Champaign County seal, displayed in the Champaign County Boardroom.

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September 30, 2015 - News Local/State

Champaign County Board Approves Clinton Landfill Consent Decree

The Champaign County Board approved the Clinton Landfill consent decree fifteen to five with one abstention, joining 11 other local governments in the the Mahomet Aquifer Coalition. Two members of the coalition have scheduled votes in October.

This Wednesday, June 10, 2015 photo shows chip credit cards in Philadelphia.

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September 29, 2015 - News Local/State

IRMA Head: US Issued ‘Chip’ Credit Cards Don’t Go Far Enough

October 1st is the soft deadline for US merchants to offer payment systems for the new 'chip and sign' cards, already provided by a number of banks in the country.  But Illinois Retail Merchants Association President Rob Karr says the card's magnetic stripe still makes consumers vulnerable to fraud.

Eastern Illinois University logo

Eastern Illinois University

September 29, 2015 - News Local/State

EIU Says Cost-Cutting Measures Sliced Deficit To $1 Million

The cuts include not only layoffs and furloughs, but a 20 percent reduction to intercollegiate athletics.  The school also made $500,000 through enrollment increases.

Attorney Sally Scott of Chicago-based Franczek Radelet discusses the Unit 4 consent decree during a school board meeting at Central High School Monday.

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September 29, 2015 - News Local/State

Unit 4 Board Reviews Consent Decree; Community Seeks More Improvements

Attorney Sally Scott of Chicago-based Franczek Radelet provided a brief history of the Unit 4 consent decree, and its 2009 settlement to address racial inequities.  But community leaders who worked on the agreement want more changes in areas like discipline and hiring. 

Foellinger Auditorium on the main quad of the University of Illinois Urbana campus.

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September 28, 2015 - News Local/State

New Background Policy Delayed For U Of I Urbana Campus

A new policy requiring criminal background checks for all new University of Illinois employees will not be implemented on the Urbana campus until November 1st, following a request from the Academic Senate.

Sarah Thompson of Paxton speaks about the ABLE Act to a small audience at the Developmental Services Center of Champaign on Monday.

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September 28, 2015 - News Local/State

Politicians Promote Savings Plan For Disability Care

Illinois will be among the first states to implement a savings program for the lifelong care of people with disabilities. The financial planning tool is being promoted at a time when many state-funded services for those with disabilities are not being paid.

In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in Chicago after his arraignment on charges of violating banking rules and lying to the FBI after he allegedly agreed in 2010 to pay $3.5 million to s

Christian K. Lee/AP, File

September 28, 2015 - News Local/State

Ex-House Speaker Hastert Lawyers Talking Possible Plea Deal

Attorneys for the former U.S. House Speaker from Illinois say a possible plea deal has been reached in his hush-money case.  A May indictment said Hastert agreed to pay someone identified as "Individual A" to keep them from identifying past misconduct.

The United States was in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse on April 15, 2014. Depending on local weather conditions, the public got a spectacular view looking into the sky as the moon's appearance changed from bright o

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September 25, 2015 - News Local/State

Rare Super Moon And Lunar Eclipse Sunday

On Sunday night, a total lunar eclipse will coincide with a super moon and a blood moon for the first time in over three decades. When a super moon occurs the moon is at its closest point to the earth and can appear up to fourteen percent larger. The red tint of a blood moon is a side effect of the lunar eclipse where the moon passes into its own shadow. This combination won’t happen again until 2033.

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