Timothy Koritz, who was named the next chairman of the U of I's Board of Trustees in Thursday's meeting.
University of Illinois
January 19, 2017

U Of I Trustees: New Chair Named, Enrollment Plan Starts, New Calls for ‘Sanctuary’ Campus

The University of Illinois' Board of Trustees is has launched an initiative to boost system-wide enrollment to more than 90,000 students by 2021. Thursday's meeting also saw the election of a new Trustees' chair, Dr. Timothy Koritz, and approval to freeze in-state tuition rates for a third straight year. Meanwhile, a number of students are again calling for the U of I to declare the school a 'sanctuary campus' to help those who are in the country illegally.


White board with school funding written on it.
Carter Staley / NPR Illinois
January 18, 2017

Education Desk: McConnaughay Sees Signals Of Compromise

For the past 20 years, school funding in Illinois has relied heavily on property taxes, which means schools near prime commercial or residential areas thrive, while others struggle to get by. Since August, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers has been meeting regularly to try to come up with a better way to fund public schools.


Eastern Illinois University in Charleston
Eastern Illinois University
January 10, 2017

Illinois Issues: A Crash Course In Economics

Over the summer, Hannah Meisel took a look at how the lack of a full state budget was affecting businesses in university towns. This week, Illinois Issues is revisiting that story because as the budget impasse drags on, several universities could face fiscal crisis and college-town economies continue to suffer.


Alma Mater Statue
University of Illinois Public Affairs
January 09, 2017

U Of I To Freeze In-State Tuition For Third Straight Year

University of Illinois leaders are recommending no increase in tuition for in-state students for the third straight year. If approved by university Trustees at their meeting in Chicago next week, this proposal would mark the 3-campus system’s longest rate freeze in 40 years. Tuition would go up 1.8 percent for graduate students, and out-of-state and international students.


Video monitors show the Illinois Education Funding Reform Commission meets via speakerphone linking conference rooms in Springfield and Chicago.
Dusty Rhodes / WUIS
January 09, 2017

Manar Loses Patience With School Funding Commission

 A group of lawmakers charged with revamping Illinois' property-tax-reliant school funding formula has been meeting since summer, facing a deadline of February 1 to come up with an alternative. But the group isn’t moving fast enough for State Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill in Macoupin County. He’s the leading Democrat on the commission. He’s also considering running for governor.


University of Illinois Police Training Institute
University of Illinois
January 09, 2017

Urbana Mayor Wants Police Training To Remain At UI Campus

A resolution on Monday night's Urbana City Council agenda, suggested by Mayor Laurel Prussing, calls for keeping the Police Training Institute at its current site in Champaign. The measure comes as Decatur philanthropist Howard Buffett has announced plans to build a new training facility in his city. Prussing was among those who worked to save PTI at the university a few years ago.


State Senator Dave Luechtefeld.
Office of Sen. David Luechtefeld
January 07, 2017

New Law Tackles Sub Shortage

A new law designed to relieve the statewide shortage of teachers and substitute teachers was signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday. The legislation was sponsored by State Senator Dave Luechtefeld, a Republican.


A piggy bank lying on its side.
Credit Carter Staley / NPR Illinois
January 07, 2017

Community Colleges Get Emergency Aid, But Only A Few

The state’s ongoing budget impasse has hit community colleges particularly hard, with funds to these schools and the students who attend them drastically reduced. The Illinois Community College Board is distributing $3 million in emergency aid, divided among seven campuses. Lakeland Community College in Mattoon is on the list.


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