Jon Daniel’s home was raided last spring after he created the Twitter account that spoofed Peoria’s Mayor and included raunchy messages before it was suspended.

(Photo: Alex Rusicano/WCBU)

September 03, 2015 - News Local/State

Peoria Settles Lawsuit Over Parody Twitter Account

The City of Peoria is paying $125,000 to a man who created a parody Twitter account of the city’s mayor.  The payment settles a federal lawsuit involving free speech and social media.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen

(University of Illinois)

September 02, 2015 - News Local/State

Killeen Says U of I Exploring Ways To Streamline Administration

U of I President Tim Killeen says the university is reviewing its administrative functions, looking at more centralized services and trying to avoid "duplicative work". His comments follow Gov. Bruce Rauner's renewal of a call for less spending on administration in higher education, and more spending on classroom functions.

Rockome Gardens, the tourist site that operated in rural Arcola.


September 02, 2015 - News Local/State

Arthur Man Revives Zoo Plans With Rockome Gardens Purchase

James Aikman's plans for a wildlife park in Moultrie County were thwarted over the concerns of landowners.  But Aikman announced Tuesday that he's purchased the former Rockome Gardens family tourist site near Arcola with hopes of opening there by May 2016.

Exelon's Quad Cities nuclear power plant

(US Deptartment of Energy)

September 02, 2015 - News Local/State

Exelon Nuclear Plants in Illinois Clear Latest Regional Grid Auction

The "transition" auction revises a previous capacity auction for the generating year starting next June. But Exelon says the additional revenue will not help its money-losing Byron and Quad Cities nuclear plants.

Sign opposing the placing of PCB waste in the Clinton Landfill over the Mahomet Aquifer

(Sean Powers/WILL)

September 01, 2015 - News Local/State

UPDATED: Champaign City Council Endorses Clinton Landfill Consent Decree

On a 6 to 2 vote Tuesday night, the Champaign City Council joined Tuscola, Monticello and the McLean County Board in approving an agreement meant to keep new hazardous waste out of the Clinton Landfill. But critics said the proposed consent decree lets the landfill off too easily.

In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, Illinois state Rep. Louis Lang speaks during the legislative session at the Capitol in Springfield.

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

September 01, 2015 - News Local/State

Legislator Hopeful For More Qualifying Illnesses In Med Marijuana Program

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) said while Illinois' Public Health Department should have met its deadline to include 11 more qualifying conditions into the medical cannabis program, he said it could still be done quickly by emergency rule.

Campus marker for the University of Illinois.

(Wikimedia Commons)

September 01, 2015 - News Local/State

Lawsuit: U of I Retaliated Over Sex Harassment Claims

A former University of Illinois grad student is suing the school's board of trustees and others, seeking $6 million on the charge that administrators retaliated against her after she accused a visiting researcher of sexual harassment.

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