Gov. Bruce Rauner in a visit to an AutoZone distribution facility in Danville March 29.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 25, 2016

Gov. Rauner Signs Higher Ed Measure

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed SB 2059, which provides $600 million in emergency funding for Illinois' public universities through the rest of the semester.  In a statement, the governor says "now is the time to build on this bipartisan momentum and focus on enacting a truly balanced budget for Fiscal Years 2016-2017."  But he reiterated his call for business reforms at the same time.


A flooded corn field along Route 130 near Villa Grove.
Andrew Pritchard/SkyDrama.Net
April 23, 2016

Federal Officials Deny Illinois Appeal For Disaster Funds

FEMA has denied the state's appeal for federal assistance to help local governments in Vermilion, Moultrie and 15 other counties that suffered storm damage in December and January.


The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
(Nikopoley/Wikimedia)
April 22, 2016

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Stopgap Higher Ed Funding Bill

The Illinois House and Senate both voted Friday morning to approve a $600 million short-term funding fix for financially struggling colleges and universities that have been without funding during the state budget stalemate.


Students demonstrate for higher education funding on the campus of Western Illinois University in Macomb.
Rich Egger / TriStates Public Radio
April 20, 2016

Students Lead Rally At WIU

About three dozen Western Illinois University students and staff members marched across campus in Macomb Tuesday to advocate for state funding of higher education. 


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