Mathieu Thouvenin/flickr
November 29, 2016

What’s ‘Run, Hide, Fight’?; Overtime Rules; Scholarship Donation; Reporting Sexual Assault Via App

On the 21st: We discussed what the slogan "Run Hide Fight" means and we heard how companies in Illinois are dealing with the back-and-forth on the new overtime pay rules. Plus, we discussed a scholarship donation to the University of Illinois and learned about a new app that aims to help students report sexual assault on campuses.


Foellinger Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
JanetandPhil/flickr
November 23, 2016

U of I Suspends Overtime Changes After Court Ruling Against Labor Department

The University of Illinois says it's suspending immediately all of the recent changes announced ahead of the new federal overtime rules. That includes salary increases and overtime eligibility related to the new changes under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The move comes after a federal judge in Texas blocked nationwide implementation of the new rules. 


Chicago State University
Chicago State University
November 23, 2016

IL Higher Ed Board Hands $17 Million To Struggling Schools

Three of the public universities hardest hit by the state budget crisis will split $17 million in emergency funding, according to the Chicago Tribune. The paper reports that the Illinois Board of Higher Education voted unanimously Wednesday to send the lifeline funding to Chicago State, Western Illinois and Eastern Illinois universities.


Senator Dick Durban
November 19, 2016

Sen. Durbin Supports Campus Efforts To Protect Students From Deportation

With ongoing efforts at the University of Illinois and other colleges to declare themselves sanctuary campuses, US Senator Dick Durbin says he supports efforts to protect students who may have entered the country illegally or overstayed their visa – as long as they haven't committed a crime.


immigration rally
flickr user / hawg
November 15, 2016

How Trump’s Presidency Affects DACA; Police-Community Relations; Elissa Altman’s New Memoir

On the 21st: We discussed concerns regarding the possible loss of protections from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy, which president-elect Donald Trump has said he would rescind. We also talked with a retired police officer about building trust with the community, and spoke with the author of the memoir "Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw."


AFSCME members protested at the University of Illinois in the spring.
Courtesy of AFSCME Local 31
November 14, 2016

Education Desk: Higher Ed Employees May Face Furloughs

As a state budget budget impasse continues, a new rule pending before Illinois lawmakers would pave the way for state colleges and universities to force employees to take up to three weeks off without pay.  The group representing civil service workers has proposed the measure.


More than 300 students rallied by the U of I's alma mater statue Friday, in protest of the election of Donald Trump as president.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 11, 2016

Anti-Trump Rally Held On U Of I Campus

We’ve seen rallies in cities around the country following the election of Donald Trump as president - including Friday on the campus of the University of Illinois. More than 300 from groups like the Mexican Student Association and Students Against Sexual Assualt addressed the crowd before marching on the Urbana campus quad. The peaceful rally was promoted as way to come together in solidarity against white supremacy, racism, and overall acts of oppression.


U of I President Tim Killeen discusses the performance-based funding measure before university Trustees Thursday in Chicago.
Screen Shot/U of I Trustees
November 10, 2016

U Of I Trustees Endorse Metric-Based Funding Plan

University of Illinois leaders are backing proposed legislation that would tie levels of state funding with performance metrics like awarding financial aid, graduation rates, and holding down tuition costs. President Tim Killeen says the 5-year pact would guarantee ‘baseline’ state funding would increase by the rate of inflation during each remaining year.


Foellinger Auditorium on the main quad of the U of I's Urbana campus.
Wikimedia Commons
November 10, 2016

U of I Students Report Threats, Harassment After Election

A University of Illinois professor says students of color on the Urbana campus have reported being threatened and harassed after the presidential election.

Latino/Latina Studies Professor Julie Dowling says she's heard students describe seeing a knife flashed at a Muslim student and other cases of harassment.


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