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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 03, 2014

Champaign Public Schools Hope Voters Approve $149 Million For Construction

By Hannah Meisel

Politicians aren't the only ones who've spent this year selling themselves to voters. The Champaign Public School System has hedged its bets on residents voting yes on a $149 million bond sale, which would increase property taxes to district residents.

The District says it needs the money to expand and renovate Centennial High School and build a new Central High School.

Unit 4 Suprintendent Judy Wiegand says the school board has exhausted all options, and landed on the bond sale because of the increasing space constraints in the district.

"It's the capacity issue," she said. "The fact that we're already at 104 percent capacity at both of our high schools and have to put portable classroom trailers in front of one of our high schools in order to have enough classroom space...if we do nothing as a community, it will only get worse and it'll go up to 120 percent."

Wiegand says the property tax increase has been a tough sell. She says if the referendum fails tomorrow, the District is prepared to adjust their ask for a future election.

Categories: Education, Politics

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 28, 2014

School Consolidation Referendum Sparks Disagreement

By Jim Meadows

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(Duration: 3:52)

The audience and panelists listen to a speaker addressing an information meeting on a school consolidation referendum for the Catlin and Jamaica school districts.

If voters in the Catlin and Jamaica school districts say yes in the November election, their two, small, south Vermilion County school districts will consolidate into one district, to be called the Salt Fork school district. But opponents of consolidation are raising concerns.

Categories: Education, Government, Politics






Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - October 08, 2014

Prof. Salaita Pleads His Case In Chicago

By Tony Serabia

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(Duration: 7:05)

Steven Salaita speaks at the University of Illinois September 9.

Nearly a month after the University of Illinois Board of Trustees rejected his appointment, Steven Salaita is speaking at Chicago area universities this week about what he says was a violation of academic freedom. 



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 07, 2014

Report: Prof. Salaita Cancels UIC Address

By Jeff Bossert

Professor Steven Salaita, whose comments about Israel on Twitter led to the revoking of his appointment at the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus, has reportedly cancelled a speech at the Chicago campus today.


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