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Michael DeArmond, Champaign County NAACP President Patricia Avery, and Champaign City Council member Will Kyles participate in Saturday's march and rally.
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News Local/State
March 26, 2017

CU Area Project Rallies To End Gun Violence

A rally to end gun violence over the weekend in Champaign also served as a tribute to a local gun violence victim. Michael DeArmond as among those leading a march of 35 people on the city’s north side Saturday, on what would have been his daughter, Desirie DeArmond Austin’s 25th birthday. The 35 participating wore T-shirts carrying Desirie’s photo, as well as the names of 17 others who lost their lives due to gun violence in recent years. The group marched from Champaign's Hazel Park to Martin Luther King Park in Urbana.

Urbana Republican Mayoral candidate Rex Bradfield
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
News Local/State
March 26, 2017

Bradfield Talks Tax Base, Business Expansion In Third Bid For Mayor

Next week’s mayoral election in Urbana marks Rex Bradfield’s third bid for the office. He’s twice lost to current mayor Laurel Prussing (in 2009 and 2013), but this time, the Republican engineer and land surveyor faces Democratic Alderwoman Diane Marlin. Bradfield says if he’s elected next week, his top priority is expanding Urbana’s tax base.  He says there’s been no stability in what developers can expect when they pitch projects to the city council in recent years. 

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News Local/State
March 25, 2017

Is 4th Time The Charm? Manar Files New School Funding Compromise Bill

The Grand Bargain is a package of interlocking legislation designed to break the budget impasse. How important is school funding to that deal? Important enough that leaders titled the latest schools proposal Senate Bill One. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves the White House in Washington Friday after meeting with President Donald Trump.
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News Local/State
March 24, 2017

Republicans Kill Health Care Vote As GOP Members Defect

House Republicans have scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass. NPR's Susan Davis reports that GOP leadership says the Friday afternoon vote is now scrapped after House Speaker Paul Ryan made a last-minute trip to the White House to tell President Trump that the votes weren't there to pass their replacement plan, the American Health Care Act. Trump agreed with Ryan's plan to halt the vote.

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