U of I President Tim Killeen discusses the performance-based funding measure before university Trustees Thursday in Chicago.
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November 10, 2016

U Of I Trustees Endorse Metric-Based Funding Plan

University of Illinois leaders are backing proposed legislation that would tie levels of state funding with performance metrics like awarding financial aid, graduation rates, and holding down tuition costs. President Tim Killeen says the 5-year pact would guarantee ‘baseline’ state funding would increase by the rate of inflation during each remaining year.


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Wikipedia
November 04, 2016

Parkland College Plans Cuts To Non-Tenured Faculty

Administrators at Parkland College in Champaign are recommending the layoffs of a number of non-tenured faculty at the end of the school year. The news comes via a mass e-mail from Parkland President Tom Ramage, who says he can't be sure the state will provide any funding for community colleges in the coming year. The cuts are expected to be part of a November 16 Board of Trustees meeting.


Champaign Democratic Senator Scott Bennett
Bennett for Senate Campaign
October 27, 2016

Senator Bennett Faces First Election In 52nd District

This fall marks the first time Democrat Scott Bennett has campaigned for his Illinois Senate seat. The former prosecutor, who was appointed to the seat, faces Republican Urbana Alderman Mike Madigan on November 8. He says Governor Bruce Rauner needs to make more concessions from his 'Turnaround Agenda' as budget negotiations continue.


Urbana Alderman and Senate candidate Mike Madigan (R) debates incumbent Scott Bennett of Champaign on October 5 at the Champaign City Building.
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October 24, 2016

‘The Other Mike Madigan’ Challenges Bennett In 52nd District Senate Race

The Republican who shares a name with Illinois' longtime Democratic House Speaker is touting a number of Governor Bruce Rauner's business reforms as challenges Democrat Scott Bennett in Illinois' 52nd District. "The Other Mike Madigan" is an Urbana Alderman and restaurant owner who says solutions to Illinois' budget woes start with serious tax reform, and reductions in government spending.


October 21, 2016

Illinois Unemployment Down And Steady, Yet Still Lags

The latest data shows the number of unemployed Illinois residents is at its lowest since September of 2007. But officials with Governor Bruce Rauner's administration say Illinois is still lagging when it comes to job growth.


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