Formulas on a chalkboard.
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April 21, 2017

School Funding Plans: The Devil Is In The Details

School funding is one of the key issues in the General Assembly’s budget debate. Everyone agrees the current funding formula needs to change, but there’s less agreement on how to fix it.


State Senator Daniel Biss of Evanston
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April 21, 2017

Senator, Gubernatorial Hopeful Biss Visits Champaign

State Senator Daniel Biss wants to beat Bruce Rauner in next year’s gubernatorial election. But the Evanston Democrat doesn’t blame all of the state’s problems on the GOP incumbent. The former University of Chicago mathemetician addressed a gathering of 50 people in a downtown Champaign bar on Thursday, three days after another candidate for governor, J.B. Pritzker, was in the area.


State Rep. Carol Ammons and Rep. Will Guzzardi are joined by a panel of home health care workers
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 20, 2017

Reps. Ammons, Guzzardi, Push For Minimum Wage Hike

State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) says a higher minimum wage would help both workers and the economy. Ammons was part of a rally in Champaign Wednesday, pushing to raise minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 an hour over five years.


Construction at the University of Illinois Research Park.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
April 19, 2017

Champaign City Council Approves Research Park Expansion

The research park at the University of Illinois continues to grow. The Champaign City Council approved two measures Tuesday night for the research park’s expansion on the south end of Champaign.


Members of the CU Immigration Forum rally outside the federal courthouse in Urbana Friday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 15, 2017

Immigration Forum Rallies In Response To Reports Of Local ICE Raids

The Champaign-Urbana community is speaking out against reported Immigration raids in the past couple of weeks. Members of the CU Immigration Forum says Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, have targeted unspecified locations in the area at least twice this month. About 40 people rallied outside the federal courthouse in Urbana Friday.


Rauner visits with supporters and employee at HL Precision Manufacturing in Champaign Wednesday.
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April 13, 2017

Rauner Talks Reforms, Higher Ed Funding In State ‘Tour’

Gov. Bruce Rauner wrapped a 10-city tour with a visit to a Champaign manufacturer Wednesday. As his call for budget reforms wrapped at HL Precision Manufacturing on the city's west side, about 25 members of state government unions called on the Republican governor to 'do your job', saying Rauner should come to the table to negotiate with AFSCME. A Rauner spokesperson says the trek around the state, which was not on the governor's official schedule, was not about his re-election campaign, although it was paid for with political funds.


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