2015-07-09Landlords of single properties are not the only ones getting tax breaks under General Homestead Exemption. Companies that own cooperative apartments or retirement life-care communities also can get multiple exemptions under state law.
2015-07-09Champaign County landlords are reaping more than $20 million in tax exemptions a year by taking advantage of a loosely written state law and an interpretation of that law by the county supervisor of assessments. The law, known as the General Homestead Exemption, allows homeowners to deduct up to $6,000 from their annual property assessment if they live in their homes. That means homeowners can save several hundred...
Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- In the past four months, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District shut down seven restaurants because of issues that put customers at risk.
By Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- A Champaign restaurant received one of the worst health inspection scores on record after inspectors found dried meat and blood on its wall in April.
Inspectors closed Ichiban Buffet, located at 105 N. Mattis Avenue in Champaign, after it received a -56 out of 100 on its April 27 health inspection.
And as the state superintendent of education, it is Christopher Koch's job to watch over all of them."I oversee the implantation of pre-K through 12 education," said Koch, who has held his position since the end of 2006. "We need to look not just at whether kids are attaining a grade level, but whether they're closing achievement gaps that are in place."
She eagerly volunteered in classrooms and enthusiastically helped staff school events. She worked her way up to be recognized as a leader of her local parent-teacher organization.
A 2013 Illinois State Board of Education report shows Champaign public schools' four year high school graduation rate at just over 86 percent, approximately three percent higher than the state average.