June 14, 2016

Feeding Hungry Children In The Summer; Indiana Man Arrested Near LA Pride Event; Changes To FOIA

On The 21st: One in five children in Illinois have families who worry about how to properly feed them - and this need is much greater in summer. When school is out, the children that depend on school for meals lose access to healthy food - only 14 percent of those who qualify are able to utilize summer food programs. Plus, an Indiana man was arrested with weapons and explosives in his way to a pride event in LA; and Congress requests changes in the access reporters have to government information


Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus
Wikimedia Commons
June 11, 2016

State Universities Earn Credit Rating ‘Review’

In week in which two rating agencies lowered Illinois' bond rating during a state budget impasse, Moody's Investors Services says it will review the credit worthiness of seven state schools, including the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University, and Illinois State University.


Entrance to Champaign Central High School.
Landmarks Illinois
June 10, 2016

Unit 4 Committee Wants Central HS Renovated

Thursday marked the last meeting of the Champaign Unit 4 Tier 2 Facilities Committee, which unanimously agreed that Central High School should remain on site and expand, rather than be torn down and rebuilt. The panel didn't endorse a specific financial package for a fall bond issue that would also include additions at Centennial High School, and work on as many as four other school district buildings. 


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner speakin to school superintendents in Bloomington.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT
June 08, 2016

Rauner Speaks to School Superintendents in Bloomington

After a speech to school superintendents at the regional alternative school in Bloomington Tuesday, Governor Bruce Rauner told one of them "hang on, it's going to get rocky."


Illinois Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Champaign, argues legislation while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
June 07, 2016

Rep. Ammons Discusses End Of Legislative Session, Hope For Budget Compromise

Democratic State Rep. Carol Ammons of Urbana says Republican Governor Bruce Rauner continues to stick to reforms detailed in his 'Turnaround Agenda', as legislators debated budget measures in the last hours of their spring session May 31.  Ammons also refutes the comments of Republican counterparts that members of the majority party were fighting when debating a K-12 education funding plan that night.


The Illinois House chamber.
Daniel Schwen / Wikipedia
June 07, 2016

The Fight For School Funding

The Illinois legislature adjourned last week with no budget in place --- not even a plan to fund public schools. Illinois Public Radio Education Desk reporter Dusty Rhodes takes a look at what issues kept the lawmakers squabbling over school funding until it was too late.


The Livingston C. Lord Administration Building at Eastern Illinois University.
Wikimedia Commons
June 06, 2016

Without Budget, Eastern Illinois May Need Short-Term Layoffs

EIU President David Glassman sent out a mass e-mail Monday to students and staff, saying there were no longer any plans at the school for additional large-scale layoffs, but said those lasting up to 29 days may be needed.  Glassman said more cost-cutting measures may be needed to bridge the school in Charleston through the summer.


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