFIELD — Environmental regulations on coal burning proposed this summer by the Obama White House are too severe, the candidates in Illinois' 13th Congressional District agreed Tuesday night.

Police, school district conduct routine sweep at Central

CHAMPAIGN — Central High School students may have run into a furry friend on their way to algebra class Tuesday.

The Champaign Police Department K-9 unit was brought to the school Tuesday to conduct a routine search. Dogs are brought in to do a clean sweep of the school, searching for drugs, weapons, or other illegal or dangerous substances, according to Central's student handbook.

Timothy Kuhner 10-21-14

Timothy Kuhner 10-21-14: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with the author of "Capitalism v. Democracy" about the impact of the Citizens United decision on campaign finance in the USA.

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Illinois' top educator: Funding problems to remain after election

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois state superintendent of schools says the outcome of the governor's race won't make a difference for the state's education funding problems.

Summer jobs program lacks males

CHAMPAIGN — A joint city and school district program that finds summer jobs for Champaign students is having trouble attracting boys — particularly black males — who meet the program's requirements.