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Trustee’s lawyer says Parkland board ‘wrong on all counts’

Fri, 06/09/2017 – 7:00am | Tom Kacich

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URBANA — In legal briefs filed Thursday, the attorney for a Parkland College faculty member recently elected to the board of trustees says that the community college board’s claim that she should be prohibited from doing both is “wrong on all counts,” and that Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis should rule against the board.

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-06-09/trustees-lawyer-says-parkland-board-wrong-all-counts.html

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Calling Representatives

Our representatives need support. The following list of representatives are the 15 Republicans who voted for Senate Bill 6, Senate Bill 9, and Senate Bill 42. Today at 1:30 pm the Illinois State House of Representatives will vote to override the Governor’s veto of the bills.

Call them and ask them to . . .

Stand Strong for Illinois Community Colleges

Rep. Steve Andersson, R-Geneva 217-782-5457
Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Mt. Vernon 217-782-0387
Rep. John Cavaletto, R-Salem 217-782-0066
Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville 217-782-1840
Rep. Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago 217-782-1653
Rep. Norine Hammond, R-Macomb 217-782-0416
Rep. David Harris, R-Mount Prospect 217-782-3739
Rep. Chad Hays, R-Danville 217-782-4811
Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, R-Springfield 217-782-0044
Rep. Charles Meier, R-Highland 217-782-6401
Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Decatur 217-782-8163
Rep. Reggie Phillips, R-Charleston 217-558-1040
Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Sycamore 217-782-0425
Rep. David Reis, R-Olney 217-782-2087
Rep. Michael D. Unes, R-East Peoria 217-782-8152

Senate Bill 6: What Is at Stake

Senate Bill 6: What Is at Stake

Tomorrow, Thursday, July 6, 2017, the House will take a vote on Senate Bill 6 along with Senate Bill 9 and Senate Bill 42. All three bills will restore funding to higher education in the state of Illinois to all public colleges and universities, including Parkland College.

It is hard to imagine the depth of the destruction the lack of a state budget has caused, but it is also difficult to fathom the devastation that will continue if this bill does not pass the House with a veto-proof majority. In an effort to educate people about what is at stake, I have gathered together the line items in the bill that specifically relate to the funding Illinois community colleges will receive via the Illinois Community College Board and the funding our poorest students will receive when MAP grant funds  are restored via Illinois Student Assistance Commission. See the link below.

Senate Bill 6 – What Is at Stake

Articles and Interviews


Parkland College’s First African-American Trustee Faces Questions Due To Faculty Position

April 10, 2017 | BY JIM MEADOWS
https://will.illinois.edu/news/story/parkland-colleges-first-african-american-trustee-faces-questions-due-to-her


UPDATED: Harden troubled by board’s decision

Thu, 04/27/2017 – 7:00am | Tom Kacich
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-04-27/no-controversy-hardens-swearing-first-black-parkland-trustee.html

Can students vote?

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Absolutely! If you voted in town for the last presidential election in November 2016, then you are eligible to vote in the April 4th election.

As a Parkland student, you should take an interest in who is on the Parkland Board of Trustees. The Board decides when to raise tuition and fees, fund a program, begin a new program, or discontinue programs with low enrollment, for example. The Board has a lot of responsibilities that affects students.

Where is my polling place?

If you live in one of the larger apartment complexes, you can find your polling place below. If you are not sure or you want to double-check, here is the link to the Champaign County Clerk’s office that can give you that information. Champaign County Clerk’s Office Voter Information

Parkland Pointe
2002 W Bradley Ave.
Champaign, IL 61821

Polling Place:

Farm Bureau
801 Country Fair Dr.
Champaign IL 61821

Map        Driving Directions

One South
1321 N. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Polling Place:

Mt. Olive Baptist Church
808 E Bradley Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820

Map         Driving Directions

One North
1601 N. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Polling Place:

Mt. Olive Baptist Church
808 E Bradley Ave
Champaign, IL 61820

Map        Driving Directions

Westgate Apartments
1600 West Bradley Ave.
Champaign, IL 61821

Polling Place:

IL Employment and Training Ctr.
1307 N Mattis Ave.
Champaign, IL 61821

Map     Driving Directions

Town Center Apartments
2413 N Neil St.
Champaign, IL 61820

Polling Place:

The Church Of The Living God
312 E Bradley Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820

Map     Driving Directions

Champaign Apartments
2407 Hampshire Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820

Polling Place:

The Church Of The Living God
312 E Bradley Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820

Map     Driving Directions

Nantucket Cove Apartments
2001 Moreland Blvd.
Champaign, IL 61822

Polling Place:

The Church Of The Living God
312 E Bradley Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820

Map     Driving Directions

Can I vote early?

Yes! There are several early voting places in town, but the closest to Parkland is The Church of the Living God in Champaign on Bradley Ave.  The most popular early voting place is the Office of the Champaign Country Clerk in Urbana.

The Church of the Living God
312 E Bradley Ave, Champaign
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  • Friday, March 31: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, April 1: 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Sunday, April 2: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Monday, April 3: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Office of the Champaign County Clerk
1776 East Washington Street, Urbana
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  • Monday, March 20 through Thursday, March 30: weekdays 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Friday, March 31: 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, April 1: 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Sunday, April 2: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Monday, April 3: 8:00am – 6:00pm

What will my ballot look like?

It depends where you live. However, because the Parkland Community College District 505 covers 11 different counties including most of Champaign County, the information about the Parkland  Board of Trustee Election will be the same. Like any election, you need to take the time to research all the candidates on the ballot. The easiest way to do that is to Google the person’s name and see what news article come up about them. You might also look for a candidate forum where all of the candidates answer the same questions to help you identify the differences between the candidates. As with any major decision, it should be taken seriously and researched to the best of your ability.

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