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2016 general election results for Sangamon County

Jeff Burnett, Staff Writer

November 30

Filed under Features, Journal Archives, National News, News, Politics, Top Stories

In the 2016 general election cycle, Sangamon County had a slight increase of 4.5 percent in voter turnout or 99,402 (72.92 percent) of registered voters casting ballots at the polls compared to the 2012 election with only 95,156...

AT&T to acquire Time Warner in biggest buyout in U.S. history

Jeff Burnett, Staff Writer

November 2

Filed under National News, News

AT&T, Inc. announced that it will acquire Time Warner, Inc. in a stock-and-cash transaction agreement valued at $85.4 billion, making it the third-largest media buyout in U.S. history. The board of directors of both companies...

Latino vote becoming increasingly important

Sean Blackwell, Staff Writer

October 12

Filed under Journal Archives, National News, News

The Latino or Hispanic vote is increasingly powerful, and Latino Millennials hold nearly half of that power, giving them the potential to pick the next president of the United States. In the United States, particularly during...

Federal grants made available to help substance abuse victims

Jeff Burnett, Staff Writer

September 21

Filed under Features, Journal Archives, National News, News

Community groups in Illinois will receive $3.2 million in federal grants from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to help prevent youth substance abuse across the state. “By working alongside local coalitions,...

Redistricting amendment rehearing denied

Jeff Burnett, Staff Writer

September 21

Filed under Journal Archives, National News, News

The Illinois Supreme Court denied a rehearing on the redistricting amendment on Sept. 13, which it ruled unconstitutional earlier this month, meaning that the amendment would not appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. “We cannot afford...

Native American protests halt construction on Dakota Access Pipeline

Megan Swett, Assistant Editor for News

September 21

Filed under Journal Archives, National News, News

After seven years of controversy and protests, the Keystone XL Pipeline project was rejected by the Obama administration in November 2015. President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry cited concerns over the environmental...

Zika Virus case confirmed in Champaign County

Aeriel Storey, Staff Writer

September 14

Filed under National News, News, State News

On Friday, Sept. 2, Champaign County confirmed its first case of a Zika virus infection. According to reports from The News Gazette, the case was at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, but public health officials could...

Redistricting referendum struck down by Illinois Supreme Court

Jeff Burnett, Staff Writer

September 7

Filed under Journal Archives, National News, News, State News

The Illinois Supreme Court voted along partisan lines last Thursday, ruling 4-3 that the redistricting referendum proposed by Independent Maps is unconstitutional and will not be on the November ballot. “The Illinois Supreme...