Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 16, 2016

Champaign Cty Board Of Review Reaffirms Decision On Hospital Properties

The Champaign County Board of Review is leaving properties owned by Urbana's two hospitals on the property tax rolls, for now.  But an attorney representing both the Carle health system and Presence Covenant says the 3-member panel shouldn't make this decision without 'waiting for the legal dust to clear.'


Pay at pump gas pump
Wikipedia
February 09, 2016

Gas Tax, 911 Surcharge Among Legislative Ideas Backed By Local Officials

Local elected officials are endorsing a series of measures for state legislators to look at as way of solving the 8-budget impasse.  The Champaign and Urbana City Councils are reviewing some of those proposals in meetings this week after those bodies and others discussed them with lawmakers last week.


A Sept. 30, 2015 file photo of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. In the background is the dome of the state Capitol.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
February 08, 2016

Illinois State Museum Reaches Deal To Reopen

The Illinois State Museum has a deal to re-open, just days after Governor Bruce Rauner suggested that it start charging admission and look for private support. The Department of Natural Resources says lawmakers must grant the authority to charge entry fees so the museum can reopen within weeks instead of months.


The offices of Rape, Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services in Urbana, which has reduced operation to four days a week due to the lack of a state budget.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 07, 2016

Illinois Social Service Agencies Scrape By, Wait For Answers

Some Illinois social service groups say within a few months, they'll be forced to either close their doors or borrow money if the governor and legislators can't agree on a budget.  Directors of agencies like the Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center and Circle of Friends Adult Day Care say they're worried for both their employees and they people they serve.


In this June 10, 2015 file photo, Illinois state Comptroller Leslie Munger speaks at a news conference in Chicago
Christian K. Lee/Associated Press
February 02, 2016

Comptroller: Illinois Will Fall $6.2B In Debt Without Budget

Illinois is on track to fall more than $6 billion further into debt amid the months-long budget stalemate. Comptroller Leslie Munger says spending will outpace last year's rates by $1.2 billion, which also includes a $5 billion revenue drop from the rolled back temporary income tax increase.


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.


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