Members of NTFC Local 6546 picket outside the University of Illinois English Building
Alejandra Reyes for Illinois Public Media
April 19, 2016

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Launch Two-Day Strike At U Of I

Members of the union representing non-tenure-track faculty at the University of Illinois went on strike Tuesday morning, launching a two-day work stoppage.  In a mass e-mail, administrators questioned the goals of the strike, saying tentative agreements have been reached in 14 areas, including several "key items."  But Union President Shawn Gilmore called those areas "small."


Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition logo
Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition
April 18, 2016

UI Non-Tenured Track Faculty Holding 2-Day Strike

About 500 University of Illinois faculty and reseachers will walk off the job Tuesday and Wednesday. NTFC Local #6546 is holding its strike to try and prompt U of I administrators to discuss how they plan to proceed in collective bargaining.  Among the union's demands are multi-year contracts for non-tenured faculty.


Champaign District 3 City Council member Vic McIntosh, who's resigning at the end of May.
City of Champaign
April 13, 2016

Champaign’s McIntosh Resigning From District 3 Council Seat

Vic McIntosh, who served from 1998-2009 and 2012 to present, says he's moving to unincorporated Urbana.  It's the council's second resignation in recent weeks.  McIntosh held off on this announcement earlier this year, after learning that Marci Dodds was resigning her seat in District 4. 


Supporters of education funding rally in the rotunda at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Springfield, Il. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has released figures breaking down how much each Illinois school district would receive next ye
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
April 12, 2016

CPS Head, Legislator, Blast Governor’s School Funding Plan

Lawmakers got a look at Governor Bruce Rauner's school funding proposal Tuesday.  Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) and Forrest Claypool, the head of Chicago Public Schools says the plan is a continuation of a "reverse Robin Hood'' education policy where rich districts get more and poor districts get less.


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.


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