Rodney Davis

(Jeff Bossert/WILL)

July 05, 2015 - News Local/State

Davis Says Trade With Cuba Could Help Overthrow Castro Regime

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says he supports normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba as a step towards expanded trade with the country, which he believes would help hasten the overthrow of the Castro regime.

In this Dec. 9, 2013 file photo, Dick Van Dyke arrives at the U.S. premiere of "Saving Mr. Banks" at Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. Van Dyke's childhood home could be torn down after the city condemned the dilapidated building in Da

(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

July 05, 2015 - News Local/State

Actor Van Dyke’s Childhood Home On Condemned List

The star of films like "Mary Poppins" and TV's "The Dick Van Dyke Show" took to Twitter last week, calling attention to the Danville home he and his brother lived in during high school.

A flow chart laying out the goals of the Smart Energy Design Assistance Program.

(Smart Energy Design Assistance Center)

July 04, 2015 - News Local/State

Budget Stalemate Extends To U of I Energy Research

The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center is one of a few areas funded differently on the U of I campus - with money passing through a state agency.   It shut its doors Tuesday, laying off 50 people.

Fire works from July Fourth celebrations in 2014

(Scott Cameron/WILL)

July 02, 2015 - News Local/State

Where To Be For The Fourth Of July

Several events will take place throughout East Central Illinois celebrating the fourth of July. Events will include music, food and fireworks.

Cadets at the Lincoln's Challenge Academy in Rantoul.

(Illinois National Guard)

July 01, 2015 - News Local/State

State Budget Standoff Shuts Down Lincoln’s Challenge Academy

The program for troubled youth in Rantoul is scheduled to bring in its next class on July 15, which is now likely delayed.  The budget impasse has also halted a $33 million construction program.

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