SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A Springfield-area jail will increase mental health services offered to inmates. The (Springfield) State-Journal Register reports that the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is increasing the number of qualified mental health professionals at the jail from 28 hours a week to 40 hours a week next month. Sheriff Wes Barr says officials found it necessary to increase the hours to help with the increase in inmates with mental health problems.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The state of Illinois is looking for volunteers to welcome visitors and give tours at the newly renovated Illinois Executive Mansion. The governor's residence in Springfield has been undergoing a complete, privately funded restoration. The home is scheduled to reopen this summer. A committee of historians, educators and museum professionals is developing new experiences for visitors. They're recruiting volunteers to serve as greeters and docents.
CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of ballet dancers between the ages of 9 and 19 have been auditioning in Chicago at the Youth America Grand Prix regional semifinals. Chicago is one of more than 20 North American cities selecting finalists to compete in the finals in April at Lincoln Center in New York City. Semifinals have also been held in several other countries, including China, Japan, Korea, France and Mexico, among others.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Although the University of Illinois has invested more than $1.2 billion in classrooms, residence halls and athletic venues since 2013, the school will put a renewed focus on its facilities across its three campuses. With no state capital budget for the past decade, the university had to pay for more than half of its building projects through operating funds. Trustee Donald Edwards says the lack of state funding demands a long-term approach to addressing concerns about the school's facilities.
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