Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved the creation of the Illinois Muslim American Advisory Council. 

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When District 150 board members reconvene next month, they’ll face an issue that hits close to home for some -- literally.

A board committee last week discussed ways to address and prevent cases of nepotism, or favoritism granted to family members. 

Board Vice President Rick Cloyd drafted a policy that would forbid staffing situations where relatives, spouses or even roommates engage in a supervisor-subordinate role.  Cloyd says the topic poses the potential for "some difficult discussion," as family ties exist within district staff and administration. 

Peoria County is crafting an anti-nepotism policy amid tensions between administration and a former employee with the county emergency management agency. Former EMA Assistant Director Carolyn Hayes resigned earlier this month. County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther says Hayes’ husband was paid more than $40,000 for a variety of county maintenance jobs since 2005. She says the current county anti-nepotism policy needs to be firmed up:

District 150 explains purchase card system

Oct 15, 2013

District 150 is defending the way it uses purchase cards to buy items throughout the year. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the move comes after citizens questioned the process:

Central Illinois churches react to new Boy Scouts policy

Jun 24, 2013

A month has gone by since the Boy Scouts of America National Council voted to begin accepting openly gay scouts, effective next year.