Members of the Illinois House take the oath at the University of Illinois at Springfield
(Brian Mackey/WUIS)
January 14, 2015

99th General Assembly Sworn In

A new session of the Illinois General Assembly is officially underway. A new class of state legislators was sworn into the Illinois House and Senate Wednesday in Springfield.


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner after swearing in ceremonies in the Senate chambers Wednesday.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
January 14, 2015

Human Services Advocates Address Rauner Spending Freeze

The Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Services, which represents a number of human services agencies around the state, expects the 'non-essential' areas to include consulting contracts.


New Danville schools superintendent Alicia Geddis
(Danville District 118)
January 14, 2015

New Danville Superintendent On Dress Code, Getting Feet Wet

Danville District 118's new superintendent, Alicia Geddis, doesn't start until July 1, but says she's already familiar with some policies there, and will learn from retiring Superintendent Mark Denman.


a stethoscope sitting on a computer keyboard
January 13, 2015

Urbana Mayor Wants Healthcare Costs Studied

Healthcare costs in East Central Illinois are 35 percent higher than they are in Chicago, according to a new study. While those costs may be fixed for now, Urbana's mayor wants to do something about it.


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
January 13, 2015

Rauner’s Spending Freeze Raises Questions

Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive order freezing "non-essential" state spending is raising questions about exactly what spending it covers at state universities.


Unit 4 Superintendent Judy Wiegand runs through the ballot item to be placed on April ballots.
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
January 12, 2015

Unit 4 Board Approves New Bond Issue

Champaign Unit 4 school board members Monday unanimously approved a new $144-million bond issue for the April ballot, which keeps the same plan for a new Central High School, but includes a new Dr. Howard Elementary.


New State Sen. Scott Bennett poses with his family in the Champaign County Courthouse on Monday
Hannah Meisel/WILL
January 12, 2015

Scott Bennett Sworn In To Replace Mike Frerichs In General Assembly

Hours after Mike Frerichs resigned his seat in the legislature, area democrats appointed his replacement Monday morning. Frerichs is now Illinois' state treasurer. And a couple hours before that, his senate seat was given to Scott Bennett, a Democrat from Champaign.


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