Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Hello, new budget year

Unlike a certain Midwestern state, the cities of Champaign and Urbana will officially be operating under new budgets starting July 1.

Tom's #Mailbag, June 24, 2016

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Lots of transportation-related questions in the 'bag this week, along with some local history.

Illinois earns more than double in license plate late fees

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Secretary of State's decision not to send license plate renewal reminders has earned the state more than twice the amount of late fees so far this year compared to last year.

After Orlando, slight cracks in gun-rights' grip on Congress

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Britain votes to leave EU: Cameron to resign; markets rocked

DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press
JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

Area update: Bement won't grant Lions Club fund request

BEMENT — The village board voted 3-1 to deny a request for a donation by the Bement Lions Club.

Gene Schnierle spoke on behalf of the local non-profit and asked for a $1,000 or "any monetary help" to cover startup costs for water bills associated with the Lions Club's recent purchase of the old Bement Country Opry building.

U.K. pound plunges as referendum results point to EU exit

DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press
JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

First town hall on school plans brings out 100

CHAMPAIGN — About 100 people — mostly parents and retirees — filtered through Seely Hall at Central High School on Thursday evening to assess and share opinions on the Champaign school board's plans for six of its schools.

Task force starts with listening

CHAMPAIGN — From discipline in schools to deaths in the largely black Champaign County Jail, community members shared their personal experiences with racial disparity in criminal justice and how they thought it could be improved at a community forum held by the Champaign County Racial Justice Task Force on Thursday night.

No decision yet on ballot question for nursing home tax

URBANA — Any action on a request to increase Champaign County's operating tax for the county nursing home has been put off to July or August, county board members decided Thursday.