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August 13, 2016

Rauner Vetoes Automatic Voter Registration Bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to allow automatic voter registration in Illinois. The Republican vetoed the plan Friday. He says he wants additional safeguards to ensure that those signed up to vote are eligible.


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August 13, 2016

Unit 4, Teachers Union Request Federal Mediator

The Champaign Federation of Teachers said in an email to members Friday that they'd made progress in negotiations on issues including some school clubs and sports, evaluation and mentoring. But after a Thursday night bargaining session, union president Jen White detailed in separate categories what she called "bad news" and "more bad news." 


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.


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