SPRINGFIELD — One of the Illini's most popular basketball players in Illinois history paid a visit to see state lawmakers (Tuesday) in Springfield.
Dee Brown works as a UI special assistant to the athletic director. He was in the state capital to lobby legislative leaders to move on a higher-education budget. Brown joined a number of UI students who also made the trip to call attention for state funding for higher ed.
Illinois has been without a budget since a new fiscal year started July 1.
Ford County State’s Attorney race shapes up for 2016
Two Republican candidates have surfaced in a developing race for State's Attorney in Ford County.
The 2015 March primary will find 44-year-old Lance Cagle of Fisher seeking the prosecutor's job along with 39-year-old Andrew Killian of Gibson City. Cagle announced Monday he'll seek the office. Killian had already announced his intention to seek the office now held by Randy Yedinak.
Yedinak was appointed in June of 2014. He announced he will not seek re-election as Ford County State's Attorney. Instead, Yedinak will run for the prosecutor's job in Livingston County.
Cagle is a lawyer practicing in Bloomington and Paxton. He lives in Fisher.
Killian announced his intent to seek the office in July. He's been practicing for 14 years and has worked with the DCFS the last five years. Killian was assistant state's Attorney in DeWitt County from 2003 to 2008.
I-57 traffic near Rantoul was backed up Friday. A 3-car accident injured four people. State police reported none of the injuries were life-threatening.
A Bradley driver, 24-year-old Rachel Prochazka, lost control while southbound. Police reported her car went spinning thru the median barrier into the northbound lanes, hitting two northbound cars. Drivers of the other cars were from Orland Park and Memphis.
Cheatum, Devine, Hines announce re-election bids in Iroquois County
Three Iroquois County elected office-holders have publicly made it official – they will seek re-election in 2016.
County Coroner Bill Cheatum, State's Attorney Jim Devine, and Circuit Clerk Lisa Hines will appear on the March Republican Primary ballot.
Devine has been the county prosecutor since 2001. He said he enjoys the job, wants the job and looks forward to working for the people of Iroquois County.
He recognized his assistants, Alex O'Brien and Kara Macz, for the outstanding work they do in the state's attorney's office. Devine said 'the job is that much better when you surround yourself with good, professional people.'
Devine also told the gathering at the Republican Women's Club Fall Luncheon 'the GOP women are a true indication of what the Republican party is all about.' He said the elected office-holders are very supportive of what the club is all about.
Cheatum will seek his fourth term as Coroner. He was first appointed to the job in 2002 to fill a vacancy when then-Coroner Eldon Sprau was elected Sheriff. Cheatum said he enjoys working for the people of Iroquois County.
Lisa Hines of Cissna Park has held the Circuit Clerk's office since 2008. She's seeking her 3rd term. Hines has been an employee in the office for 25 years, having served as First-Deputy Assistant prior to being elected.