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One In Seven Illinois Roads In Bad Shape
(Springfield, IL) -- An audit shows about one in seven roads across Illinois is in need of repair. The number of roads needing repairs has actually increased since four years ago when the state approved tax increases to pay for road construction. Fifteen-percent of Illinois roads were on the repair list last year, an increase from about eleven-percent in 2010. IDOT says the list has grown because the department has been concentrating on repairing bridges for the past three years.
Tuition Rising At Northern Illinois University
(DeKalb, IL) -- It will cost two-percent more for incoming freshmen and current graduate students to attend Northern Illinois University. University trustees approved the increase which will bring the cost of tuition for an in-state freshman to about 91-hundred dollars, not including fees, room
and board. Under state law, the tuition will remain the same for the four years of an undergraduate's attendance. Graduate student tuition rises to 342-dollars a credit hour; law students will pay 651-dollars per credit hour.
State Senator Frerichs Lining Up Campaign Team In Race For Treasurer
(Champaign, IL) -- Champaign Democrat Mike Frerichs is gearing up to make a run at the state treasurer's office. Frerichs, who has been a state senator since 2007, is also a former Champaign County board member and county auditor. He's named Zach Koutsy to lead his campaign team. There will be a scramble for the state treasurer's post with incumbent Republican Dan Rutherford running for the GOP nomination in the governor's race.
Strong Winds, Storms Roll Through West Peoria
(West Peoria, IL) -- Folks in West Peoria are cleaning up after strong winds and storms blew through the area. The storms caused a tree to land on one home, while lightning struck another. Four children who were home alone had to be removed from the Bergan Street home when a tree split in half and landed on the roof. None of the kids were injured.
Firefighters Finally Leave Scene Of Used Tire Fire
(Hoopeston, IL) -- The owners of J&R Used Tire Service in Hoopeston are returning to the facility for the first time in days. Firefighters didn't turn over the facility to its owners until yesterday as they continued to put out hot spots after Wednesday's early morning fire. Fire officials say the damage was so extensive, what's left of the 360-thousand-square-foot building is expected to be demolished. The recycling business is one of two used-tire processors in central Illinois.
Taste Of Champaign Underway
(Champaign, IL) -- If you're looking for something to do this weekend and a bite to eat the 43rd annual Taste of Champaign-Urban is underway at West Side Park. Today marks the second day of the three-day event. Tickets are cheap at four for five-dollars with the Taste running from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 11 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Today's events include a more than three-mile Pie Run, with those participating able to enjoy water and pie breaks throughout the course.
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