A gas pump in Jacksonville, Fla.
Wikimedia Commons
April 06, 2016

Decatur Gauges Impact Of Gas Tax

It's been nearly a week since Decatur's 5-cent a gallon motor fuel tax, for street repairs, took effect.  The city is also is charging a extra penny for diesel fuel.  Jay Billingsley, a third-generation gas station owner, calls it a "tough pill to swallow," but says he also has many loyal customers.  Public Works Director Rick Marley says the tax is needed for "hundreds" of projects.


 In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges in his hush-money case.
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April 06, 2016

Hastert Lawyers Ask He Be Spared Prison In Hush-Money Case

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is asking for probation in his hush-money case. His lawyers cite the former Illinois congressman's health and say in a new court filing that he's already paid a high price. They note Hastert's "fall from grace has been swift and devastating."  The Chicago Tribune Thursday cited unidentified law enforcement sources as saying at least four people have made "credible allegations of sexual abuse.'


Greg Stock being sworn in as a member of the Champaign City Council.
City of Champaign
April 06, 2016

Greg Stock Named As New Champaign City Council Member

High School social studies teacher Greg Stock was sworn in Tuesday night, after the Champaign City Council chose him from a field of ten applicants to take the District Four council seat left vacant by the departure of Marci Dodds.


Gov. Bruce Rauner was on the University of Illinois Springfield campus to sign an executive order forming a health care fraud investigation task force.
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April 05, 2016

New State Task Force To Search For Health Care Fraud

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order, creating a task force to look for waste, fraud and abuse in taxpayer-funded health care programs. The panel will also try to prevent waste in state and federally funded Medicaid and employee health insurance programs. Rauner says the cost of state-run health care programs increase when no one's acting as a watchdog.


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