In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, file photo, a General Electric logo is displayed at a store in Cranberry Township, Pa.
Gene J. Pusakar, Associated Press
August 12, 2016

GE Lighting To Close Mattoon Lamp Plant By August 2017

General Electric Lighting says it plans to close its Lamp Plant in Mattoon by the end of next August, eliminating 144 jobs. A company spokesperson says there's been "a major technology pivot away from traditional lighting products."  But Angela Griffin with the economic development group Coles Together says the company has provided 60 days to seek out alternative ideas for saving the facility. 


A set of modern hearing aids, which can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000 each.
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August 11, 2016

Health Care Advocates Seek Better Access To Hearing Aids

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine estimates a large majority of those over age 50 who may benefit from hearing aids don't use them. Champaign County Health Care Consumers says the primary problem is affordability, since the devices cost thousands of dollars.


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August 11, 2016

Opponents Of Champaign Co. Sales Tax Referendum Question Commitment To Projects

The Champaign County Board will decide August 18 if it will ask voters to support a 1/4-cent sales tax for expanding jail facilities, and other building projects.  But opponents, including one Democratic board member, call the tax a 'blank check' with no binding language to commit funds.  And a member of ‘Build Programs, Not Jails’ campaign says with a 12 year tax plan, future board members will be spending that money.


The Champaign County Jail in downtown Urbana, which would close under a proposed 1/4 cent sales tax proposal that could go before voters this fall.
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August 08, 2016

County Voters May Face 1/4 Cent Sales Tax Plan For Facilities

Voters in Champaign County could be asked this fall to support a 1/4-cent sales tax to address facilities needs. County Board Chair Rick Snider says priorities include closing the downtown Urbana jail, and expansion of the satellite site, as well closing the Brookens Administrative Center to move county government to downtown Urbana. The county board would have to approve the plan by August 18 for the question to appear on the November ballot.


New U of I Urbana Chancellor Robert Jones, joined by Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson at the Illini Union Wednesday.
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July 20, 2016

New UI Urbana Chancellor Jones Introduced On Campus

New University of Illinois Urbana Chancellor Robert Jones had his first opportunity to meet the public Wednesday, addressing a crowd at the Illini Union.  He'll start his new job in early October, and plans to do a 'listening and learning tour' in the first 100 days in his new job. 


Displays about the future of Centennial High School in the school's library for Thursday's Unit 4 town hall meeting.
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July 15, 2016

Unit 4 Centennial ‘Town Hall’ Brings Out Referendum Backers

The second of two open house-style 'town hall' meetings over the future of Champaign Unit 4's facilities brought out a lighter crowd than the previous one, but a mostly enthusiastic response to supporting a bond issue of around $200 million this fall. Around 50 attended Thursday's event at Centennial High School. 


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