A sign in front of a Champaign Fire Department station in downtown Champaign.
(Jim Meadows/WILL)
July 16, 2015

Champaign Fire Department Celebrates 150 Years

Champaign’s Fire Department plans to celebrate its 150th anniversary this Sunday (July 19) with a parade and fire muster --- defined as a ceremonial assembly of firefighters. Residents will also get a chance to see some of the gear that's transformed the job of a firefighter over the years.


Governor Bruce Rauner at a press conference.
(Photo: Brian Mackey WUIS/Illinois Issues)
July 16, 2015

Illinois Issues: The Governor’s Money

In what appears to be a fundamentally new strategy in the use of campaign cash in Illinois, the state’s new Republican governor in May doled out $400,000 in a single day from his main campaign committee, giving to all 67 Republicans in both chambers of the legislature.


Pemberton Hall, Eastern Illinois University
(Wikimedia Commons)
July 15, 2015

Budget Woes Force Layoffs, Furloughs at EIU

Twenty-six annually contracted faculty have already been told they won't be reappointed, while some positions won't be filled.  Some Administration and Professional employees will be required as many as 14 furlough days.


Rob Meister of Champaign announces his candidacy for county recorder outside his restaurant, Minneci's, in Champaign Tuesday.
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
July 14, 2015

Meister Launches Bid For Recorder

Republican and restaurant owner Rob Meister says he's opted to run for Champaign County Recorder of Deeds rather than Illinois Senate, hoping it will inspire more young people to seek office. 


Public Domain
July 14, 2015

Memories Of Harper Lee From Former Chicago Tribune Reporter And Friend

Marja Mills met Nelle Harper Lee while on assignment for the Chicago Tribune. She later moved next door to Lee and her sister Alice Finch Lee for several months and has published a memoir about her friendship with the famous author called The Mockingbird Next Door. Mills gives her take on the new book from Lee and shares memories of the famously private author. 


A view of flooding down West Walnut Street in Watseka.
(courtesy of Donna Collins)
July 13, 2015

Rains In Watseka Force Curfew, Some From Homes And Businesses

Conditions in the Iroquois County city look a bit like they were in January 2008, when about 1,500 residents were forced from their homes.  The Iroquois River was about 6.5 feet above flood stage as of Sunday.


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