Champaign Central High School
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May 20, 2016

Tier Two Committee Shelves Interstate Drive Site, Focuses On Central Campus

An advisory committee of community members looking at the Champaign Unit Four school district’s facilities plans reviewed cost estimates for four options for Champaign Central High School Thursday night --- and then took one of those options off the table.


Union supporters rally against Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's calls to change collective bargaining policies, in front of the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. The march is organized by a coalition of
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May 18, 2016

Thousands Protest Rauner’s Call To Change Labor Laws

On Wednesday, about 8,000 union supporters rallied at the Illinois Capitol to protest Gov. Bruce Rauner's calls to change collective bargaining policies. A coalition of labor groups marched by the governor's
mansion on their way to the Capitol.  Both Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton took the stage.


In this Wednesday, May 11, 2016 photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner visits with students at New Berlin High School in New Berlin, Ill. Rauner's vision of a grand, two-year budget compromise with Illinois lawmakers is becoming more difficult to acc
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May 16, 2016

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Illinois Union Arbitration Bill

Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to allow an arbitrator to settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall.  In his veto message Monday, the Republican governor called the bill "dangerous," adding it would replace his bargaining power with a union-friendly arbitrator.


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. 


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