CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has reignited an age-old, but divisive political strategy on a new front in Illinois: Schools. The Republican used his veto powers to extract money for Chicago schools from a plan needed for all Illinois public schools to get funding this fall. Pitting Chicago against the rest of the state has been a popular tool for the first-term governor. But this time it's a particularly risky move ahead of Rauner's 2018 re-election bid, with schools statewide potentially paying the price.



(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul City Schools District has approved participating in the village’s housing incentive program. Superintendent Michelle Ramage says the program has several benefits…



Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.



(Gibson City-jm) -- Sewer rates will be going up in Gibson City. The city council approved the 25 percent increase. The increase will go towards the sewer separation project.



(Gibson City-jm) -- The Ford County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold their annual banquet this Saturday. The event will be held at the Kruse Center in Gibson City. Spokesperson Gary Reiners says tickets are still available…



Ford County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Spokesperson Gary Reiners.



(Mahomet-jm) -- The village of Mahomet will be losing nearly 200 ash trees. The village board approved a 3 year contract with Mahomet Landscapes to remove 189 trees and stumps at a cost of $69,900. Village leaders cite the emerald ash borer as the reason for the removal.



(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is urging families to focus on back-to-school and campus preparedness this month. As you start shopping for school supplies, you should also teach your child about cell phone use during an emergency says Spokesperson Patti Thompson…



Illinois Emergency Management Agency Spokesperson Patti Thompson. Thompson also recommends making sure your child’s school has all your correct contact information and pre-authorizing a friend or relative to pick up your student in an emergency. You should also find out where kids will be taken if school is evacuated.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Champaign is creating a civilian panel to examine complaints against the city's police officers. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that the City Council voted to create a subcommittee of the Human Relations Commission that has subpoena power to obtain witness statements and other evidence.



(Gilman-jm) -- A new mural will be going up in the gym at Iroquois West. Superintendent Dr. Linda Dvorak says the mural will depict the history of the district…



Iroquois West Schools Superintendent Dr. Linda Dvorak.



(Thomasboro-jm) -- Discussions will continue at this month’s Thomasboro village board meeting on what to do with police protection. The village has just a few months to figure out what to do after chief Keith Willis announced he is retiring in November. Village board members are contemplating hiring a new chief or hiring the Champaign County Sheriff’s office to do patrols. The discussions will continue at the meeting on Monday.



(Loda-jm) -- There are some changes coming to an area golf course. Lakeview Country Club Course Superintendent Doug McCoy talks about some of the new things at Lakeview…



Lakeview Country Club Course Superintendent Doug McCoy.


(Undated-jm) -- There will be a contested race for the 18th Congressional District. Currently the seat is held by Republican Darin LaHood but he will be challenged by Democrat Junius Rodriguez, a Eureka college professor. Rodriguez lost to LaHood in the 2016 election. The 18th Congressional District covers the eastern side of McLean County.



(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Transportation is making preparations for the solar eclipse later this month. Up to 200 thousand people may flock to Southern Illinois to see a total eclipse on Monday, August 21st. IDOT Spokesperson Guy Tridgell says they are working with state and local police to get ready, and will temporarily suspend lane closures in that area…



IDOT Spokesperson Guy Tridgell. Tridgell urges motorists to turn on their headlights during the eclipse and not to pull over to the side of the road to view the event.


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