The Champaign Federation of Teachers plans to hold a “solidarity rally” outside the Mellon Building at 4 p.m. Monday, prior to a scheduled contract bargaining session between the teachers union and the district.
It will be about a year before the Champaign County sheriff’s office and, likely, several other county offices move into the County Plaza building at 102 E. Main St. in downtown Urbana, County Executive Darlene Kloeppel said Friday.
'They’re a pretty good tool with helping to identify people leaving the scene of some of these crimes,' Police Chief Mike Metzler said. 'Rantoul was the local department that showed the way on how effective they are.'
It’s the second tuition raise for in-state students in the last 8 years; tuition stabilized for Illinois resident undergraduates from 2015 to 2019, and again in 2021.
Republicans are calling for their Democratic counterparts in the Illinois House to join them in efforts to repeal criminal justice reforms, known as the Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act.
“While our commitment to affordability remains steadfast and salient, I should note that rising inflation has also shaped our recommendation,” UI chief financial officer Avijit Ghosh said in a presentation to the board on Wednesday.
More than three decades after his late father left office as Champaign County sheriff, Savoy Village President John Brown has begun circulating petitions to run for sheriff himself.
SPRINGFIELD — Aiming to increase diversity in wind and solar jobs, a proposed measure in the Illinois General Assembly would require more transparent reporting on the level of participation of minority-owned businesses in clean energy jobs.
The goal is to enlarge the library, built in 2010, to 24,000 square feet, the size originally recommended by a consultant for a town of Mahomet’s size but voted down by referendum. The public later approved a subsequent referendum for a smaller library.
The package includes a renewed call for an independent redistricting commission, greater power for voters to amend the state constitution and the power to repeal legislation and the power to recall elected officials at all levels of government.
County Executive Darlene Kloeppel told The News-Gazette she was authorized in a closed session of the county board to negotiate the purchase of the County Plaza building at 102 E. Main St., which is right next door to the current sheriff’s office and across the street from the courthouse.
“We have something like 19 active logos, and we wanted something more unified and updated,” City Community Development Director Callie Jo McFarland said. “We wanted to develop a uniform brand initiative for the city.”
SPRINGFIELD — Three Republican state House members called for hearings into the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Thursday out of concerns for workers’ safety, improper placements of state wards and the recent death of North Chicago boy.
Village board member Debbie Estes said an entrepreneur intends to build a 53-home development on the Champaign County village’s west side.
While recycling is controlled in Urbana, trash is not consolidated in the same way, as there are seven licensed haulers for the city, all ranging in price and accepted volume.
Some property owners are expressing concern about accessory dwelling units — small buildings on single housing property — while Champaign city officials move toward approving them.
An opening step of the 2022 election season starts Thursday, Jan. 13 in Illinois. That’s when candidates can start circulating their petitions to appear on the ballot.
SPRINGFIELD — A measure before the General Assembly would require new and renovated residential or commercial buildings to set aside parking spaces that could easily be converted into charging stations for electric vehicles.
The school board Monday night had its first meeting with its consulting firm — Education Leadership Solution, an Illinois-based search and school consulting company.
In other remarks Friday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker pointed to his efforts to double State Police patrols on Chicago’s expressways, to increase funding for the State Police to add more troopers, and to build a new State Police crime lab.
A Cook County judge found Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Director Marc Smith in contempt for the continued improper placement of two state wards.
Both of the current GOP candidates — Mary Miller and Rodney Davis — are incumbent members of Congress who portray themselves as solid conservatives who are disciples of Trump.
Illinois’ 110 dispensaries sold a total of $1.38 billion in recreational-marijuana products in 2021, more than doubling 2020’s sales total of $669 million.
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers this week passed a bill clarifying issues around the massive criminal-justice reform law that was approved last year with the support of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus.
Savoy is becomming a two-school district village, courtesy of an annexation agreement approved by the village board of trustees.