Politics and Government

Politics and Government

$6 million setback

Carle's tax exemption will hammer more than two dozen area taxing districts this year, especially the Urbana school district — and next year, the burden will likely fall on taxpayers' shoulders

URBANA — A property tax exemption given to the Carle Foundation will cost more than two dozen taxing districts in Champaign County nearly $6 million in lost revenue this year.

UI panel releases record of closed meeting on honorary degree for Khan

CHAMPAIGN — Billionaire alumnus Shahid Khan will deliver the commencement address at the University of Illinois next month, but he will not be awarded an honorary degree, at least not this year.

Catlin considers whether to stay in national lunch program

CATLIN — School officials are considering pulling the district out of the National School Lunch Program in order to gain more freedom in lunch offerings, and may vote on the idea next month.

Homer candidate lets 1-vote margin stand

HOMER — A village board candidate says he does not plan to seek a recount in the race he lost this week by just one vote.

Billy Mitchell garnered 108 votes on Tuesday but lost to Kevin Knott, who ended up with 109 votes.

GOP women's clubs set conference in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois Federation of Republican Women is holding its spring conference, "It's Time — Republican Women," featuring Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman as the keynote speaker.

Survey of Danville teens: Some good signs, some troubles

DANVILLE — The good news: Fewer Vermilion County high school students are drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and marijuana, attempting suicide, and using unhealthy methods to lose weight.

16-story building planned for Fourth and Green

CHAMPAIGN — A 16-story apartment building has been proposed for the northwest corner of Fourth and Green streets in Campustown — where an IHOP restaurant and convenience store now stand.

Rauner: UI would be key for state economy

CHAMPAIGN — Likely Republican gubernatorial contender Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that the University of Illinois would be a key element in his plan to revitalize Illinois' economy.

The Winnetka businessman, one of at least five Republicans considering running for governor next year, also said he was prepared to "play hardball" with special-interest groups if elected.

Teacher named assistant principal at Danville

DANVILLE — A Danville High School teacher is heading to the assistant principal's office.

The Danville school board on Wednesday tapped Jacob Bretz to serve as an assistant principal and the ACE House administrator next year.

Paxton group has plans for restoring former sheriff residence and jail

PAXTON — Sitting vacant and deteriorating for years, the historic former Ford County sheriff's residence and jail on the courthouse square is expected to be restored and put to use, now that it has a new owner.