Tom Kacich

State Rep. Bennett injured in car accident

BLOOMINGTON — Republican state Rep. Tom Bennett of Gibson City was involved in a serious car accident Thursday night in Bloomington that resulted in 10 broken ribs, six in multiple places, according to a spokesman for the Illinois House Republicans.

PBL grad to run for Shimkus' seat

DANVILLE — A second man has stepped up to be the Democratic candidate to oppose 11-term U.S. Rep. John Shimkus next year: Heritage High School math and science teacher Anthony March.

March, who lives in Danville with his wife and two young daughters, said he “has been kind of disappointed with Representative Shimkus’ policies for quite some time.”

Bill would require drivers to slow down for all disabled vehicles

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would require motorists to slow down when passing a disabled vehicle on the side of a road was approved by an Illinois House committee Tuesday.

Rauner visits seniors at PBL High School

PAXTON — Grilled by the senior class at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, Gov. Bruce Rauner confessed Thursday that he was “a handful” as a young student.

Parkland College layoffs coming

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time in more than 25 years, Parkland College officials will have to lay off several employees in the coming weeks because of the state budget deadlock.

Parkland board OKs property tax increase

CHAMPAIGN — Amid concerns about the lack of any state funding so far this year for higher education, Parkland College trustees last Wednesday night approved what was termed a modest increase in property taxes.

Parkland trustees leaning against increasing property tax

PAXTON — Parkland College trustees aren’t likely to vote for a small increase in property taxes next month, board members said Wednesday night.

The Parkland board, in a rare meeting off campus, gathered at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School in Paxton.

Gibson City man waiting patiently to open Champaign restaurant

CHAMPAIGN — Dylan Yang grew up in Gibson City, and his father operated a restaurant there.

Now it’s Yang’s turn. He’s the owner of Szechuan China, which he hopes to open Sept. 10 at 401 S. First St., Champaign. That location was the site of two other restaurants, Minneci’s and more recently Layalina.

Parkland College trustee candidates state their case

CHAMPAIGN — In what may be the only forum featuring the three candidates for the Parkland College board before the April 7 election, former U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson of Urbana, former Champaign County Board member Brendan McGinty of Philo and former Tuscola schools Superintendent James Voyles made their case for election to the two open seats.

LaHood running for Schock seat; Barickman, Brady out

SPRINGFIELD — Sen. Darin LaHood is in. Sens. Jason  Barickman and Bill Brady are out.

Less than 24 hours after U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, said he would step down from his House seat, three state senators came to conclusions about replacing Schock as congressman in the 18th Congressional District, northwest of Champaign County.

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