Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Area update: April 5, 2013

Attorneys at odds over health board's shake-up

GILMAN — The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department's attorney claims the recent removal of three board of health members by the Iroquois County Board was illegal, but the county's state's attorney disagrees.

Attorney Ron Boyer advised the newly reorganized board of health of his opinion this week.

Township supervisor candidates tilt about fiscal responsibility

CHAMPAIGN — Both candidates say this year's City of Champaign Township supervisor race is about fiscal responsibility, but challenger Andy Quarnstrom thinks his opponent's office could be doing more.

Treated-water sale to Tuscola plant on table

URBANA — Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District officials will be considering a deal to pump treated wastewater directly to a fertilizer facility looking to locate near Tuscola instead of into local streams.

City engineer gets 90 days for DUI; will serve it on electronic home detention

URBANA — The city engineer for Champaign was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in the county jail and two years of probation after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

Rival alleges 'pattern of ... overassessment'

URBANA — Just days before the election, the challenger to incumbent Cunningham Township Assessor Dan Stebbins' office says 2013 has shown a "pattern of systemic overassessment."

Residents to discuss Champaign school site ideas

CHAMPAIGN — Several Champaign residents are hosting a grass-roots, interactive workshop to talk about their ideas for where the school district should put a new Central High School.

It's scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Sunday in the Foundation Room, Room 222, of the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.

Officer who shot family's dog suspended for day without pay

Punishment related to bullet that went through apartment

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign police officer who fired his gun in a residential neighborhood last fall, killing a dog and sending a round through a nearby apartment, has been suspended for a day without pay.

G-RF candidates offer their views

GEORGETOWN — Candidates for the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school board answered questions and gave their views to an audience of about 65 at a forum this week.

Three four-year seats on the board will be up for election on April 9, as will one two-year seat.

Champaign looking into lifting ban on backyard chicken pens

CHAMPAIGN — Backyard chickens will get a hearing in Champaign after the city council this week agreed to hold a discussion on the topic, but that does not guarantee that representatives will remove a prohibition on urban fowl.

Newcomer facing 3-term alderman is familiar face to Danville council

DANVILLE — In the race for Danville alderman in Ward 5, longtime incumbent Michael Puhr is pitted against newcomer Janis Ostiguy.

While Ostiguy is new to running for an elected position, she is not new to the Danville City Council.