Eastern Illinois University in Charleston
Eastern Illinois University
January 10, 2017

Illinois Issues: A Crash Course In Economics

Over the summer, Hannah Meisel took a look at how the lack of a full state budget was affecting businesses in university towns. This week, Illinois Issues is revisiting that story because as the budget impasse drags on, several universities could face fiscal crisis and college-town economies continue to suffer.


Alma Mater Statue
University of Illinois Public Affairs
January 09, 2017

U Of I To Freeze In-State Tuition For Third Straight Year

University of Illinois leaders are recommending no increase in tuition for in-state students for the third straight year. If approved by university Trustees at their meeting in Chicago next week, this proposal would mark the 3-campus system’s longest rate freeze in 40 years. Tuition would go up 1.8 percent for graduate students, and out-of-state and international students.


Video monitors show the Illinois Education Funding Reform Commission meets via speakerphone linking conference rooms in Springfield and Chicago.
Dusty Rhodes / WUIS
January 09, 2017

Manar Loses Patience With School Funding Commission

 A group of lawmakers charged with revamping Illinois' property-tax-reliant school funding formula has been meeting since summer, facing a deadline of February 1 to come up with an alternative. But the group isn’t moving fast enough for State Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill in Macoupin County. He’s the leading Democrat on the commission. He’s also considering running for governor.


University of Illinois Police Training Institute
University of Illinois
January 09, 2017

Urbana Mayor Wants Police Training To Remain At UI Campus

A resolution on Monday night's Urbana City Council agenda, suggested by Mayor Laurel Prussing, calls for keeping the Police Training Institute at its current site in Champaign. The measure comes as Decatur philanthropist Howard Buffett has announced plans to build a new training facility in his city. Prussing was among those who worked to save PTI at the university a few years ago.


State Senator Dave Luechtefeld.
Office of Sen. David Luechtefeld
January 07, 2017

New Law Tackles Sub Shortage

A new law designed to relieve the statewide shortage of teachers and substitute teachers was signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday. The legislation was sponsored by State Senator Dave Luechtefeld, a Republican.


A piggy bank lying on its side.
Credit Carter Staley / NPR Illinois
January 07, 2017

Community Colleges Get Emergency Aid, But Only A Few

The state’s ongoing budget impasse has hit community colleges particularly hard, with funds to these schools and the students who attend them drastically reduced. The Illinois Community College Board is distributing $3 million in emergency aid, divided among seven campuses. Lakeland Community College in Mattoon is on the list.


Southern Illinois University logo
Southern Illinois University
January 06, 2017

Southern Illinois University Won’t Become Sanctuary Campus

The president of Southern Illinois University says the school has decided not to become a sanctuary campus for students in the U.S. without legal permission. SIU President Randy Dunn says a review found such a designation could put the school at risk, including possibly losing federal aid.


Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner were part of some of 2016's biggest stories for Illinois Issues.
Trump by Michael Vadon/Flickr / Rauner by Brian Mackey/WUIS
December 28, 2016

Illinois Issues: Top Stories Of 2016

There’s still no budget for Illinois, but some big changes to education policy kicked in this year. As the contentious presidential election played out, several national issues affected the lives of citizens here.


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