New State Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) poses with his family in the Champaign County Courthouse on Monday. Bennett replaces Sen. Mike Frerichs, who was sworn into his post as state treasurer.
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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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Bruce Rauner takes the oath of office as Illinois' 42nd governor.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
January 12, 2015

Rauner Sworn In As Governor

In his inaugural speech Monday in Springfield, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner blamed the state’s poor business climate in part on the red ink in the state budget.


January 12, 2015

Arcola Man Killed in Police Shooting

Illinois State Police are leading an investigation of a fatal shooting by an Arcola police officer in the line of duty on Saturday. 


an online map of north Champaign that includes the proposed site of a new Central High School
credit: Unit 4 Schools
January 11, 2015

Unit 4 Proposes $144 Million Bond Issue

The second attempt to win voters' approval for a plan to replace Central High School now includes money to rebuild Dr. Howard elementary, among other changes.


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