MONTICELLO — The Piatt County Board will get at least two new members in late 2014, including a new chairman.
Candidates had until 5 p.m. Monday to file nomination petitions for the March 18, 2014 primary ballot. Incumbents John Lyons and Dick Wilkin both opted not to run for re-election. Their terms expire in December of next year.
SPRINGFIELD — Six legislators who are running for statewide office in the March primary election participated in Tuesday's dramatic pension reform vote.
Only one — state Sen. Mike Frerichs of Champaign — is a Democrat. Frerichs, who is unopposed in his party's primary for state treasurer, voted against the measure.
CHAMPAIGN — How much better is the newly improved federal website to sign up for Obamacare health insurance working? It depends on whom you ask.
Julie Pryde, administrator of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, said the specially trained "navigators" stationed there to assist people with enrollment tell her the system is now working great.
Some details on the new pension bill remain to be worked out, and its future hinges on a likely court challenge.
In the meantime, we turned to some University of Illinois experts to try to explain the impact on university employees:
Whom does it affect?
SPRINGFIELD — After narrowly passing the Senate with no votes to spare and the House with two votes more than needed, a controversial pension reform bill is headed to Gov. Pat Quinn, who says he will sign it.
Next stop after that: the courts.
DANVILLE — The only thing decided Tuesday night during a public hearing on whether to remove two city-owned river dams was to hold another public hearing on the issue.
CHAMPAIGN — In a vote that is sure to be remembered by area chicken enthusiasts, city council members on Tuesday night gave their final approval to let residents keep hens in their backyards.
GIFFORD — Sen. Dick Durbin told Gifford residents on Tuesday that he has been impressed by their determination to rebuild their community following the Nov. 17 tornado.
"God bless you, and I'm glad that no one lost their life," Durbin said. "Injuries were at least manageable for some, and folks are pulling together to get this community back."
Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies is available under certain conditions for individuals, families and businesses.
BUCKLEY — Village board members agreed this week to hire Grosch Well Drilling Co., based in Mason City, to drill a test hole for a new well, collect a water sample, and ship the sample to Peoria-based PDC Labs to be tested.
The cost is expected to be $2,000 for the test hole and around $250 for the water-testing process.