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.
It's been said the devil is in the details, and that's certainly the case as Western Illinois University prepares to tear down an old dorm.
The lowest bidder for the demolition of Wetzel Hall -- Dore & Associates Contracting, Inc of Bay City, MI -- is registered with the state of Illinois. But instead of filing a copy of that certificate as required by the bidding process, the company filed a copy of the cover letter that came with the certificate.
There will be just two contested races for county office during the June 5th Primary in Lee and Des Moines Counties.
One of the contests is in the 5th Supervisor District in Lee County.
Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz is being challenged by former Supervisor Matt Pflug in the Democratic Primary. Keokuk Alderman Mike O’Connor will likely face the winner as he was the lone Republican to file in District 5.
The Warsaw School Board accepted Superintendent Doug DeSchepper’s resignation earlier this week. He has been with the school district since July 1, 2010.
DeSchepper says he is stepping down so he can assume the same role with the Orangeville School District on July 1, 2012. Orangeville is located just a few miles south of the Wisconsin border, near Rockford, IL.
DeSchepper says he is stepping down for family reasons. He says Orangeville is about 15 miles from the home where his family lives.