Senator Kimberly Lightford prepares to speak with reporters about raising the minimum wage on November 19th.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
December 04, 2014

Illinois Senate Passes Minimum Wage Bill

The Illinois Senate has passed legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage, but it happened after the House adjourned Wednesday.


December 01, 2014

Analyst: Gas Prices Falling Faster Than Expected

Gasoline prices will continue to fall in Illinois, thanks to the decision last week by OPEC nations to keep oil prices low; that’s the forecast from analyst Patrick DeHaan with the price-tracking website GasBuddy.com.


Undated photo of James Kilgore
(Photo courtesy of James Kilgore)
December 01, 2014

Report: U of I Kilgore Rehiring Means Loss Of Donor Funds

James KilgoreAllowing embattled professor James Kilgore to resume teaching at the University of Illinois could mean a hit to the school’s finances.

Last month, The U of I’s Board of Trustees determined that individual campus units are free to hire adjunct, part-time instructors under existing hiring practices. 

That includes Kilgore, who had been a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army in the 1970s, and had spent five years in prison for his part in a bank robbery in which someone was killed.

Kilgore’s contract had not been renewed over the summer after his past became public.

The Chicago Tribune reports that at least one major donor plans to withdraw his support if Kilgore is allowed to teach. 

Chicago businessman Richard Hill says he’ll pull about $4.5 million in donations to the Chicago campus’ bioengineering department. 

The Tribune said Hill last year pledged the largest gift in the history of the U of I's College of Engineering - $6.5 million.  He had given about $2 million so far.

In a letter to top university officials, Hill said he ‘no longer wished to be associated with the U of I' after the board’s decision. He told the paper in later e-mails that money is available if the university "does the right thing.’


November 24, 2014

Illinois Universities Warned Of ‘Dire’ Budget Cuts

The head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education has issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state's public universities after meeting with Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's budget transition team.


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