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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 18, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Rising from the Ashes of Disco

By Jason Croft

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Mark Rubel with Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets at Mabel's in Dec. 1984.

Many consider the 1980’s to early 90’s the golden age of local music in Champaign-Urbana, especially when it comes to rock and roll.  On Saturday, April 19th, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Rising from the Ashes of Disco: Urbana-Champaign’s Music Scene during the 1980s and Early 1990s.”




AP - Illinois Public Media News - April 17, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

U of I Trustees Setting Search Committee, Exploring Supplemental Retirement Options

By The Associated Press, With Additional Reporting from Illinois Public Media

University of Illinois trustees will hold a special meeting Friday to name the 19 members of the search committee that will look for a new president.  They'll also look into options for a supplemental plan to help employees make up for an expected loss in pension funds.
 
U of I President Robert Easter has said he plans to retire in June 2015. The university has said it hopes to have a replacement selected by January.
 
The committee will include trustees, faculty members, students, as well representatives from UI Alumni Association and the UI Foundation, among others.
 
The trustees oversee all three university campuses and will have the final say on a replacement for Easter.
 
Easter has been president since 2012. He replaced Michael Hogan who resigned under pressure from faculty who were unhappy over his plans for the university.
 
Easter was previously a faculty member, dean, provost and chancellor on the Champaign-Urbana campus.

U of I administrators have looked at a few options for helping employees who expect to lose out on a portion of their retirement funds with last year's passage of the pension reform plan.  But the News-Gazette reports that no decision is expected at Friday's meeting.
 




Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - April 15, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Charter Schools: The Fix Ailing Districts Need?

By Rachel Otwell

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Students at Ball Charter School in Springfield, Ill.

Nearly two decades ago when the state legislature paved the way for charter schools, Republicans were in control and touted them as an innovative way to improve education by removing many rules and regulations. Now there are about 145 charter school campuses across the state, the vast majority in Chicago. Supporters say they are the change an ailing education system needs, but it is a contentious topic.

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