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.
They say home birth would be safer in Illinois if the government licensed certified professional midwives like them by helping people distinguish between trained and untrained midwives and reducing the number of unassisted home births.
But opponents, who believe hospitals are the safest place for birth, say they will continue to oppose legislation for licensing them.
Roughly 800 babies in Illinois are born at home each year. Without access to licensed providers, families resort to hiring “underground” midwives, who may or may not have adequate training. Or, like Cheryl and Joshua, they simply go it alone.
Although doctors and nurse midwives can assist home births, very few of them actually do, leaving many women without a single legal home-birth provider.
Experts discuss what some activists call a home birth crisis in one such state, Illinois.