Dietz Says Budget Cuts Could Be "Devastating"

18 hours ago
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The budget stalemate in Springfield is continuing to affect Illinois State University. The public institution is preparing for a revenue cut from the state, which could be as much as 31.5 percent. ISU President Larry Dietz says the highest proposed cut would be detrimental to the university.

The announcement by Peoria Republican David Leitch that he won't run for reelection means Leitch's position in the Illinois House could pass to a Bloomington Republican, Dan Brady. Brady is assistant Republican leader, Leitch is the Deputy leader. Brady says he'd be interested in the job.

Peoria State Representative David Leitch is retiring at the end of his term in 2016. Leitch has served in the Illinois House since 1989 and previously in the Illinois State Senate from 1986 to 1987. The Peoria Republican says it's been the honor of his life to represent Central Illinois for nearly three decades. Leitch is currently the longest-serving member of the Illinois House Republican caucus, and is the fifth most senior member of the Illinois House.

The former CEO of Chicago Public Schools has been indicted on corruption charges following a federal investigation into a $20 million no-bid contract.

IDOT Cold Weather Plans On Hold

23 hours ago
Teddy Wade

There'll be fewer orange signs on Illinois' roadways as construction season winds down and winter approaches. But the longer the state's budget impasse goes on, come spring, the Illilnois Department of Transportation might not be able to fix all the damage the cold, snow and ice will do to the state's highway system this winter.

School district officials in Urbana have decided to lift a requirement for prospective student tutors or supervised volunteers to undergo fingerprint background checks. The Urbana school board voted unanimously to update its volunteer background screening policy to mirror rules in Champaign and other nearby school districts. Only volunteers who have unsupervised contact with students and all new employees will be subject to fingerprint background checks. The district has paid $50 per fingerprint background check for every volunteer since 2008.

U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos and Rodney Davis say they're traveling to Cuba as part of an agricultural trade mission. Bustos and Davis plan to promote economic development and trade opportunities for Illinois farmers. Bustos is an East Moline Democrat and Davis is a Taylorville Republican. They leave on Sunday and return on Wednesday.

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The perfectly imperfect moments of family life are the focus of a new exhibition at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  A popular website moves off the internet and into the gallery to provide a place for all of us to celebrate the Awkward Family Photo.  Laura Kennedy has more.

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Ray LaHood spent more than two decades in Congress and served another 4 1/2 years as President Barack Obama's first Secretary of Transportation. Next month, his book, “Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics” is being released.

He spoke in Normal Wednesday to the Illinois chapter of the American Planning Association state conference. But before that, he stopped by the GLT studios to discuss transit funding, politics and life after governmental service with WGLT's Willis Kern.

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The owner of a Chicago-based aerial photography company is calling the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposal to fine his company almost $2 million dollars ridiculous. SkyPan International owner Mark Segal says the FAA is trying to catch up after years of neglecting to deal with the drone industry.