Remember the THUGS on the other side of the bars?

By: Diane Benjamin Original story about Department of Corrections employees brawling in Lexington: Below is what happened to those who were arrested: Adam Deal got 24 months probation and credit for 2 days served. He has until next October to pay $1314 in fees. Nicholas Page got 60 days in jail, 24 months probation, […]

Route 66 Bike Trail: the Cost

By:  Diane Benjamin How much did the bike trail from Chenoa to Funks Grove cost? Good question – but I have no idea! Researching anything the County does is close to impossible.  The County took the lead, but Bloomington, Normal, Chenoa, Lexington, McLean and Towanda all contributed. All County work is done in committees and then […]

The Search for Charlie

This story was re-printed with permission from The Lexingtonian Newspaper  on Facebook.  I know everybody isn’t on Facebook, but this IS a story for everybody!   This is who Americans are! The Search for Charlie By Cammie Quinn A most incredible thing happened in small-town Lexington, Illinois on an otherwise uneventful Sunday in late October. […]

Right to Work heats up

By:  Diane Benjamin Get the facts on Right to Work.  The unions will be in Lexington next Monday.  They will win unless the Council has a spine, they will need your help. Below is what the a union sent to their members: Brothers and Sisters, I’m sure that you know by now that […]

More on School Districts

by Diane Benjamin Which area schools achieved: 2011 Academic Excellence Awards No Unit 5 Schools No Dist 87 Schools Tri-Valley Elementary Tri-Valley Middle School No Leroy schools Lexington Elementary No Heyworth Schools Olympia West Elementary Ridgeview Elementary Also See: Also See:

School District comparison (continued)

by Diane Benjamin (continued from previous post) From the Illinois State Board of Education website: See the chart below: Close to 50% of all 11th graders in the state are BELOW average in all 3 subjects Dist 87: 52.5% below standards in reading 57% below standards in math 58.6% below standards in science If your […]

School District comparisons

by Diane Benjamin From the Illinois State Board of Education website: See the chart below: Unit 5 and District 87 have less Administrators per pupil, but the percent spent on Instruction is low. Where is the money going?  Graduations rates are way below surrounding districts. Leroy, Lexington, and Ridgeview have high pupil to admin percentages. […]