Betsy DeVos, who was confirmed as U-S Education Secretary by the Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 7th.
Carolyn Kester / AP
February 07, 2017

Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary

The U-S Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Trump's education secretary, 51-50. Vice President Pence had to cast an unprecedented tie-breaking vote, after hearings that became fodder for Saturday Night Live; after angry constituents swamped Senate offices with 1.5 million calls a day; after two Republican senators defected; and Democrats held the floor overnight in protest.


This still image taken from United States Courts shows Judge James Robart listening to a case at Seattle Courthouse on March 12, 2013 in Seattle. Robart placed a nationwide hold on President Donald Trump's executive order, banning travel to the
United States Courts via AP
February 06, 2017

Immigration Ban Blocked; Central Illinois Trump Supporter; Illinois Politics; ISU President

On the 21st: We talked with a Chicago-based immigration lawyer about what the halt to President Trump's immigration ban means for people trying to get into Illinois. Plus, we talked with a Stonington resident about getting to meet President Trump in person, get the latest in Illinois politics and spoke with the president of Illinois State University about how they've been faring throughout the budget stalemate.


Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois Senator Andy Manar
NPR Illinois
February 02, 2017

Education Desk: School Funding Inequity Needs $3.5 Billion Cure

A group of lawmakers has agreed on a framework for making the way Illinois funds its schools more equitable. But whether it will lead to a long-elusive legislative fix remains to be seen. That bipartisan commission produced a “framework” Wednesday, but no actual legislation. It would create funding targets for each district based on student population needs. It's estimated to cost an additional $3.5 billion to $6 billion.


image of children playing
LA Johnson/NPR
February 01, 2017

Not All Fun And Games: New Guidelines Urge Schools To Rethink Recess

What's the best time for students to have recess? Before lunch, or after? What happens if it rains? If students are misbehaving, is it a good idea to punish them by making them sit out recess?

Those are just a few of the issues addressed in new guidelines designed to help schools have good recess.


Foellinger Auditorium
University of Illinois Public Affairs
January 30, 2017

U Of I, Northwestern, U Of Chicago Decry Travel Ban

Illinois universities are speaking out against President Donald Trump's sweeping travel ban that has left some students and professors stranded abroad. University of Illinois President Tim Killeen put out a statement Monday saying its three campuses are "greatly concerned'' about the ban and "strongly recommend that students and scholars who might be affected defer travel outside the U.S.''


Joe Muskin with the University of Illinois College of Engineering looks up from an array of Lego Mindstorms components.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
January 27, 2017

Middle-School Contestants Take On Real-World Problems With Lego Robots

On Saturday, January 28, 64 teams of kids in fourth through eighth grade will gather on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and compete in solving practical problems using programmable toy robots.

The event is called a “Lego League” tournament, one of many around the world.  It’s being held at the ARC --- the Activities and Recreation Center on Peabody Drive on the U of I campus.


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