• Winnebago County News Briefs

    Winnebago County News Briefs

    ROCKFORD Park District bans smoking from all parks, facilities The Board of Commissioners has voted to prohibit smoking entirely from Park District facilities or parks with the exception…

  • McLean County News Briefs

    McLean County News Briefs

    McLean County Longtime assistant named interim health department director Cathy Coverston Anderson, a veteran employee of the McLean County Health Department, will oversee the agency…

  • Kane County News Briefs

    Kane County News Briefs

    ST. CHARLES City, park district urge coyote awareness Area coyote sightings tend to increase this time of year. To help residents safely coexistence with coyotes, the City of St. Charles…

  • Tazewell County News Briefs

    Tazewell County News Briefs

    REGION Volunteer master naturalists needed to help public lands The thousands of hours that University of Illinois Extension master naturalists donate each year help to maintain parks…

  • Peoria County News Briefs

    Peoria County News Briefs

    REGION Army offers higher bonuses as it seeks more recruits Midway through their senior year, many central Illinois teens ponder the first decision of their adult lives: What to do…



    At the top of this week’s news for Illinois farmers and rural dwellers, President Trump’s nomination for EPA Chief, Scott Pruitt, was confirmed with the support of agriculture but…


Rauner’s budget pep talk met with Democrat snickers

The state’s “grand bargain” budget process may have been more harmed than helped by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address to the General Assembly Feb. 15. Skeptical Democrats snickered,…

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