school bus en IL Schools May Charge for Bus Rides <p>Illinois Education officials are considering a proposal to let schools stop offering free bus service as another way to cope with the state&#39;s budget crisis. In legislation that may be offered this week, the State Board of Education could ask to either get rid of the buses or charge for carrying students each day. The change would be part of a new system for distributing state money for student transportation. The Illinois Association of School Boards says transportation spending has been slashed 42% since 2010.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:41:25 +0000 AP 17732 at IL Schools May Charge for Bus Rides Henry County School Bus Held Hostage <p>The man who held a bus full of Henry County students hostage with a bomb threat this morning is undergoing a mental evaluation. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew says 26 year old Steven Decker boarded the bus during a stop on Guthrie Road. He told the bus driver he had a gun and a bomb and demanded $25 thousand&nbsp; in cash. Belew says the bus driver called 9-1-1 during the incident. He says,</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 20:53:35 +0000 Shelly Baskin 17406 at Henry County School Bus Held Hostage