n this Wednesday photo, Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, speaks to lawmakers after Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his State of the State address.  Durkin called Democrats' Thurday proposal to fund MAP grants &#
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January 28, 2016

Illinois GOP Calls Democrats’ College Spending Bill A Hoax

Democratic legislators have approved $721 million for tuition grants and community colleges. But Republicans call it an empty promise because Illinois still doesn't have a budget.  Gov. Bruce Rauner has already indicated he'll veto the measure.


Students demonstrating against layoffs at the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees meeting.
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January 26, 2016

Cuts Announced At WIU, EIU

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees voted Monday to authorize staff reductions for the the upcoming fiscal year. Meanwhile, the president of Eastern Illinois University announced a series of immediate cuts, including the possible imposition of unpaid furloughs and layoffs.


Champaign Unit 4 Board President Chris Kloeppel discusses the options on properties near Central High School with members Amy Armstrong, Kathy Shannon, and Laurie Bonnett.
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January 25, 2016

Unit 4 School Board Secures Options On Sites Near Central High

The Champaign School Board now holds options on eight sites near Central High School, which doesn't mean Unit 4 will necessarily purchase the properties, but has an 18-month window to decide.  An advisory committee is being formed that will meet almost weekly, discussing possible expansion in the area, with a report due in May.


University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen and Trustees Board Chair Ed McMillan
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January 21, 2016

U Of I Trustees Freeze In-State Tuition For Second Straight Year

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says the school is committed to providing access to new students, despite the 7-month state budget impasse.  Trustees unanimously approved freezing tuition, along with a new background check policy on new university hires.


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