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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 05, 2008

ELECTION 2008: Voters Say No to Tax Referenda

If you're a Champaign County resident who fears rising tax bills during a shaky economy, the resuults from the general elections are good -- all four tax hike questions on the ballot were defeated. Townships, school districts and the county forest preserve district sought the tax increases. But in every case, the answer from voters was no. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 31, 2008

ELECTION 2008: A Quiet 15th District Congressional Race

Republicans have been hurt by the Bush administration's low approval ratings. Some members of Congress from traditionally conservative districts are having more trouble fending off Democratic challengers. But local incumbent Tim Johnson of the 15th district could be one of the safest Republicans up for re-election. AM-580 intern Whitney Wyckoff has more.

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Categories: Government, Politics

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 28, 2008

ELECTION 2008: A Veteran Faces a Newcomer in the 104th

Here's another indicator of an unusual election year: the tightest legislative election in eastern Illinois involves not an open seat nor a vulnerable rookie lawmaker -- but one of the state's most senior legislators. 22 years in the statehouse have brought Bill Black of Danville a high profile and a devoted following. But as AM 580's Tom Rogers reports, an unusual chain of events has led to a battle with first-term Vermilion County board member Lori DeYoung.

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Categories: Government, Politics

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 28, 2008

ELECTION 2008: An Incumbent and a Challenger for State’s Attorney

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz says a change in philosophy has allowed some of those who go through the justice system to take responsibility for what they've done, recover and get on with their lives. But challenger Janie Miller-Jones disagrees with that assessment and says the office needs to do more to prevent crime to begin with. AM 580's Jeff Bossert previews the race for State's Attorney.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 22, 2008

ELECTION 08: The 103rd Illinois House District

State Representative Naomi Jakobsson has held her seat in the Illinois legislature since a redrawing of district lines made for more Democrat-friendly boundaries in 2003. Her challengers since then have included a former county coard member and two engineers. This year, she's opposed by a University of Illinois student who believes a youthful perspective will help bring about an end to political infighting in Springfield. AM 580's Jeff Bossert previews this year's race for the 103rd House district.

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Categories: Government, Politics

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 22, 2008

ELECTION 08: Raising the Sales Tax for Schools

Frustration with state government over education funding reform has led to the call for a higher sales tax in Champaign County. The county's 14 school boards promise local property tax relief if voters approve a one-percent hike in the county's sales tax. As AM 580's Tom Rogers reports, it's generated some uneasiness - even among some people who say schools need more money.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 21, 2008

France’s Ambassador on the Economy, the EU and the US

This month the International Monetary Fund released a bleak outlook for economic growth in the United States and many European countries in 2009. The IMF estimates the US economy will grow by only 0.1 percent -- and for countries like Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy, it projects a probable recession. Under the current EU presidency of France, the European Union is working to get its economies back on track. AM 580's Michael Koliska talked with France's Ambassador to the US, Pierre Vimont, as he visited the UI. Vimont says currently, Europe is working on three fronts.

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Categories: Economics, Government, Politics

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 20, 2008

ELECTION 2008: ConCon or No ConCon?

Many people are just beginning to notice the debate over whether to draw up a new state constitution for Illinois. But the question will be right in front of voters' faces this fall. A referendum on whether to hold a constitutional convention comes up every 20 years in Illinois, and 2008 is the year. AM 580's Jim Meadows has this two-part series.

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Categories: Government, Politics

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 16, 2008

Labor Leader: The Course Needs Changing

Since the beginning of the new millennium, the US has lost millions of jobs to countries overseas. With a recession looming, many union leaders say more hard times lie ahead for the working class. Richard Trumka is the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO. He says it's time to switch from a public policy of constant deregulation to one that empowers American workers. AM 580's Michael Koliska talked to Trumka during a visit to he University of Illinois.

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Categories: Politics
Tags: labor, politics

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