Northern Illinois University officials plan to demolish one of the its oldest residence halls within the coming months as part of campus renewal.
Matthew Hanson will be one of the final students to live in Douglas Hall, which was built in 1963. He says he appreciates its traditional feel.
"You see a lot of these new buildings on campus that are all, like, I don't know, just perfect," Hanson said, "and this one's got its flaws, but it's charming. It's got, I believe they said, musty charm."
More than a million dollars is on the way for road construction in DeKalb County. The money comes from Illinois' statewide construction program. It involves the resurfacing of Route 64 west of the Ogle County line to Clare Road.
William Charles Construction Company, LLC of Loves Park was the lowest of five bidders at $1,697,554.
It's been two years since FBI agents arrested Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell. She's in prison for stealing $53 million over the course of two decades. Since the incident, the Better Government Association has been working to educate other municipalities about how to prevent such fraud. BGA investigator Pat McCraney says the guiding principle should be "trust, but verify."
It was two years ago this week when one of the biggest cases of municipal fraud in U.S. history began to unfold. Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell was arrested for stealing for more than $50 million from the city. Crundwell is now serving time in federal prison.
In Dixon, city officials continue to implement reforms they hope will prevent similar action in the future.
New data suggests just how big a hit most school districts would take if Illinois' income tax rate rolls back as scheduled at the end of the year.
Illinois' budget could play out a lot of different ways.
But under one scenario -- the one Gov. Pat Quinn says will be the case if tax rates aren't kept at five percent -- kindergarten through high school classrooms across Illinois will get $450 million dollars less from the state.
Jessica Handy, with the "Stand for Children" advocacy group, says schools are already doing more with less.