Urbana Landmark Hotel entrance from Lincoln Square Mall

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July 02, 2019 - News Local/State

Urbana City Council OK’s Downtown Hotel Redevelopment Deal

The Urbana City Council voted 6-0 Monday night to approve a redevelopment agreement to help finance a Maryland hotel developer’s plan to renovate and reopen the downtown Urbana Landmark Hotel.

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July 01, 2019 - The 21st Show

Policing The Dairy Industry; Fiction Book Recommendations; Women’s World Cup Semi-Final Preview; Whataburger Sold To Chicago

Earlier this month, activists released video of alleged animal abuse at a farm in Indiana. So, who actually makes sure animals are treated humanely? And, all this week we’re bringing you some reading recommendations for the summer. Today, we’re starting off with fiction. Also, we'll have a preview of the Women's World Cup semi-final match between the U.S. and England. Plus, a Chicago investment firm recently bought Whataburger, one of Texas’ most beloved fast food chains.

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June 10, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinoisans To Pay More Tax When Shopping Online

Illinoisans are likely to have to pay more sales tax when shopping online after state lawmakers made two big changes to tax rules. State tax collections are expected to increase by $288 million this year.

House Speaker Michael Madigan speaking to colleagues and Governor J.B. Pritzker

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June 02, 2019 - News Local/State

Budget Done — Building And Gambling Plans To Go

Illinoisans will soon pay more for gasoline and cigarettes. Those are just two tax increases needed to pay for a $45 billion infrastructure plan, which includes money from sports betting and additional casinos.

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