Illinois Senator Bill Brady speaks in Naperville November 4th.
(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
April 04, 2015

Brady Wants To Push University Privatization Discussion

Sen. Bill Brady pulled legislation that would privatize Illinois' public universities.  But the former Republican candidate for governor says he wants to keep discussing the idea.


a cake called tequila mockingbird decorated to look like a drunk bird and a bottle of tequila
Credit: Kaitlin Bane/WILL
April 03, 2015

Devouring Books At The Edible Book Festival

Every year around the start of April, book lovers gather with some of their favorite titles ... and eat them.  It's called the annual Edible Book Festival. This year's local event was held April 1st on the University of Illinois Urbana campus. The creations compete for awards in categories that include, the Funniest-Punniest.


Champaign Centennial High School
(Champaign Unit 4 Schools)
April 01, 2015

Students In December Protest Involved In ‘Restorative’ Talk

Sunday's conversation that included students, parents, and public officials was the decision of State's Attorney Julia Rietz, rather than charging anyone with a crime.  The 'Black Lives Matter' protest occured outside Champaign Centennial High School Dec. 4th.


Bloomington Republican Senator Bill Brady talks with reporters last March 18.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
March 23, 2015

Sen. Brady Has Plan To Privatize State Universities

The Blooomington Republican wants to privatize Illinois' public schools over a six-year period, saying they need less regulation and more freedom to make decisions.  It's a plan immediately criticized by the state's College Democrats.


Students walk past the Alma Mater statue on the University of Illinois Urbana campus in April 2014.
(AP Photo/David Mercer)
March 19, 2015

University Presidents Plead Case Before Senate Committee

A week after a House committee heard testimony from university presidents on Gov. Rauner's proposed cuts, state senators heard from administrators, including U of I President Bob Easter.


Anita Hill is interviewed at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah
(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
March 16, 2015

Anita Hill Cancels U of I Appearance Over Salaita Lawsuit

Hill was to have given the keynote address at the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy conference next month at the Urbana campus. She was also scheduled to give a lecture.


Bryan Lewis, the new director of the State Universities Retirement System, as of April 6.
(SURS)
March 13, 2015

SURS Names New Executive Director

Bryan Lewis, who currently works in North Carolina's retirement systems, starts April 6, taking over the retiring William Mabe.  SURS has about 227,000 members.


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