An annual report on Illinois poverty lists Champaign, Coles and Vermilion Counties as having some of the highest poverty rates in the state. Only Jackson and Alexander Counties in southern Illinois had poverty rates higher than those measured in Champaign County in 2011. The numbers come from "Illinois's 33%," which is the annual report on Illinois Poverty issued by the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is waving off early indications that he may face competition in next year’s primary election.
Congressman Rodney Davis has given a shout-out to Taylorville High School basketball coach Carey McVickers on the floor of the U.S. House.
Police say a gunman walked into a business school in downtown St. Louis and shot an administrator in the chest before shooting himself.
The mayor of Homer has kept discussions alive on a possible coal mine for a couple more weeks.
Northern Illinois University President John Peters has provided input to Vice President Joe Biden's task force on reducing gun violence.
Two former school board members have been tapped to fill vacancies on the Champaign Unit Four school board. According to a news release from the district, the school board voted Monday night to appoint Arlene Blank and Phil Van Ness to the seats. They’ll serve until the April elections, and are not running for the seats themselves.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security is closing seven offices and reducing staff by nearly 200 people.
Gov. Mike Pence is rolling out his spending blueprint for Indiana one day after taking office.
A Republican state senator is trying to pull Indiana out of the Common Core State Standards national education initiative, and his bill goes before a legislative committee this week.