Urbana School Dis. Supt. Don Owen, flanked by are St. Senators Andy Manar & Scott Bennett, St. Rep. Carol Ammons and Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin.
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August 10, 2017

Urbana School Supt. & Local Democratic Lawmakers Call For Override To Ensure School Funding

Democrats have kept up a steady attack on Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, their education funding reform bill. And at a news conference in Urbana Thursday, they spelled out some of their complaints --- and their worst fear, that the state would enter the new school year with no state funding for public schools.

Patricia Avery and Tio Hardiman talking before Avery's official announcement as a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.
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August 10, 2017

Avery Announces Candidacy For Lieutenant Governor

Current Champaign County NAACP President and former Champaign County Board Chair Patricia Avery announced her candidacy for Illinois Lieutenant Governor Thursday, running with Democratic candidate for governor Tio Hardiman.

Lockers in a school hallway.
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August 10, 2017

New Teacher Pension Payments Passed To Districts

Thanks to a new state pension law, school districts will now have to pay new teacher pensions. But Governor Rauner's amendatory veto cut the part of SB 1 that would've recognized those pension payments as part of a school's cost of doing business.​

Gov. Bruce Rauner
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August 09, 2017

Governor Signs Procurement Reform Bill

Governor Bruce Rauner came to the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus Wednesday to sign a bill streamlining the procurement process for state institutions. The bill (SB 8) regulates purchases throughout state government. But the measure is one that state universities have particularly wanted to speed up the process of purchasing goods and equipment.

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