Western Illinois University ROTC

An ongoing review of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps by the U.S. Department of Defense is not worrying Western Illinois University.

The first candidate to publicly announce his bid to represent Illinois' 94th House District says job creation and education are his top priorities.

Knox County Treasurer: Pay Raises Not Her Decision

Nov 14, 2013

The Galesburg Election Board has filed a petition to have Knox County Treasurer Robin Davis held in civil contempt for not paying wage increases the panel has called for. 

Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger says a preliminary autopsy on William Clark, 63 of Sutter, Il. shows that he died of natural causes.

We wrap-up our series on "Flowing Fuels" with a look at who is responsible for inspecting pipelines in Illinois. 

The results of school board/community college races from throughout west-central Illinois during the April 9, 2013 election.

The results of city/village races from throughout west-central Illinois during the April 9, 2013 election.

Illinois’ legislature last session failed to pass a law addressing fracking (hydraulic fracturing), and the result may be less that the state dodged a bullet and more that Illinoisans got a blindfold before the order to fire.

The House’s last-day attempt to impose a two-year moratorium and a tax on fracking scuttled SB3280, which in May sought to create fracking regulations where none exist (the Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempts it from the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and other federal environmental regulations). The state Senate unanimously approved the measure in April.

Illinois drivers are coming under more pressure to slow down and stay off their cell phones.  

Governor Pat Quinn has signed four laws aimed at making roadways safer.  

"We want to have strict laws that deal with those who greatly exceed the speed limit and cause great harm and loss of life," says Quinn, "and we need to, I think, lay down strict guidelines for our judges and for those in the traffic courts across Illinois, so they know what the rules are."  

Illinois Prison Staffing Concerns

Jul 20, 2012

Illinois prison guards say Governor Pat Quinn's move to close correctional centers will lead to more violence.

They said, during a rally at the State Capitol in Springfield this week, that assaults are already on the rise due to overcrowding.

Twelve prison guards gave graphic and disturbing reports of violence at their institutions.

Jake Dalton is a sergeant at the Pontiac prison.  He says his facility is drastically understaffed.

"The Governor has lit a fuse on a powder keg," says Dalton, "and he is not going to be around for the explosion.  We are."

Corn Unlikely to Recover from Drought

Jul 17, 2012

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says the current drought conditions have been slowly developing since the start of the calendar year.

"Every month, this year, has been below normal on precipitation and above normal on temperatures," says Angel.  "You get that combination going and we were drying out in March, which is normally the 'budding' month."

Angel says the situation was not helped by a dry winter, which depleted some soil moisture, and less rain last summer and fall.

He says the drought is also feeding on itself. 

The Adams County (IL) Board has voted to place a question about carrying concealed firearms on the November ballot. The results of the referendum would be sent to the state.

The Illinois commission charged with reviewing the operation of the state's regional offices of education says the governor is wrong to try to shift funding to local government.

The Streamlining Illinois' Regional Offices of Education Commission has concluded its study. It wants funding for the offices to come from the state's general revenue fund.

Governor Pat Quinn wants to pay for the offices out of the Corporate Personal Replacement Property Tax which the state collects then passes along to local governmental bodies.

A public policy group at the University of Illinois says the State University Retirement System (SURS) needs to be stabilized but not reformed.

The Institute for Government and Public Affairs proposal includes contributions from universities to the fund for the first time. The plan calls for universities to phase-in their contributions until they reach 3% in the third year.

The Illinois State Board of Education is getting feedback on a possible change to the way it calculates reimbursements to districts.

Districts are supposed to be paid the actual costs of busing students to and from school.

Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent Paul Woehlke said that would change if the ISBE has its way.