Politics and Government

Politics and Government

2 attacks in France raise alarm, call for caution

PARIS (AP) — French officials called for vigilance but warned against jumping to conclusions Monday after a pair of weekend attacks — one in which a driver ran down 13 bystanders, and another in which a recent convert to Islam knifed police officers.

Jury's out on reforms

CHICAGO — A newly signed law that'll more than double what Illinois jurors are paid while reducing the size of civil case juries is earning mixed reviews from criminal justice experts.

Dozens of raises awarded in last year

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Outgoing Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford gave pay raises to dozens of employees — with increases ranging from 8 to 36 percent — over the past year, according to a newspaper report.

Quinn leaves for Maryland to visit soldiers

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has departed for his annual holiday trip to deliver Christmas cards to wounded soldiers.

Kurdish fighters face resistance from IS in Iraq

MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish fighters in Iraq pushed deeper Monday into the town of Sinjar, held by the Islamic State group, but are facing stiff resistance from the Sunni militants who captured it in August.

North Korea skipping Security Council meeting

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.

Schools report: Educating you on the happenings in area districts

Area school boards: Ballots almost set

By day's end, voters will know whose names will appear on the April 7 ballot for area school board seats.

John Roska: Immigration changes explained

Q: Can you explain the immigration law changes that President Obama recently made? Who's covered by those changes?

Obama signs bill naming post office for Burgess

WASHINGTON — President Obama has signed legislation naming the Campustown postal service station for James Burgess Jr., the first African-American elected to countywide office in Champaign County.

Quinn names comptroller to replace Topinka

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named his budget chief as a short-term replacement for late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.