water pouring into a glass
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January 21, 2016

Illinois-American Water Requests 18% Rate Hike

A spokeperson for the water company says the request would amount to an increase of $7.50 on a typical bill.  But because of the Illinois Commerce Commission's 11 month review process, it likely wouldn't be approved until January 2017.  

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks to reporters while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Springfield
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January 21, 2016

Rauner Supports Democrat’s Pension Plan With Union Measure

llinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s made a big compromise with the top Senate Democrats on pensions.  But those same Democrats - say there is no compromise at all.  Rauner told reporters Thursday that he spoke to Senate President John Cullerton and they agreed to move forward.  But Cullerton says Rauner misrepresented their conversations.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen and Trustees Board Chair Ed McMillan
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January 21, 2016

U Of I Trustees Freeze In-State Tuition For Second Straight Year

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says the school is committed to providing access to new students, despite the 7-month state budget impasse.  Trustees unanimously approved freezing tuition, along with a new background check policy on new university hires.

Director and University of Illinois graduate Ang Lee, left, and Guillermo del Toro
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January 21, 2016

Filmmaker Del Toro Attending 18th Ebertfest With ‘Crimson Peak’

Writer/Director Guillermo Del Toro will be the opening night guest at the 18th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, April 13th at Champaign's Virginia Theater, accompanying his 2015 film "Crimson Peak." Further films will be announced in the coming weeks.

Offices of the Illinois Radio Reader Service at WILL
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January 21, 2016

Radio Reader Secures Funding To Resume Local Broadcasts

Due to the state budget impasse, WILL's broadcasts of newspapers and magazines on special radios for the visually impaired ended on January 1, going to a network-only service.  Funding has been secured to resume those broadcasts through the rest of the fiscal year, starting Monday.

Former Champaign Unit 4 School Board president Laurie Bonnett
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January 20, 2016

Unit 4’s Bonnett Discusses Failed Referenda, Board Turnover, And Future Of School Facilities

Laurie Bonnett's last meeting with the Champaign School Board is Monday.  The former Unit Four board president, who's moving out of town, says she hopes to see a more collaborative strucuture in the future of school facilities, and believes the board can benefit from the high rate of turnover of late, bringing new and innovative ideas.

Parkland College
January 20, 2016

UPDATE: Parkland Trustees Approve Tuition Hike, Cuts In Tuition Waivers

The Parkland College Board gave its tentative approval Wednesday night to a 12% tuition and fee increase for the next academic year, as well as cuts in the Champaign community college's tuition waiver program. Parkland President Tom Ramage says the cuts are just part of what's proposed to adjust to an expected 50% cut in state funding for fiscal year 2017.

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