Champaign County Nursing Home
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April 03, 2017

Voting Day: Guide To Area Elections

Voters across Illinois head to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots in races that include mayors and village presidents, tax measures, school board members and other questions.

In recent weeks, Illinois Public Media reporters have covered the issues, interviewed the candidates and explained what's at stake in many area elections. On election day, here's your guide to what's on some of the ballots. 

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Urbana Republican Mayoral candidate Rex Bradfield
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March 26, 2017

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. 

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The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill.
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March 23, 2017

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.

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