Former Champaign Unit 4 School Board president Laurie Bonnett
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 20, 2016

Unit 4’s Bonnett Discusses Failed Referenda, Board Turnover, And Future Of School Facilities

Laurie Bonnett's last meeting with the Champaign School Board is Monday.  The former Unit Four board president, who's moving out of town, says she hopes to see a more collaborative strucuture in the future of school facilities, and believes the board can benefit from the high rate of turnover of late, bringing new and innovative ideas.


Parkland College
January 20, 2016

UPDATE: Parkland Trustees Approve Tuition Hike, Cuts In Tuition Waivers

The Parkland College Board gave its tentative approval Wednesday night to a 12% tuition and fee increase for the next academic year, as well as cuts in the Champaign community college's tuition waiver program. Parkland President Tom Ramage says the cuts are just part of what's proposed to adjust to an expected 50% cut in state funding for fiscal year 2017.


Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Wikimedia
January 20, 2016

U of I Set To Freeze Tuition For Second Year

The University of Illinois is set to propose a tuition freeze for students entering in the fall. It would be the second year in a row that the system held tuition flat for in-state students.


Brian Moline and Lisa Bralts hamming it up for the camera
Michael Owen Thomas/Illinois Public Media
January 20, 2016

The Bandwagon - Episode Eight

Brian and Lisa are back for the first edition of The Bandwagon of 2016!  Topics include the St. Louis Rams relocating to sunny California, a current NFL player anonymously bashing the league, and the first in a series of discussions about great sports rivalries: Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe.


Campus of Chicago State University
Chicago State University
January 20, 2016

University Presidents Say Schools Hurting Without Budget

Illinois' nine public university presidents say in a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders that a failure to approve a budget soon could leave higher education damaged beyond repair.  
 


Work is underway to to convert Champaign's McKinley YMCA pool space into a roller rink for the Twin City Derby Girls.
Jamie Kozma/Twin City Derby Girls
January 19, 2016

Roller Derby Team Leases Champaign’s McKinley Building

The Twin City Derby Girls now has secured a downtown Champaign site for its future practices and bouts - but it will take about $20,000 and some construction work.  Last month, the roller derby team secured a 3-year lease for the former McKinley YMCA building on Church Street.


Apartment building in Champaign's Campustown neighborhood
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 18, 2016

What Ending Parking Minimums Means To Champaign’s Campustown

Champaign city leaders have removed a requirement that apartments in the Campustown neighborhood provide parking.  While developers are still expected to provide some space for cars, goals of the ordinance include less cars on campus, a more urban design, and giving developers the freedom to build the structures they want.


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