Urbana's 269-page fiscal 2017 budget proposal, released Monday.
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May 16, 2016

Urbana 2017 Budget Proposal ‘Holds The Line’ Based On Uncertainties

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing says the proposed fiscal 2017 budget released Monday holds the line on the city's property tax rate, and has no new hires.  But she says the $49.5 million spending plan also includes investments like road repairs, including the partially grant-funded MCORE project, reconstructing a section of Green Street. 

RACES Executive Director Mary Evans addresses reporters outside her agency's Urbana office Thursday.
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May 12, 2016

Rape Crisis Center Reducing Operations To 24-Hour Hotline

Urbana-based RACES, or Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services, says the 11-month budget impasse has forced the agency to cut services like one-on-one counseling, and medical advocacy.  A part-time employee, funded by the local United Way, will help maintain the agency's 24-hour crisis hotline. 

Signs on the door for the RACES agency in Urbana.
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May 11, 2016

Illinois House Proposes $700M For Human Service Programs

Democrats are proposing $700 million to partially finance various human service programs that have gone without state funding since last summer because there's no budget. A House committee on
Wednesday unanimously advanced the bill to the full chamber.

Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus
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May 09, 2016

U Of I’s Budget Plan To Include FY 2015 Figure From State

State law requires the University of Illinois to submit a budget by the end of the fiscal year.  But it's not clear what's coming from the state, if anything, due to the budget impasse.  In a U of I Trustees committee meeting Monday, Chief Financial Officer Walter Knorr said the school will rely on its fiscal 2015 figure when submitting its budget plan for FY 2017. 

Governor Rauner greets supporters at Nord's Outdoor Power in Bloomington
May 06, 2016

Rauner Pushes Workers’ Comp Reform In Bloomington

Governor Bruce Rauner has taken his turnaround agenda campaign to Bloomington, calling for workers comp reform to save Caterpillar jobs that are moving to Arizona. He also repeatedly avoided answering questions about him not endorsing apparent GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump.

In this April 28, 2014 photo, students walk past the Alma Mater statue, a landmark on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana
(David Mercer/Associated Press)
May 05, 2016

Senate Approves 60-Percent Funding For Universities

A $454 million bill to increase funding for financially struggling Illinois colleges and universities has cleared the state Senate. Lawmakers approved the bill on a near unanimous vote and sent the measure to the House on Thursday.

Members of the Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition hold a 'work-in' outside the Henry Administration Building.
Twitter photo/NTFC Local #6546
April 26, 2016

U Of I Non-Tenure Union Holds Work-In After Last Week’s Strike

Members of the U of I's Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition are holding a two day 'work-in' outside the Henry Administration Building.  The union went on a two-day strike last week as a means of pressuring administrators for a new contract.

Gov. Bruce Rauner in a visit to an AutoZone distribution facility in Danville March 29.
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April 25, 2016

Gov. Rauner Signs Higher Ed Measure

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed SB 2059, which provides $600 million in emergency funding for Illinois' public universities through the rest of the semester.  In a statement, the governor says "now is the time to build on this bipartisan momentum and focus on enacting a truly balanced budget for Fiscal Years 2016-2017."  But he reiterated his call for business reforms at the same time.

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