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August 11, 2016

Opponents Of Champaign Co. Sales Tax Referendum Question Commitment To Projects

The Champaign County Board will decide August 18 if it will ask voters to support a 1/4-cent sales tax for expanding jail facilities, and other building projects.  But opponents, including one Democratic board member, call the tax a 'blank check' with no binding language to commit funds.  And a member of ‘Build Programs, Not Jails’ campaign says with a 12 year tax plan, future board members will be spending that money.


high school football players
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August 10, 2016

Youth Sports Concussions; Cubs/Cardinals Rivalry; State Fair Food

On the 21st: High schoolers who play high-contact sports are faced with the potential for injury, such as concussions. We learned more about what the state is doing to protect student athletes. We also talked about the burning rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. We also found out how you can make state fair food at your own home.


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White speaks at Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital Tuesday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
August 09, 2016

SOS White Seeks Organ Donors In Minority Communities

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he's working to dispel some of the myths that may explain why so few people of color are registered organ donors. White came to Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital Tuesday to mark National Minority Donor Awareness Week, which was August 1-7.  He says there are currently 5,000 people on the waiting list for transplants in Illinois.


Man standing with his bike
August 08, 2016

Ray Spooner, Who Cycled Cross Country After ALS Diagnosis, Dies

An Urbana man who set out to cycle across the country last year after being diagnosed with ALS has died. Ray Spooner was injured on that ride, but was determined to finish. Last November, he dipped the front wheel of his bicycle into the Atlantic Ocean and crossed one more item off his bucket list.


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