Pawar Drops Out Of Democratic Gubernatorial Race

Oct 12, 2017

Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar withdrew from the crowded Democratic race for Illinois governor today and announced he is launching a new political action committee.

In an email blast from his campaign office, Pawar noted that his campaign had raised $828,000 from 2,526 donors, but he said he would have to take on more personal debt or cut campaign staff to expand the campaign “to a scope that could earn the nomination.” He decided against either option.

Illinois State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, says she’s “livid” that advanced ambulances aren’t allowed to go to the emergency room operated by OSF Healthcare in Streator.

OSF requested a waiver to allow all ambulances to visit Streator’s ER in 2015, but company officials thought admitting life-support ambulances violates state law because the ER isn’t connected to a hospital.

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In August, Northern Illinois University held an orientation for 65 international scholars taking part in the Fulbright Scholars program. This Gateway served as an introduction to the United States before they went to their separate universities. Two members of that group are studying at NIU. 

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Sycamore High School is aiming to distribute a student survey on possible staggered start times before Thanksgiving.

Principal Tim Carlson says a committee has discussed the proposed schedule change several times, but large-scale student surveys have not been completed. He says committee members are still gathering information about what specific start times could be part of the staggered schedule and evaluating the individual needs of students.

The University of Wisconsin System would merge each of its 13 two-year campuses with a four year institution under a plan unveiled Wednesday by UW System President Ray Cross.

The UW-Rock County two-year campus in Janesville, for example, would become part of the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater under the restructuring plan.

The plan also would put the state’s public broadcasting networks under the auspices of the UW System administration.