Politics and Government
DANVILLE — Danville election officials opened and processed a number of absentee ballots more than a week before the election, which local Republicans are calling a violation of state law and a threat to the fairness of the process.
After three days, 4,258 people already have cast ballots with the Champaign County Clerk's office. Regular mail-in absentee ballots accounted for 1,709 votes, in-person absentee ballots for 694, and most of the rest were from early voting that began at eight locations on Monday.
URBANA — After a lengthy debate, Champaign County Board members voted Thursday night to end further consideration of using the 35-year-old downtown Urbana jail as a correctional facility.
But the building still could be considered for use as a possible sheriff's office.
CHAMPAIGN — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner said Thursday he would "make sure" that the Mahomet Aquifer was protected from hazardous substances if he wins the Nov. 4 election.
A recent opinion on vote counting by the Illinois attorney general won't impact election day operations in Champaign County.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is advising county clerks to hold off on counting early and absentee votes until the polls close. That's in an effort to prevent results from leaking out early.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois has formed a task force to advise on responding to the Ebola virus.
TOLONO — The village of Tolono is moving toward an eventual ban on leaf burning.
VILLA GROVE — The Villa Grove school board will request a 4.99 percent tax levy this year.
URBANA — Police Chief Patrick Connolly says he wants to start training officers on how to use Tasers as soon as December and plans to have a draft policy ready for city council approval in November.