Pritzker: “We've seen the effects of climate change, right here in Illinois, repeatedly in the last two-and-a-half years alone. A polar vortex, devastating floods, microbursts that destroy buildings, record lake levels, extreme heat and emergency declarations in more than a third of Illinois counties.”
Lorrie Pearson, who has been community development services director for the city of Urbana, has been named the new executive director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve.
In a special meeting Tuesday night, the Champaign County Board rejected the appointment of the candidate nominated by County Executive Darlene Kloeppel to fill a vacant board seat in District 11.
Expressing concern that ISBE might have overstepped its bounds by threatening to withhold funding from school districts that do not enforce its mask mandate, a legislative panel urged the agency to put its policies into formal rules.
The Champaign County Board of Review, which was just recently back up to full strength, is again down one member.
Another conflict has developed over filling a vacant seat on the Champaign County Board, this time between County Executive Darlene Kloeppel and the county’s Democratic Central Committee.
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate put the final legislative stamp on an energy regulation overhaul bill Monday, sending it to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who says he will sign it.
State Sen. Chapin Rose, who’s been in the Illinois General Assembly for 18 years, must have thought he’d seen everything until he saw the new legislative district map.
Based on chats and overheard conversations over the past year at our American Legion post, country club, pubs, coffee shops and outdoor cookouts, we sum up here the continuing Trump loyalties, as we have heard them, but in our words.
The measure that aims to bring Illinois’ energy-generation sector to 100 percent carbon-free by 2050 and 50 percent renewable by 2040 will still need approval from the Senate, which planned to caucus Friday to discuss before a Monday return.
The Champaign County Board's Environment and Land Use Committee is poised to hear several pitches Thursday night for use of the county’s federal American Rescue Act funding to help pay for drainage and sewer projects.
Champaign County Executive Darlene Kloeppel said she plans to use recently-released Census data to try again to redraw county board district boundaries and will bring new map proposals to the board later this month.
SAVOY — In response to “a significant number” of citizen complaints about speeding in residential areas, Savoy trustees will study the notion of reducing speed limits to 25 mph in those areas.
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House is set to return Thursday to Springfield to try again at passing an elusive energy regulation overhaul days after the governor’s office announced support for a new proposal.
The hike will bring Savoy in line with the 9 percent sales tax that Champaign, Urbana and Rantoul have. Village administrators estimate it will generate $1 million annually.
Ernest Herrera, an attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said the latest maps actually reduce the number of majority-Latino legislative districts in Illinois, despite the fact that the Latino population grew over the last decade.
The morning after the Champaign City Council unanimously endorsed speeding up long-needed lighting and drainage work in the Garden Hills neighborhood, city staff members were already meeting to get initiatives under way, city Comm
The city of Champaign could potentially commit about half its $25.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to substantially speed up work to help correct lighting and flooding issues in the Garden Hills neighborhood.
"Mayor Marlin skillfully worked the NAACP's 10 Shared Principles into the policy, demonstrating collaboration on problem solving with community organizations and finally addressing de-escalation," the NAACP's Minnie Pearson writes. "This all bodes well for building mutual respect and trust between communities of color and the Urbana Police Department."
The study by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association is collecting information on what services the department provides now and what Savoy will need in the future.
In East Central Illinois’ Region 6, 28 of 143 hospital ICU beds were available as of the end of the day Wednesday, while southern Illinois’ Region 5 had just six ICU beds open.
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been steadily acting on more than 660 bills sent to him by the General Assembly this year ahead of a weekend deadline for bill action.
Champaign city planners are asking the public to share their views on so-called accessory dwelling units by taking an online survey that will remain available through this week.
From last-minute bus schedule changes to push backs on the state mask mandate, area schools are opening for a new year with a host of challenges, most of them related in one way or another to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter to Dr. Jeremy Henrichs, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation general counsel Dina Torrisi Martin wrote: "On behalf of the Department, I sincerely apologize for the tone and content of those communications."