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Douglas County voters to have say on sales tax

TUSCOLA — Shoppers could pay more for items they buy in Douglas County if a countywide ballot question is approved on April 9.

Voters are being asked to approve a 1 percent sales tax to help school districts pay for building improvements and pay off construction debt.

Champaign council contest reverses roles

Editor's note: See Sunday's News-Gazette for a Q&A with both candidates.

CHAMPAIGN — Will Kyles' biggest supporter has become his biggest obstacle.

School board to consider extending Wiegand's contract

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board Monday will consider a contract extension for Superintendent Judy Wiegand, vote on a request for several new faculty and staff members next year and hear a report about next year's projected budget.

State clears county nursing home after investigation

SPRINGFIELD — State public health investigators have found no deficiencies at the Champaign County Nursing Home after being called to look into an unusual number of deaths this winter.

"There were no findings and no citations were issued," Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Health, said Friday. "We didn't find any violations of the Nursing Home Care Act."

Candidate forum set in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN - The Georgetown Ladies Community Club will sponsor a forum Monday for candidates running for mayor, city clerk and alderman in the upcoming election on April 9.

The forum will be an opportunity for the citizens of Georgetown to meet the candidates. The forum will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Georgetown Community Center at 220 E. West St., Georgetown.

Arthur voters have choices for village president, board

ARTHUR — Arthur voters will have several choices to make when they head to the polls on April 9.

Incumbent Village President Matt Bernius is being challenged by former Douglas County Democratic Party Chairman Rob Fustin.

Meanwhile, five candidates are running for three seats on the Arthur village board.

Three candidates for DACC board

Three candidates are running for two open seats on the Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees in the April 9 consolidated election. The winners will serve a six-year term.

Here's a look at the candidates and their stance on funding and academic issues.

Harry Brockus

43 on Tuesday, Hoopeston

Political experience: None

Some school districts' financial ratings drop

Several local school districts are among those whose financial rankings have gone down as a result of tough economic times, even after being adjusted for delays in state payments.

The Illinois State Board of Education's annual financial profile of the state's public schools was released during its monthly board meeting Wednesday.

Homer boil order lifted

HOMER  - A boil order for the village of Homer has been lifted.

Village Clerk Sharon Jeffers said the order to boil water for drinking was lifted about 8:30 a.m. Friday after four different water samples were found to be fine.

A drop in pressure in the water system about 7:30 a.m. Thursday necessitated the order, Jeffers said.

Danville mayor monitoring gas prices

DANVILLE — The mayor of Danville is about 40 days into tracking local gas prices, comparing them to prices in other Illinois cities, including Champaign-Urbana, to determine if there's any evidence of price fixing.