Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Jim Dey | Not a pretty picture as legislative rancor spills into court

Hell has no fury like the requested photo of a group of Girl Scouts scorned.

It can lead to lawsuits, lawyers and all manner of anger, the implications of which could affect the gubernatorial election in November.

And why not?

The distance from the sublime to the ridiculous in Illinois government is often but one step.

Danville looking to make summer curfew for youths permanent

DANVILLE — For the 18-and-under crowd, curfew could soon come earlier than usual in Danville.

Under a proposal that will go before city aldermen tonight, anyone under 18 and not supervised by a specific adult wouldn't be allowed out past 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays or 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, unless they meet one of a few exceptions.

Area drivers wince as gas prices climb to edge of $3 a gallon

CHAMPAIGN — With a holiday weekend on the horizon, gas prices nearly hit $3 a gallon Monday.

"You could see it by the end of the week in Champaign," said Beth Mosher, a spokeswoman for AAA Chicago. "Right now, the average is $2.92; yesterday, it was $2.85. That's a pretty significant jump in a day's time."

Urbana council members voice support for mayor's proposed budget

URBANA — The city council expressed mainly favorable views on the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year when it was presented at Monday night's meeting.

Mayor Diane Marlin's proposal has cuts that are slated to save the city about $600,000. A public hearing on it is set for June 4; the council will vote on it June 18.

Champaign library's budget proposal calls for extra hour on Saturdays

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Public Library plans to be open an extra hour on Saturday as part of a budget proposal that will go before the city council tonight.

Library Director Donna Pittman said trustees approved opening at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. on Saturdays starting June 2.

UI higher-ed conference to focus on volatility in state funding

CHAMPAIGN — The impact of unpredictable state funding on students and colleges will be the focus of an upcoming conference at the University of Illinois.

The "Volatility in State Spending for Higher Education" conference will be held June 4-5 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C.

Rauners moving back to Governor's Mansion

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, say they're moving back into the Illinois Governor's Mansion as renovations wrap up on the historic home.

The Rauners are scheduled to speak about the move and the renovation project on Monday.

Postal Service issuing scratch-and-sniff stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Letter writers will soon be able to express their sentiments in words and smells.

The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it will soon issue its first scratch-and-sniff stamps. The stamps feature illustrations of ice pops. The agency says the stamps will "add the sweet scent of summer" to letters.

Trump demands Justice Department investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the special counsel indicated the investigation into the president could be concluded by September.

Japanese female journalists report sexual misconduct

TOKYO (AP) — A survey of women working for Japanese newspapers and TV networks has found 156 cases of alleged sexual misconduct reported by 35 women, about one-third of which involved lawmakers, government officials and law enforcers, a researcher said Monday.