A successful dental screening program in several northern Illinois school districts will continue this summer, and will even expand this fall.
The screening program identifies students who may not regularly see a dentist for reasons including lack of insurance or transportation. During the past school year, more than 900 students in the Belvidere, Harlem, and Rockford School Districts received dental treatment.
Illinois officials will gather financial information from the state’s more than 800 school districts over the next two weeks to understand how shifting pension costs away from the state would affect those districts.
“The more facts we could gather regarding what the impact would be on school districts,” Gov. Pat Quinn said, “it would be very important facts we should know.”
The governor initially supported shifting the cost of future pensions for downstate teachers and university workers to school districts and universities but backed away as the legislative session waned.
An aviation expert says Chicago's plan to bolster air cargo capacity at O'Hare International could have a negative effect on surrounding airports. He says Rockford's airport could be among those affected.
Both sides of the recall election targeting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are prepared for a razor-thin margin as the Republican tries to become the first U.S. governor to successfully fend off a recall effort.
Also targeted in today’s voting are Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and majority control of the state Senate.
A record turnout -- estimated as high as 65 percent of registered voters – is expected. Polls opened at 7 a.m., and voting continues until 8 p.m.
The failure of Illinois lawmakers to approve a plan to support state parks means the Department of Natural Resources will continue to struggle financially. The agency is still figuring out what that mean for its parks, trails, beaches and programs.
Attempts to institute an entrance fee to state parks were shoved asside in the Genereal Assembly, and supporters attempted to raise the price of a vehicle license plate by $2 and dedicate those funds for state parks.
Road construction is becoming a familiar scene this time of year. For the month of June, construction is expected to continue around the revamped Machesney Town Center. All businesses will remain open during the road improvements, but it may take longer to get around.
Construction continues this month for the inside lane of Highway 251 around the area formerly known as the Machesney Park Mall. New turn lanes are being added on 251 between Copper Drive and Roosevelt Road.
Meanwhile, pavement will be moving east, framing the intersection of Illinois 173 and Illinois 251.
This summer rock icon Todd Rundgren will be joining The Beatles Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band. It has been 13 years since Rundgren’s last stint as guitarist of the ever-changing line up of the All Starrs.