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News Headlines – October 13, 2017

Last Updated on October 12th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Cook County’s soda tax will end in December. The University of Illinois wants to study free speech on campus. Rockford’s sheriff is making good on his promise to lay off dozens of deputies. The Cubs are looking at a do or die Game Five.

>>Cook County To End Unpopular Soda Tax In December

(Chicago, IL) — Shoppers in Cook County have just over a month and a half left til they can stop paying more for soda and sweet tea. County leaders yesterday officially repealed the unpopular penny-per-ounce Cook County soda tax. County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who was the tax’s only real supporter, said it’s now up to tax opponents to plug a 200 million-dollar hole in the county’s budget that tax was designed to fill.

>>U Of I Wants Free Speech Task Force

(Urbana, IL) — The University of Illinois is going to study free speech. The school yesterday announced a task force to develop policies to avoid ‘disruptions’ at campus events and classes. Interim Provost John Wilkin says the idea is to make sure the school knows how to handle protestors who may want to interrupt any speaker that they don’t agree with. Wilkin said the university wants to protect free speech while ‘engaging with the divisive sorts of things’ you sometimes see in campus speeches.

>>Winnebago Sheriff Orders 74 Layoffs After Budget Cut

(Rockford, IL) — Winnebago County’s sheriff is making good on his promise to lay off the county’s entire courthouse security team because of a budget cut. Sheriff Gary Caruana yesterday told 64 reserve deputies that their last day will be next Friday. The sheriff also laid off ten jail guards. Caruana said he has no choice after Winnebago County leaders cut his budget by about four million-dollars. The sheriff has also talked about getting rid of the county’s 911 operators as well.

>>Insurance Will Pay To Relocate Moline Students

(Moline, IL) — Taxpayers in Moline’s school district aren’t being asked to pick up the cost of moving students out of their fire damaged school. Moline chief financial officer Dave McDermott yesterday said insurance will pay the nearly 70 thousand-dollars it’ll cost to rent the former Western Illinois University building in the Quad Cities. A fire damaged Moline’s Franklin Elementary School last month. No one was hurt, but school leaders say they won’t be able to return to the building till at least the end of the school year.