Top Regional News: Bradley students push for grant funding

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NEWS

Bradley students push for grant funding

PEORIA — Seven Bradley University students headed to the state Capitol on Wednesday to ask members of the legislature to restore funding for Monetary Assistance Program grants, which have been caught up in the ongoing state budget imbroglio.

The contingent of students met with representatives and senators with the message: state funds to help needy college students can be the make-or-break funds for keeping kids in school and helping them get a degree.

Much of the debate centered around how the state can fund several hundred million dollars for the program in the beleaguered general fund budget. More than 1,100 of Bradley’s nearly 5,000 students receive the grants, which average about $4,400 annually. Many of the recipients are minorities — nearly 40 percent of those receiving the aid at Bradley — and a significant number are first-generation college students.

Check pekintimes.com for more on this story.

Galesburg considers commissioner residency requirements

GALESBURG — The Galesburg City Council will decide at its Feb. 20 meeting whether to approve an ordinance that would allow non-Galesburg residents to serve on four of the city’s commissions.

Aldermen will decide whether nonresidents should be allowed to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Public Transportation Advisory Commission, Golf Advisory Commission and Tree Commission. The nonresidents would be required to either own property in the city or work for a business located within the city.

Mayor John Pritchard said one of the benefits to passing the ordinance would be to grow the pool of potential, qualified applicants willing to serve on the commissions. Certain city boards and commissions currently have vacancies that need to be filled, he said.

Check galesburg.com for more on this story.

Jury convicts Springfield cocaine dealer

TAZEWELL — Oscar Clayborne, 34, of Springfield, was convicted Wednesday of possessing cocaine with intent to deliver, a Class X felony, a crime that carries a sentence of up to 30 years imprisonment.

On Sept. 12, 2016, Clayborne, who had just three weeks earlier been convicted of driving with a revoked license, was spotted on Interstate 474 entering Creve Coeur. A village officer recognized him and gave chase. Clayborne raced more than 20 mph over the speed limit and used the road’s shoulder to pass a car.

Two sisters in that car watched as Clayborne threw several bags out through his vehicle’s sunroof before he ended the chase by stopping near the Shade-Lohmann Bridge. The bags, later recovered by police, contained 46 grams of cocaine. Police also found $7,400 in cash on Clayborne and four cellphones, a handicapped driver placard and a credit card not in his name in his car.

Check pekintimes.com for more on this story.

SPORTS

Bushnell-Prairie drops to A-Town

The Abingdon-Avon High School Tornadoes defeated the Bushnell-Prairie City High School Spartans 47-40 on Wednesday in a Class 1A regional semifinal.

A physical and low-scoring first half saw the Tornadoes build a 28-16 lead through two quarters. The Spartans won the first half rebounding battle 21-16, but 15 turnovers prevented them from taking advantage of the extra opportunities.

In the night’s opener, West Central High School cut the margin to just seven halfway through the third quarter, but Princeville High School closed the quarter on an 11-0 run to hold a 41-23 advantage into the fourth quarter. The West Central Heat were limited to one field goal in the fourth quarter bringing an end to their season.

Check mcdonoughvoice.com for more on this story. 

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February 9, 2017 at 04:16AM

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Top Regional News: Bradley students push for grant funding

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