A sign in front of a home on Lincoln Avenue in Urbana protests Carle Hospital's tax-exempt status.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
February 02, 2016

Attorney General Seeks Stay Of Tax Ruling Impacting Urbana Hospitals

The Illinois Attorney General's office wants the 4th District Appellate Court to delay enforcement of the January 5 ruling which found a 2012 state law involving tax exemptions for hospitals that provide charity care to be unconstitutional. The motion for a stay was filed with the appelate court on January 28.  Carle is appealing last month's ruling to the Illinois Supreme Court.


January 2016 Flash Index
(UI Institute for Government and Public Affairs)
February 01, 2016

Drop In Flash Index Keeps Pace With National Economy

University of Illinois Ecomomist Fred Giertz says the monthly Flash Index fell to 105.3 in January from 105.5 a month earlier, which he says is consistent with a national slowdown.  But he says the economy is growing, just at a slower rate.  Giertz also says it's unclear if Illinois' now 8-month budget impasse is having much of an impact.


In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, Ashley Thompson inspects marijuana plants inside the "Mother Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.
(Seth Perlman/Associated Press)
January 30, 2016

Rauner Administration Again Rejects New Marijuana Conditions

For the second time in five months, Governor Bruce Rauner's administration has rejected expanding the list of diseases that can be treated with marijuana in Illinois, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Department of Public Health announced the decision Friday.


Entrance of Carle Foundation Hospital Trauma Center
(Jim Meadows/WILL)
January 28, 2016

Carle To Appeal Ruling On State Law Regarding Tax Exemption

Carle will file its appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court by the February 9th deadline.  Earlier this month, a state appellate court ruled Illinois' law governing when hospitals are property tax exempt for charity care is unconstitutional. A Carle spokesperson says it's about "protecting the community's health care resources."


n this Wednesday photo, Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, speaks to lawmakers after Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his State of the State address.  Durkin called Democrats' Thurday proposal to fund MAP grants &#
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 28, 2016

Illinois GOP Calls Democrats’ College Spending Bill A Hoax

Democratic legislators have approved $721 million for tuition grants and community colleges. But Republicans call it an empty promise because Illinois still doesn't have a budget.  Gov. Bruce Rauner has already indicated he'll veto the measure.


In this Nov. 10, 2015 file photo, protesters rally in support of lawmakers ending the state budget impasse at the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 26, 2016

Advocates Ask For Long-Term View Ahead Of Speech

Those representing social service groups and the low-income want Gov. Bruce Rauner to look at the long-term negative impacts of Illinois' 7-month budget stalemate as he prepares for his State of the State address on Wednesday.


Champaign Unit 4 Board President Chris Kloeppel discusses the options on properties near Central High School with members Amy Armstrong, Kathy Shannon, and Laurie Bonnett.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 25, 2016

Unit 4 School Board Secures Options On Sites Near Central High

The Champaign School Board now holds options on eight sites near Central High School, which doesn't mean Unit 4 will necessarily purchase the properties, but has an 18-month window to decide.  An advisory committee is being formed that will meet almost weekly, discussing possible expansion in the area, with a report due in May.


Lutheran Social Services logo
Lutheran Social Services
January 22, 2016

Service Provider Cutting 30 Programs Because of Budget Impasse

The state's largest private provider of social services is closing 30 programs serving nearly 5,000 people.  Lutheran Social Services of Illinois announced Friday it is laying off 750 employees -  about 43 percent of its staff.   President and CEO Mark Stutrud says the state owes $6 million.


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