State Senator Toi Hutchinson says “it’s a violation of state law” and people of the state shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of funding not being channeled to the right source. Hutchinson was at a press conference in Bourbonnais (Tuesday) to get the word out that the governor and comptroller need to be held accountable for transportations funds not being paid to transit districts.........
Hutchinson invited riders of the River Valley Metro Transit District to share their stories about the effects of the transit lines being shut down because funds are not being paid........
RVM suspended services (Tuesday) . RVM CEO Rob Hoffman said everything is being done to keep buses rolling. Two service routes were eliminated to try to remedy the fact that funding from the state hasn’t been received since last year. Hoffman said it’s hoped that funding will be flowing by year’s end or the transit could be forced to shut down.
URBANA – The University of Illinois is making history today (Tuesday) as Dr. Kimberlee Kidwell begins her role as the first female dean in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). Kidwell, a nationally respected scholar and awardwinning teacher and administrator, holds the inaugural Robert A. Easter Chair.
“It is surreal to have an opportunity to cocreate the next era of excellence in the college with the ACES community at my alma mater,” said Kidwell, who received her bachelor’s degrees from the College of ACES in genetics and development and agriculture science. “It is a privilege to be able to create opportunities of a lifetime for people at the university that provided those types of opportunities for me.”
Kidwell is an accomplished wheat breeder and geneticist with multiple patented discoveries addressing basic questions involving gene discovery, genetic characterization, and genetic mapping of important traits for wheat improvement. She also released more than 20 wheat varieties for commercial production.
In her previous role as executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University, Kidwell spearheaded the development of the new Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership, a student, faculty, alumni, and industry partner collaboration which provides beyondtheclassroom experiences for students and leadership development for graduate students, faculty, staff, and professionals.
She grew up in Danville, Illinois. After graduating from the U of I, she went on to obtain her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in plant breeding and plant genetics from the University of WisconsinMadison.
Kidwell will succeed ACES Dean Robert Hauser, who has served in that role since 2010.
Justice Rita Garman of Danville has stepped aside as Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. Justice Garman Monday administered the oath of office to new Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier of Nashville, Illinois.
Justice Karmeier is Illinois’ 120th Chief Justice. Justice Garman will continue to serve on the court, but her term as Chief Justice ended.
Chief Justice Karmeier pledged to continue Justice Garman’s efforts to expand access for electronic filing, and her efforts in other areas to make Illinois courts more effective and readily available to all who need them.