Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a campaign rally at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Friday, March 4, 2016, in Edwardsville, Ill.
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March 05, 2016

Sanders Brings Brand Of Economic Populism To Southern Illinois

The Democratic presidential candidate spoke Friday at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where the primarily student audience packed a 4,000-seat campus basketball arena.  Sanders touched on familiar campaign themes, calling for campaign finance reform, marijuana decriminalization and increased corporate taxes.

n this Feb. 24, 2016 photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner visits with students hoping to attend college during a visit to Southeast High School in Springfield, where he discussed his education agenda.
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March 02, 2016

Senate Overrides Rauner’s MAP Funding Veto, House Falls Two Votes Short

The Illinois Senate Wednesday voted 37-17 to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a measure funding the Monetary Award Program, or MAP grants. But the Illinois House failed to override by two votes.  The legislation involved $397 million for the income-based Monetary Award Program and $324 million for community colleges.

The entrance of Western Illinois University
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February 26, 2016

Western Illinois Announces Layoffs, $20 Million In Cuts

Western Illinois University says it will cut $20 million in spending over the next two fiscal years. The university says for the fiscal year beginning July, it will cut 100 positions.

Parkland College campus
February 25, 2016

Parkland College To Begin Layoffs As A Result of Budget Standoff

Parkland College President Tom Ramage says nine positions will be cut next week, once the community college completes a voluntary separation program that's yielded $1 million in savings. He sent a mass e-mail to staff Thursday.  The annoucement comes days after Parkland Trustees approved an 11-percent tuition hike.

Former school superintendent and Republican candidate for Illinois' 102nd House District Jim Acklin.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 24, 2016

102nd District House Race Interviews: Jim Acklin

Acklin, the recently retired superintendent of St. Joseph-Odgen High School, says his career in education would translate well to a role in the legislature.  He's one of three GOP candidates vying to succeed Adam Brown in Illinois' March 15 primary.

Chicago State University logo.
Chicago State University
February 24, 2016

Chicago State Cancels Spring Break To Save Money

Struggling due to a lack of state funding, Chicago State University says it will eliminate spring break this year, to ensure its students finish the semester before the school runs out of money and is forced to close.

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