In this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, attends a joint session of the General Assembly at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
April 11, 2016

Madigan Introduces Education Funding Amendment

The Democratic House Speaker's legislation states that education is a fundamental "right'' - as opposed to "goal'' - and that the state has the "preponderant financial responsibility'' for funding schools.   If approved, the amendment would appear on ballots in November.


Brian Bauer/Daily Illini
April 07, 2016

Anti-Immigrant Chalk Messages Cause Concern On Campus

Chalk messages supporting presidential candidate Donald Trump and criticizing undocumented immigrants raised concerns when they were found on sidewalks outside the building housing the Dept. of Latina/Latino Studies on the University of Illinois Urbana campus.


Harvest activity just south of Rantoul, Ill., on Sept. 26, 2014.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
April 01, 2016

Why Didn’t An Illinois Professor Have To Disclose GMO Funding?

The private fund-raising arms of public universities, called foundations, are coming under scrutiny around the country.  Watchdogs have found questionable spending that’s led to resignations and legal challenges to their privacy.  In the course of reporting on a University of Illinois professor,  Monica Eng of WBEZ discovered a different way foundation privacy practices are raising questions.  


The Alama Mater statue on the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois.
University of Illinois LIbrary/Flickr
April 01, 2016

Union For UI Non-Tenured Faculty Schedule Strike Authorization Vote

Frustrated by what they see as a lack of progress in contract negotiations, the Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition will hold a strike authorization vote for its members at the University of Illinois Urbana campus next week.


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