Politics and Government

Politics and Government

GOP cries foul over Danville officials processing some absentee ballots

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.

Countdown to Nov. 4: 11 days

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.

Old jail ruled out as future detention site

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.

Rauner stops in Champaign

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.

Attorney general advice won't impact election day procedures in Champaign County

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.

State of Illinois sets up Ebola task force

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois has formed a task force to advise on responding to the Ebola virus.

Corporate giants funding state ballot initiatives

PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

Tolono leaf-burn restrictions OK'd

TOLONO — The village of Tolono is moving toward an eventual ban on leaf burning.

4.9% tax levy to raise revenue for Villa Grove schools

VILLA GROVE — The Villa Grove school board will request a 4.99 percent tax levy this year.

Urbana police may start Taser training in December

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.