Governor Pat Quinn has signed a measure that will reduce Illinois' regional offices of education. To avoid elimination, offices must serve at least 61,000 residents. Whiteside County's population is under 59,000.
A southern Illinois priest is being ousted for improvising part of his services.
Bishop Edward Braxton of the Belleville Diocese has told the Rev. Bill Rowe he's now considered retired and must leave the rectory at St. Mary Parish in Mount Carmel on July 10.
Rowe's long-stated practice of changing portions of the liturgy to make them easier to understand didn't become public until February. That came after church leaders in Rome revamped the liturgy to be based on earlier Latin versions.
Teens out late in public in Rockford may be subject to the city's curfew law if they are not working or in the company of an approved adult, according to the Rockford Police Department.
No minor under 17 years of age can be out and about in public within the city after midnight Friday and Saturday until 6 a.m. the following morning. The curfew start is moved back to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, running to 6 a.m. the following day
The Rockford Park District will receive $400,000 to develop a winter activity center and family golf course at the Alpine Hills Activity Center on Larson Avenue off South Alpine Road – part of nearly $1 million in funding for northern Illinois recreational sites announced over the weekend.
Retired state workers in Illinois will have to pay more for their health insurance. But it appears it won't be right away. The law signed last week aims to reduce retiree health-care costs. It ends the practice of the state covering the entire premium costs for those with at least 20 years of service.
Morning Edition interview with Dan Klefstad (June 22, 2012).
Molly McNett doesn't write exclusively about the Midwest, but rural Illinois is a big part of her identity and her writing. "I'm not going to write about hipsters in Brooklyn," she says, "because I just don't know a lot about that."
At least some of the more than 400 prime quarter horses belonging to former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell should go on the block at a multi-day, live public auction later this summer in Dixon under a proposal by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Using www.fedbizopps.gov,the Marshals Service has posted a dozen or so documents detailing the requirements to bid for the contract – including the fact that it is open only to small businesses.