January 25, 2016

Champaign Council To Discuss ‘BYOB’ Proposal

The discussion at Tuesday night's Champaign City Council study session is aimed to benefit a handful of businesses, including one restaurant and a 'paint and sip' business in the city.  Some other Illinois cities have addressed the 'Bring Your Own Bottle' idea, including Chicago and a few suburbs.

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January 22, 2016

Service Provider Cutting 30 Programs Because of Budget Impasse

The state's largest private provider of social services is closing 30 programs serving nearly 5,000 people.  Lutheran Social Services of Illinois announced Friday it is laying off 750 employees -  about 43 percent of its staff.   President and CEO Mark Stutrud says the state owes $6 million.

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January 21, 2016

Illinois-American Water Requests 18% Rate Hike

A spokeperson for the water company says the request would amount to an increase of $7.50 on a typical bill.  But because of the Illinois Commerce Commission's 11 month review process, it likely wouldn't be approved until January 2017.  

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January 21, 2016

Rauner Supports Democrat’s Pension Plan With Union Measure

llinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s made a big compromise with the top Senate Democrats on pensions.  But those same Democrats - say there is no compromise at all.  Rauner told reporters Thursday that he spoke to Senate President John Cullerton and they agreed to move forward.  But Cullerton says Rauner misrepresented their conversations.

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