New U of I Urbana Chancellor Robert Jones, joined by Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson at the Illini Union Wednesday.
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July 20, 2016

New UI Urbana Chancellor Jones Introduced On Campus

New University of Illinois Urbana Chancellor Robert Jones had his first opportunity to meet the public Wednesday, addressing a crowd at the Illini Union.  He'll start his new job in early October, and plans to do a 'listening and learning tour' in the first 100 days in his new job. 


Displays about the future of Centennial High School in the school's library for Thursday's Unit 4 town hall meeting.
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July 15, 2016

Unit 4 Centennial ‘Town Hall’ Brings Out Referendum Backers

The second of two open house-style 'town hall' meetings over the future of Champaign Unit 4's facilities brought out a lighter crowd than the previous one, but a mostly enthusiastic response to supporting a bond issue of around $200 million this fall. Around 50 attended Thursday's event at Centennial High School. 


In this Thursday, June 30, 2016 photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters in front of his office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., after lawmakers passed a stop gap budget.
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July 12, 2016

Rauner Announces Group To Study Education Funding Formula

Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced a commission to help overhaul Illinois' outdated school funding formula. The Republican told reporters on Tuesday that the bipartisan group of 25 people will study the issue and give their recommendations to his office and the General Assembly by Feb. 1, 2017.


Stephen Nacco, the next president of Danville Area Community College, who will start in the job in mid-August.
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July 06, 2016

Nacco Named DACC’s Next President

Trustees at Danville Area Community College appointed Dr. Stephen Nacco as the school's 7th president Wednesday.  Currently part of the administration at Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey, Nacco will take over for the retiring Alice Marie Jacobs in late August.  He calls DACC 'an amazing asset in the community' with a 40-percent graduation rate, among the best in the U.S. for community colleges.


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July 06, 2016

Treasurer Mike Frerichs; Islamic Charitable Giving; Peoria’s Chief Innovation Officer

On The 21st: We talked with Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs about the state budget situation and the role of the treasurer in state government. We also discussed Zakat-al-Mal, an obligatory charity paid by those in the Muslim community. Plus, we looked into how Peoria is tackling issues of mitigating the effects of stormwater runoff with Anthony Corso, the city's first Chief Innovation Officer.


Graphic from Monday's meeting on the Chicago campus looks at possible changes to UI employee health insurance premiums.
Screenshot/University of Illinois Human Resources
June 27, 2016

U Of I Employees Learn Of Possible Health Benefit Changes

The first of three meetings regarding University of Illinois health insurance premiums raised the prospect that some premiums could double. Katie Ross, Senior Director of Human Resources Administration at the university, says there's "generally a lot of uncertainty" at this point.


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters in his office at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
June 21, 2016

Madigan Cancels Session, Urges ‘Working Groups’ On Budget

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Rauner says he won't call lawmakers into special session, even though the fiscal year ends in 10 days. Rauner he'll "evaluate options" in the coming days to avoid the shutdown of ongoing projects and delays to the opening of public schools. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has cancelled Wednesday's House session, saying working groups are making progress.


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