• Educators appeal to lawmakers on school funding

    by  • March 13, 2013

    A new year, an old story. there’s not enough money for schools. Before an Illinois House committee, Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico said school districts have had to fire teachers and expand class sizes because of budget cuts. “Over the past three years state funding to Pre-k to 12 education has been...

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    Illinois to receive millions in Google data lawsuit

    by  • March 13, 2013

    Illinois will receive about $362,000 from a multi-state settlement with Google over its collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information transmitted on unprotected wireless networks. Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced yesterday that Illinois has joined 37 other states and the District of Columbia in the $7 million settlement. Google stopped collecting the data...

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    Area students perform well in WYSE competition

    by  • March 13, 2013

    Sandoval High School students Nico Rodriguez and Randy Pursley, both juniors, will be advancing to participate at the state Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition on April 11, 2013 at the University of Illinois  The sectionals were held Monday at McKendree University and Rodriquez received first place in biology, 8 points ahead of...

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    Topinka says tax hike not paying for backlogged bills

    by  • March 13, 2013

    State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka didn’t mince words about the state’s fiscal health yesterday when speaking at a Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.Topinka told the audience at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, there was no nice way to say it, but Illinois finances are a disaster. In addition to the news Monday that...

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    IHSA will review basketball teams’ behavior

    by  • March 12, 2013

    The Illinois High School Association says both Harrisburg and Seton Academy could face probation or have coaches suspended after a confrontation during last Saturday’s Class 2A boys state championship game. IHSA Assistant Executive Director Matt Troha said Monday that events during the game in Peoria will be reviewed during the association’s regular meeting this...

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    Kleiboeker abuse trial postponed

    by  • March 12, 2013

    The felony trial of a 32-year-old Beckemeyer man accused of abusing a disabled person in his care has been postponed until April. James A. Kleiboeker was previously scheduled for a jury trial Monday, but the action has been moved until April 15, with Judge Dennis Middendorff presiding. Kleiboeker was arrested in May of 2012...

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