In his budget address, Governor Pat Quinn, said three-quarters of Illinois' pension burden is for people who don't work for the state. It covers some of the pension costs for teachers and others who are employees of local government bodies.
State Senator John Sullivan (D-47) said the state must bring all the stakeholders to the negotiating table to find a long-term solution to funding pensions.
Four ordinances to regulate and control large and loud parties in Macomb are one step closer to being the law.
The proposals received first reading during the City Council's meeting on February 21. They cover issues such as nuisance parties, mass gatherings, and failing to disperse. They also provide new powers to the mayor in his role as liquor commissioner.
The ordinances were written by City Attorney Kristen Petrie. They are based on research she did on ordinances in other university towns in Illinois.
Slow Internet service limits opportunities for business and education in many rural areas. Broadband Illinois is working to upgrade that service.
Spokesman Clayton Black said the first step is an online survey to provide a picture what is currently available. The group is inviting residents, business owners, non-profits and schools to take this survey. It asks detailed questions about what current Internet service is available, how it's used and how it could be improved.
The Macomb School District has severed ties with the boy's head basketball coach who is accused of sexual abuse.
The Board of Education on February 20 approved a resignation agreement with Daniel Watson. Under the agreement, his resignation took effect December 19, 2011. He will be paid to cover the time period from mid-August to December 19.
Watson was placed on administrative leave in mid-August, just a few days after Illinois State Police announced his arrest.
Superintendent Alene Reuschel would not say how much money Watson will receive.