The first customers of Champaign-Urbana’s new community broadband network should be getting service this week. UC2B could begin providing high-speed internet service to homes and businesses in underserved areas of Champaign and Urbana as soon as Monday.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to start a campaign to boost support for changes to state pension systems. Quinn has been in campaign mode for months, repeatedly bringing up to the media and legislators the importance of tackling the state’s massively underfunded pension system.
Supporters of the UC2B Big Broadband project know they want a high capacity broadband network for the Champaign-Urbana area. However, there is concern that the way money for UC2B is being raised could hinder the project's long-term commitment to open access.
As more injured members of the military return home, more soldiers and their families are applying for federal financial help.
The federal government wants to buy a prison and Illinois has one to sell, but the deal has been blocked in Congress.
High-speed Internet service might seem ubiquitous, but it's still a luxury for some Illinois residents living in rural areas.
A measure to cut Illinois legislative pensions has fizzled out.
For the first time in more than a century the Illinois House has expelled one of its members.
UPDATE: A spokesman for Carmike says a bomb was not found at the Beverly cineplex in Champaign, and the theater is open as usual. The Associated Press reports no bombs were found in a search of Carmike theaters across the country.