Pekin council schedules public hearing on proposed business district – News – Journal Star

The Pekin City Council unanimously voted to schedule a public hearing regarding a proposed Business Development District during Monday’s meeting.

“Several weeks ago, we had a public hearing on the Business Development District ordinance,” said City Manager Mark Rothert. “There was some discussion to go back and add in a 1% Hotel/Motel Tax to the BDD ordinance. That required us to go back and re-start the public hearing process.”

A public hearing on the BDD ordinance is scheduled for Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m., with another public meeting slated for Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. The council will consider the creation of a BDD at the Nov. 9 meeting.

A proposal to seek public assistance funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency passed with unanimous consent. The funding would reimburse the city for expenditures on personal protective equipment, sanitation and safety materials, and medical

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Supreme Court hearing major cases involving Google, Oracle and Ford

A man with the pro-life organization Bound4Life raises his hands in prayer outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on October 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. With 8 justices currently on the bench, the Supreme Court begins a new term on Monday.

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The political spotlight is shining brightly on the Supreme Court as the Senate weighs the nomination of President Donald Trump’s nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, but on Wednesday, the court will be all business. 

Three giants of industry — Google, Oracle and Ford — will press their cases before the justices in a pair of disputes that are expected to have broad impacts on American businesses and consumers. Decisions are expected by the end of June. 

The arguments come in the first week of the court’s 2020 term and will be heard virtually as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. They are among the

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