Potholes are a persistent problem during the winter, owing to temperature swings and the need to keep roads plowed after a snow. With lots of miles to cover, city and county officials are playing catch-up.

Four other stories you should see are Michigan State shows Illini how far they have to go, some hospitals bracing for Medicaid cuts, MacArthur's Brummett commits to Bradley and popular Bloomington Lincoln statue needs to be cleaned up.

Pothole forecast: It will worse before it gets better

The pothole forecast for the Decatur area sounds a lot like the winter weather forecast: It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Macon County Engineer Bruce Bird, who has 234 miles of highway to maintain, said the ever-changing Midwest seasonal onslaught is a big part of the pothole problem: “If you take a look at the forecast for the next eight or 10 days, it’s going to get above freezing during the day and below freezing at night,” Bird said late last week.

“And that is perfect pothole time.”

Michigan St. shows where Illini need to go

Bigger, stronger and faster still matters in sports and when the discussion turns to why Illinois is playing catch-up in the Big Ten, just look at these these two teams standing next to one another, Illinois and Michigan State. Just look at the varsity standing next to the junior varsity.

Men against boys.

That’s an issue that must be remedied over time, by recruiting a different type of athlete. 

Meanwhile, the Illini brought the one thing that can’t be influenced by height, strength or speed. They brought incredible heart and energy in a tough game.

Some Illinois hospitals brace for Medicaid funding cuts

Many Illinois hospitals whose budgets rely heavily on Medicaid funding are bracing for a financial hit, as the states revamps a formula to distribute the money.

The hospital assessment program distributes about $3.5 billion in Medicaid funding to 200 hospitals statewide. It hasn't been updated in over a decade and uses 2005 inpatient data and 2009 outpatient data to determine the amount hospitals pay and receive.

MacArthur's Brummett commits to Bradley

On Tuesday afternoon, MacArthur senior guard Armon Brummett gave a verbal commitment to play basketball at Bradley University next season, MacArthur coach Ron Ingram said.

Brummett had six football offers including Northern Illinois, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, South Dakota and Indiana State.

He also had basketball offers to Division II Farris State and Southern Indiana.

Popular Bloomington Lincoln statue in need of cleaning

One of McLean County’s favorite stops for tourists will get a thorough cleaning this week after getting hit with an undetermined substance over the weekend.

The sculpture of Abraham Lincoln sitting on a park bench outside the entrance of the Lincoln on 66 Visitor’s Center at the McLean County Museum of History was slightly damaged by the unknown substance.

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Deputy Managing Editor, Digital

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