Former Danville Schools superintendent David Fields (left) is one of seven new State Board of Education members appointed by Governor Rod Blagojevich, who replaced all but two existing members. Fields managed District 118 from 1991 to 2001. He spoke about his new responsibility with AM 580's Jim Meadows.
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For the first time in Illinois, a major commission dealing with helping the developmentally disabled will be headed by someone who uses that help. Lester Pritchard of Urbana is the new chair of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. Pritchard has cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair. Through his wife Barbara, who's also disabled, he tells AM 580's Tom Rogers that the council can help direct funding for services, but its main goal is to be an advocate.
As election campaigns begin to heat up, candidates in an Illinois legislative race in Champaign-Urbana are talking about keeping the heat down. Republican challenger Deborah Frank Feinen is proposing a voluntary cap on campaign spending. Democratic incumbent Naomi Jakobsson has offered a counterproposal. But the idea of campaign spending limits is one that rarely gets out of the discussion stage. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.