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217 Today: Illinois Treasurer candidates discuss taxes and the potential merger of the treasurer and comptroller offices

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • An advocate for the effort to end cash bail in Illinois says the lawsuits filed to overturn the SAFE-T Act in Vermilion County and other communities are political, not legal, in nature.
  • Urbana School District 116 is considering raising substitute teacher pay again this year to at least $150 a day.
  • The Champaign County Board has rejected a request by owners of the former county nursing home for permission to sell the facility to new owners who would run it as a drug treatment center.
  • As part of its annual Islam awareness week, the Muslim Student Association at the University of Illinois held its yearly “Wear a Hijab Day” on Monday. 

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear from both candidates running for Illinois Treasurer: incumbent Democrat Mike Frerichs and his challenger, Republican state representative Tom Demmer.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Tim Shelley, Emily Hays, Jim Meadows, Nour Longi and Jerry Nowicki.

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Sydney Wood

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