New U of I Urbana Chancellor Robert Jones
University of Illinois
July 19, 2016

Robert J. Jones Named New Chancellor For U Of I Urbana Campus

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen has named Robert J. Jones to be the new chancellor for the University's Urbana campus, and vice-president of the three-campus U of I system.  He will become the first African-American to hold the post of chancellor in Urbana.


Displays about the future of Centennial High School in the school's library for Thursday's Unit 4 town hall meeting.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
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 Bruce Rauner has announced a commission to help overhaul Illinois' outdated school funding formula.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.
Lara Conklin/Danville Area Community College
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.


Foellinger Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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July 02, 2016

Many Illinois Universities Take Credit Hit After Stop-Gap Budget

Higher education was a major victim of Illinois’ year-long budget impasse. That makes it one of the winners in the stopgap spending plan passed this week.  But universities aren’t breathing too easily. University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen expressed gratitude for the compromise, but said more must be done. In an email to students and employees yesterday, he said the U of I will receive roughly 55-percent of what it saw in 2015 – the last year higher education was fully funded.


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