Champaign County Board Keeps Racial Disparity Study Money Intact After Citizens Mobilize in 11th Hour

Eleventh hour organizing Thursday by citizens persuaded the majority of Champaign county board members not to transfer funds allocated for a disparity study to a remodeling project at the Brookens Administrative Center that some say could ultimately involve hiring female and minority owned contractors. Instead, the Board voted to fund the remodeling project with other monies. The $54,145 appropriated for the disparity study to document county discrimination against minority and female contractors remains intact. However, the disparity study funds must be spent by the end of this year or they will be returned to the general fund.


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