Votes at county board meeting aired live on TV

URBANA — The Champaign County Board made local history Thursday night when members' roll call votes were projected onto the board meeting's television feed.

The new feature of televised board meetings, broadcast live over local cable TV channels, was created by the county clerk's office, which keeps official records of the meetings.

"Each roll call vote will be noticed on the board and streamed live on television as they are cast. This is in the interest of transparency," board chairman Alan Kurtz said as the first roll call vote of the night — on the board's consent agenda — was recorded. Roll call votes also will be immediately posted on the county board's website.

There were no controversial votes to record at Thursday's meeting, although there had been rumors before it that Republicans would speak out against the reappointment of Democrats Brad Diel and Margaret Chaplan to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board.

But no Republicans spoke on the reappointments, nor did they vote against them.

The meeting, which began at 7 p.m., was adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

Eighteen of the 22 board members were at Thursday night's meeting. Among those absent: Democrats Michael Richards and Rachel Schwartz, and Republicans Stan Harper and Jon Schroeder.

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