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.

Southern Illinois University logo
Southern Illinois University
January 06, 2017

Southern Illinois University Won’t Become Sanctuary Campus

The president of Southern Illinois University says the school has decided not to become a sanctuary campus for students in the U.S. without legal permission. SIU President Randy Dunn says a review found such a designation could put the school at risk, including possibly losing federal aid.

Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner were part of some of 2016's biggest stories for Illinois Issues.
Trump by Michael Vadon/Flickr / Rauner by Brian Mackey/WUIS
December 28, 2016

Illinois Issues: Top Stories Of 2016

There’s still no budget for Illinois, but some big changes to education policy kicked in this year. As the contentious presidential election played out, several national issues affected the lives of citizens here.

New University of Illinois LAS dean Feng Sheng Hu
L. Brian Stauffer / University of Illinois
December 22, 2016

Feng Sheng Hu Named New U Of I Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean

The largest college on the University of Illinois Urbana campus will have a new dean, as of January First.

The university announced Thursday that associate dean Feng Sheng Hu had been named the new permanent dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, pending approval by trustees.

The Altgeld Hall bell tower, on the University of Illinois Urbana campus quad.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 21, 2016

Nearly A Century Of Chimes At Altgeld

Since the 1920's, daily concerts played on the chimes at Altgeld Hall have regaled students on the Urbana campus Quad of the University of Illinois. But only a few have been responsible for playing those chimes over the years. There’s no doubt performances will continue – it’s just a matter of who may be giving them.

Chairs in a school classroom.
Flickr user / Alamogasement "Old School" (CC BY 2.0)
December 21, 2016

Higher Education Enrollment Numbers Down Across The State

A preliminary report on college enrollment in Illinois shows a decline at all sectors of higher education.

All three categories -- public universities, community colleges and private colleges — showed an overall drop in enrollment, according to a report from the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

College students in caps and gowns for graduation ceremony.
Wikimedia Commons
December 19, 2016

As Budget Impasse Continues, Some Illinois Colleges Dipping Into Students MAP Grant Money

A recent survey from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission shows that colleges and universities are handling the state budget impasse in a confusing variety of ways. The commission is the state agency that administers the Monetary Award Program, known as the MAP grant, designed to help pay tuition for low-income students.

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