Politics and Government

Harrison is new Champaign County GOP chairman

URBANA -- Kyle Harrison, who was unopposed, was elected the new chairman of the Champaign County Republican Party Wednesday.

Harrison, a 38-year-old Champaign real estate broker, replaces Habeeb Habeeb, who is stepping down after two years as party chair.

Klein re-elected Dem chair for Champaign County

URBANA — Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten, Sheriff Dan Walsh and Treasurer Dan Welch may find themselves alone on the ballot now, but come November's general election, local Democrats are determined to give all three opposition.

County board move could be next step to consolidating jails

URBANA -- A Champaign County Board committee Wednesday night voted to ask firms to submit request for qualifications to undertake a facility master plan for sheriff's law enforcement, jail operations and support programs.

The move could be the next step toward consolidating the two county jails, one in downtown Urbana and the newer, satellite facility in east Urbana.

Gibson City waives fee for coin-operated amusement machines


GIBSON CITY — The council voted this week to waive the fee assessed to businesses for coin-operated amusement machines.

There are 40 such machines throughout the city — everything from pool tables and jukeboxes to state-regulated gaming machines. Previously, the city charged businesses $50 each for the first five in an establishment and $25 for any others.

Tolono near final list on road work

TOLONO — The board is expected to decide at its next meeting how much money to spend on street repairs this year — and where those repairs will be made.

Two weeks ago, engineer Tim LaRocque of Foth Infrastructure and Environment presented the village board with a list of streets that could be repaired and how much those repairs would cost.

Budget near for Ford health department

PAXTON — The board plans to approve the first budget for the county's newly created public health department in May, showing projected expenses of $898,208 and revenues of $936,844.

The proposed budget, presented to the county board this week, was created by Steve Williams, the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department's interim administrator.

Monticello OKs measures for recreation funding

MONTICELLO — The council approved two measures aimed at providing funding for recreation facilities.

The first earmarks video gaming revenues toward a new parks and playground equipment fund.

MTD likely to take over rural transit

URBANA -- The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District probably will take over Champaign County's rural transit system on Oct.

Klein: More errors in county's primary results

URBANA — New accusations of errors in the official results of the March 18 primary election in Champaign County have been leveled by Al Klein, head of the county's Democratic Party.

But County Clerk Gordy Hulten, a Republican, says he is confident in the results and accuses Klein of "playing politics."

Officers renewing request for Tasers

URBANA — Police Chief Patrick Connolly thinks it's time to let Urbana officers carry Tasers, and city officials are anticipating that not everybody in the community will be on the same page.

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