Two school funding plans progressed in the Illinois legislature Wednesday. A plan sponsored by Sen. Andy Manar was approved in the Senate, while in the House, a very similar plan sponsored by Rep. Will Davis made it through committee. Does that mean lawmakers may have finally found a way to cure the state's infamously unfair school funding structure?
The West Burlington City Council is revamping the city's rules regarding fireworks in response to state lawmakers legalizing the sale, purchase and use of "consumer fireworks" in Iowa. Consumer fireworks include bottle rockets, roman candles, and firecrackers.
For most high school seniors, the month of May is all about preparing for graduation and the future. It's also a time to reflect on the past dozen years of school. In Galesburg, those memories include a trip back to the school where their education started.
A Lee County man is suing the city of Donnellson for breach of contract. Jason Dunagan said in a lawsuit filed this month that the city offered him the job of police chief in early March. He said his employment was to last five years.
The psychologist and author spent a couple days in the Macomb School District talking to teachers, staff, and students about strategies for achieving success. He also gave a public presentation geared to parents.
Higher education has been among the areas feeling the pain from the state budget impasse in Illinois as funding has been cut. It has forced some schools to reduce classes, lay off employees, and, in some cases, close for several days.
A crowded field of Democratic candidates has emerged with 10 months still to go before the Illinois primary for governor. Five men have announced plans to run for the party's nomination to unseat Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, who will seek a second term in the state's highest office.
Cafe in the Park has been a Wednesday afternoon summer tradition in Galesburg for decades. It's where someone can enjoy food from local restaurants and live music in an outdoor setting. But organizer Bill Morris said he won’t have time to put on the event this summer.
The faculty will be back in class today for the start of finals week. The agreement was reached after long negotiations over the weekend including 16 hours Sunday. Details won’t be released until a ratification vote later.
Researchers are trying to gain greater insights into why people experience different health outcomes. A healthcare expert from Illinois believes those differences could be reduced through community coalitions.
The Keokuk School Board accepted the resignation of Tim Hood as Superintendent following a nearly two-hour closed door meeting. The board also released him from the final year of his contract so he can take a similar job in southwest Iowa.
The death of a one year old child in Joliet Township has Illinois' child-welfare agency on the defensive. Department of Children and Family Services director George Sheldon testified Wednesday before a state Senate committee.
Illinois Senate Democrats are hoping to win bipartisan support for a partial government spending plan.
The proposal would release more than $800 million that’s been collected in special state accounts for higher education and human services, areas that have been particularly squeezed during the 22-month budget stalemate.
The city of Macomb will spend more money than it brings in its new budget year that began Monday, May 1. City revenues are down and some expenses associated with employee health care and retirement are up. Overall the city’s general fund will be unbalanced by about $538,000 this fiscal year.
Tuesday's special election in Lee County includes a $2.6 million bond referendum to construct a new building for the county health department. The agency believes the building is needed because it has simply outgrown its current location.