Politics and Government

Politics and Government

John Roska: Headphones a no-no while driving

Q: Is it illegal to drive wearing headphones?

A:Yes, in Illinois, unless it's a Bluetooth headset for one ear. Any other kind of headphones or headset is prohibited.

County board election picture becoming clearer

URBANA — Most Champaign County Board members whose terms run out next year say they intend to run again.

Of the 11 board members whose full terms expire in December 2016, six say they'll run again, three won't, one is still undecided and one — Rantoul Republican Diane Michaels — could not be reached.

Champaign County's newest judge sworn in

URBANA — Ronald Holliman said when his daughter was 5 years old she announced to him that she was going to be a lawyer.

"She's got tunnel vision. When she sets her mind on something, that's all she sees," Holliman said of his youngest daughter, who was sworn in Friday morning as the newest associate judge in the 6th Judicial Circuit.

Rauner signs bill allowing township government to dissolve

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a bill that will allow a southern Illinois township board to vote to dissolve the unit of government to save taxpayer funds.

Vote on background check policy nears

URBANA — University of Illinois officials Thursday sought to dispel fears about a proposed policy that will require background checks for all new employees.

Under development for almost two years, the policy is in the final stages of review and will be voted on by UI trustees Sept. 10.

Champaign police, business owners discuss downtown violence

CHAMPAIGN — Don't blame The Highdive for the recent surge in violence downtown, the nightclub's owner told a gathering of business leaders and police Thursday.

"Is this just crime in this town is going up?" Carlos Nieto asked, pointing out that there have been eight murders in Champaign in the past year. "I never remember anything of that magnitude. That's been unprecedented."

Christie embarks on TV blitz

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie is on a TV blitz of ads and appearances as he works to gain traction in his 2016 Republican presidential primary campaign.

Democratic Party lags in money before presidential year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor.

Farmer City action will allow wine tasting at market

FARMER CITY — The city council approved another class of liquor license — Class I — which will allow wine tasting at the Wednesday farmers market.

Per the new class, the market — which runs from 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday — will be allowed to host one business owner that can offer wine tasting and sales.

Property taxes coming due

This is your one-week warning: The second installment of property taxes is due next week in all but one area county.

Here are counties and the due date for each:

Champaign: Sept. 1

Coles: Sept. 28

DeWitt: Sept. 1

Douglas: Sept. 1

Ford: Sept. 4