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Michael DeArmond, Champaign County NAACP President Patricia Avery, and Champaign City Council member Will Kyles participate in Saturday's march and rally.
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CU Area Project Rallies To End Gun Violence

A rally to end gun violence over the weekend in Champaign also served as a tribute to a local gun violence victim. Michael DeArmond as among those leading a march of 35 people on the city’s north side Saturday, on what would have been his daughter, Desirie DeArmond Austin’s 25th birthday. The 35 participating wore T-shirts carrying Desirie’s photo, as well as the names of 17 others who lost their lives due to gun violence in recent years. The group marched from Champaign's Hazel Park to Martin Luther King Park in Urbana.

Urbana Republican Mayoral candidate Rex Bradfield
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Bradfield Talks Tax Base, Business Expansion In Third Bid For Mayor

Next week’s mayoral election in Urbana marks Rex Bradfield’s third bid for the office. He’s twice lost to current mayor Laurel Prussing (in 2009 and 2013), but this time, the Republican engineer and land surveyor faces Democratic Alderwoman Diane Marlin. Bradfield says if he’s elected next week, his top priority is expanding Urbana’s tax base.  He says there’s been no stability in what developers can expect when they pitch projects to the city council in recent years. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves the White House in Washington Friday after meeting with President Donald Trump.
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Republicans Kill Health Care Vote As GOP Members Defect

House Republicans have scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass. NPR's Susan Davis reports that GOP leadership says the Friday afternoon vote is now scrapped after House Speaker Paul Ryan made a last-minute trip to the White House to tell President Trump that the votes weren't there to pass their replacement plan, the American Health Care Act. Trump agreed with Ryan's plan to halt the vote.

Senator Durbin at the Boys & Girls Club in Springfield.
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Durbin Goes After Trump Budget in Springfield

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) made a stop at the Springfield Boys & Girls Club, saying it’s funding is under threat by President Trump’s budget proposal.

A leading Democrat in Congress, Durbin also took the opportunity to attack the Republican healthcare plan. He says given the opposition from medical providers, he doesn’t understand how a Congressman from Illinois could support it.

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill.
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Hospital Tax Exemptions Still In Place, As High Court Sends Carle Case Back To Circuit Court

The long-running legal fight between the Carle Foundation and Urbana and other local governments over hospital tax exemptions will last a little longer.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an appellate court that ruled against current state law on the exemptions lacked the jurisdiction to do so. The high court sent the case back to circuit court. And for now at least, the 2012 state law defining how much charity work a hospital must provide to earn a tax exemption stays in place.