The Champaign-Urbana Dialysis Center passed a health inspection last week and will remain eligible for Medicare funding if federal officials accept the findings of state Public Health inspectors. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports on the center, which has been the subject of criticism from a patients' rights group.
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With the lack of a vote, many people are beginning to wonder if the status of Chief Illiniwek will ever be completely settled. And now that the TV news crews from Chicago and St. Louis have left the U of I campus in Urbana...students, faculty and staff are now left to deal with an underlying rancor. AM 580's Tom Rogers reports.
UI trustees tabled a resolution to retire the controversial symbol, which some consider a racist mascot. The resolution's author decided to delay a vote until a meeting in July. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports on the decision and the contentious atmosphere at the meeting.
Public universities in Illinois will be required to offer guaranteed tuition rates to students starting with next year's freshman class. Guaranteed rates let students better plan their financial arrangements without worrying about yearly tuition increases. But they're creating a more complex budget situation for universities. AM 580's Tom Rogers reports on how the University of Illinois is preparing for the new requirement.
Critics of Exelon's request to the Illinois Legislature to help it speed up the acquisition of Illinois Power compare it to a similar push by SBC to increase what it charges local competitors. But SBC Illinois president Carrie Hightman sees some big differences between the two bills. She speaks with AM 580's Jim Meadows.
The Modern Language Association says the number of students taking foreign language courses last year was up nearly 18 percent from 1998 -- nearly nine percent of all college students. MLA executive director Rosemary Feal told AM 580's Jim Meadows that while schools often require foreign language courses, many students have their own reasons for studying a foreign tongue.
Art can be more than just a draw to the senses - it can help people relax and even achieve spiritual awareness. Such a work is taking shape at Urbana's Crystal Lake Park. AM 580's Tom Rogers went to the recent official groundbreaking for what will become the area's first labyrinth. (Left: organizers lay the first ceremonial bricks at the labyrinth site; people experience a "portable labyrinth" indoors)
The leaders of IP and ComEd parent company Exelon came to Champaign to address the worries of local officials about the acquisition proposal -- including ongoing concerns about IP's quality of service. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.