Members of the Black United Front unfurl a banner at Wednesday's University of Illinois trustees meeting.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
March 15, 2017

U Of I Trustees Hear Call For Higher Black Enrollment

An African-American student group is launching a campaign to pressure administrators to take steps to increase black enrollment at the University of Illinois. That included a demonstration in the middle of a U of I Board of Trustees meeting on the Urbana campus Wednesday.


Carter Staley / WUIS
March 11, 2017

Numbers Slide In Illinois Public Colleges

Enrollment in Illinois’ public universities and community colleges continues to decline. That’s according to figures released by the state Board of Higher Education.


Candidates for Parkland College's Board of Trustees gather in the Student Union cafeteria for Monday's debate.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 07, 2017

State Budget Impasse Dominates Talk At Parkland Trustees Debate

Some of the candidates seeking seats on the Parkland College Board of Trustees admit further budget cuts may have to be considered amid a nearly two-year state budget impasse. Tuition hikes, the future of Parkland's sports programs, and the viability of having some four-year degree programs were also among the topics discussed among the community college's ten Board of Trustees candidates Monday night. 


Students during Unofficial St. Patrick's Day in 2009.
quinn.anya / Flickr
March 06, 2017

Town-Gown Committee Continues Efforts To Control ‘Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day’

The chair of a committee set up to deal with Unofficial Saint Patrick’s Day at the University of Illinois Urbana campus says he cannot be certain that the death of a student was definitely due to the unsanctioned event. Dean of Students Kenneth Ballom says the very nature of 'Unofficial' as a de-centralized, unorganized event makes it hard to be sure that the fatal fall of Jonathan Morales from a Champaign apartment balcony was truly a part of it.


The Alma Mater statue on the University of Illinois campus
University of Illinois Public Affairs
February 28, 2017

University Of Illinois Launches 15-Month Sesquicentennial Celebraton

150 years ago, on February 28, 1867, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation creating the Illinois Industrial University, or as we now know it, the University of Illinois. 

The university is celebrating the anniversary of that event on Tuesday, as it launches Sesquicentennial events that will go on for more than a year.

The celebrating begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the U of I’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.


Chicago Public Schools logo
Wikipedia
February 27, 2017

Chicago Schools Continues Effort In Court To Get More Funds

Chicago Public Schools officials are seeking a preliminary injunction barring the state of Illinois from disbursing education funds until it adequately funds the state's largest school district. Faced with a huge deficit and an upcoming teacher pension payment, CEO Forrest Claypool says the Chicago school year could end three weeks early if the state doesn't come through with funds.


A.D. Carson
Ken Scar/Clemson University
February 25, 2017

Decatur Scholar Turns Rhymes Into Dope Dissertation

A.D. Carson grew up in Decatur, graduated from Millikin University, and earned a master's degree here at the University of Illinois Springfield. He’s now a Ph.D candidate at Clemson University, where recently he defended his dissertation -- a hip-hop project that’s gone viral.


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