A west central Illinois lawmaker is stepping down, just days after he won re-election. House Republican Jim Watson of Jacksonville says he will leave the seat to take over as Executive Director of the Illinois Petroleum Council. The group represents oil refineries, marketers and others in the industry.
A state board that authorizes the closure of medical facilities has been urged to reject Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close Jacksonville Developmental Center. Quinn says smaller, community-based homes are better for the institution's developmentally disabled residents. But some parents say those group homes are not up to the job -- and there aren't enough of them in the area to accommodate all the patients at Jacksonville.