Tuscola invested about $8,000 in a spiffy 'Welcome To Tuscola' sign that went up a couple weeks ago along U.S. 36 on the east side of town in the hope it lures visitors to attractions like the outlet mall, downtown and Ervin Park.

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s unemployment-claim system is back online Thursday after a more than two-day outage rendered the system unable to distribute unemployment checks or accept claims and certifications online.

Mitch Berenson, currently the assistant principal at Lake Park High, received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the UI and has spent 23 years in education in a range of roles, including  social studies and driver’s ed teacher, guidance counselor and administrator.

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Tuscola invested about $8,000 in a spiffy 'Welcome To Tuscola' sign that went up a couple weeks ago along U.S. 36 on the east side of town in the hope it lures visitors to attractions like the outlet mall, downtown and Ervin Park.

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s unemployment-claim system is back online Thursday after a more than two-day outage rendered the system unable to distribute unemployment checks or accept claims and certifications online.

Mitch Berenson, currently the assistant principal at Lake Park High, received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the UI and has spent 23 years in education in a range of roles, including  social studies and driver’s ed teacher, guidance counselor and administrator.

A year ago, Urbana-based U.S. Judge Colin Bruce warned the University of Illinois about the sham nature of its student disciplinary proceedings. Now, a Chicago-based federal appeals court has issued a broadside exposing universities that embrace kangaroo-court tribunals to serious liability.