In this Nov. 10, 2015 file photo, protesters rally in support of lawmakers ending the state budget impasse at the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 26, 2016

Advocates Ask For Long-Term View Ahead Of Speech

Those representing social service groups and the low-income want Gov. Bruce Rauner to look at the long-term negative impacts of Illinois' 7-month budget stalemate as he prepares for his State of the State address on Wednesday.


Students demonstrating against layoffs at the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees meeting.
Rich Egger/Tri-States Public Radio
January 26, 2016

Cuts Announced At WIU, EIU

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees voted Monday to authorize staff reductions for the the upcoming fiscal year. Meanwhile, the president of Eastern Illinois University announced a series of immediate cuts, including the possible imposition of unpaid furloughs and layoffs.


Champaign Unit 4 Board President Chris Kloeppel discusses the options on properties near Central High School with members Amy Armstrong, Kathy Shannon, and Laurie Bonnett.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 25, 2016

Unit 4 School Board Secures Options On Sites Near Central High

The Champaign School Board now holds options on eight sites near Central High School, which doesn't mean Unit 4 will necessarily purchase the properties, but has an 18-month window to decide.  An advisory committee is being formed that will meet almost weekly, discussing possible expansion in the area, with a report due in May.


Wikipedia
January 25, 2016

Champaign Council To Discuss ‘BYOB’ Proposal

The discussion at Tuesday night's Champaign City Council study session is aimed to benefit a handful of businesses, including one restaurant and a 'paint and sip' business in the city.  Some other Illinois cities have addressed the 'Bring Your Own Bottle' idea, including Chicago and a few suburbs.


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Lutheran Social Services
January 22, 2016

Service Provider Cutting 30 Programs Because of Budget Impasse

The state's largest private provider of social services is closing 30 programs serving nearly 5,000 people.  Lutheran Social Services of Illinois announced Friday it is laying off 750 employees -  about 43 percent of its staff.   President and CEO Mark Stutrud says the state owes $6 million.


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