Alicia Beck, who won a District 2 seat on Champaign City Council Tuesday.
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April 05, 2017

New City Council Member Beck Wants Champaign To Become Sanctuary City

A newcomer to the Champaign City Council hopes to see the city offer the same protections for those living in the country illegally that Urbana officials have provided. Alicia Beck topped 32-year incumbent Michael LaDue Tuesday to win the District 2 council seat, 63 to 37 percent. Beck says some of her backers want Champaign to explore the idea of becoming a sanctuary city, which Urbana reaffirmed in late 2016.


Campaign signs cover the lawn outside the Brookens Administrative Center in Urbana.
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April 05, 2017

Municipal Election Roundup

The Champaign County village of Savoy has a new village president for the first time since 1989. That's one of many area races decided in Tuesday's Illinois municipal election.


Diane Marlin celebrates her victory with supporters at Pizza M in Urbana.
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April 04, 2017

Marlin Wins Urbana Mayor’s Race

Democratic Alderwoman Diane Marlin will be Urbana’s next mayor after netting more than 42-hundred votes Tuesday. Republican opponent Rex Bradfield finished with 680. Marlin will be sworn into office on May 1.


The U.S. Supreme Court building
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April 04, 2017

Illinois Issues: This State’s Abortion Debate

With Democrats in firm control of the Illinois General Assembly, abortion rights might seem to be safe in the state. But what would happen if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion legal across the country in 1973? Abortion-rights supporters worry that an Illinois statute from 1975 could act as a “trigger law,” automatically banning abortions in the state.


Champaign County Nursing Home
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April 03, 2017

Voting Day: Guide To Area Elections

Voters across Illinois head to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots in races that include mayors and village presidents, tax measures, school board members and other questions.

In recent weeks, Illinois Public Media reporters have covered the issues, interviewed the candidates and explained what's at stake in many area elections. On election day, here's your guide to what's on some of the ballots. 


Illinois Senate President John Cullerton
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April 03, 2017

Illinois Senate Leader Touts Bill To Protect Immigrants

The Illinois Senate's leader is promoting legislation he says will protect immigrants from Trump administration actions. Several immigrant and anti-crime groups and labor unions joined Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago on Monday to unveil legislation he calls the TRUST act. It would bar law enforcement agencies in Illinois from helping in immigration actions unless federal authorities present a warrant from a judge.


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