Illinois' largest teachers' union has lined up behind Governor Rod Blagojevich's proposal to launch a new business tax to boost funding for education and health care. But the Illinois Education Association's president says that does not mean the union is opposed to an alternative plan that the governor opposes - a plan that would raise the state's income tax while lowering local property taxes. As AM 580's Tom Rogers reports, all IEA president Ken Swanson (left) wants to see is the end of what he calls chronic state underfunding.
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For the last year and a half, a planning process called "big.small.all" has been bringing Champaign County residents together to talk about their dreams and goals for the county's future. Those dreams and goals have been presented back to the county in the form of a report called "our future.here." Now, organizers say the next step is to turn some of those dreams into reality. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
At age 75, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather is still reporting and traveling around the world. He just came back from Afghanistan and made his way straight to the University of Illinois, speaking to hundreds of students at Foellinger Auditorium. Rather's speech was called "Off the Record," but before that he spoke exclusively on the record with AM 580 student reporter Michael Koliska.
For more than 100 years, people have had a means to record music. But much of what was produced in the earliest years of the recording era isn't readily available,. The motto of Archeophone Records is "songs you thought were lost forever." The idea recently struck gold for the Champaign couple who conceived of the label a few years ago. AM 580's Jeff Bossert visited with the founders of the Grammy-winning label.
The new Champaign County Nursing Home opens February 28th. But building a new nursing home was just part of the challenge. County officials now need to figure out how to operate the facility without losing money. The Champaign County Board is studying that issue, meeting with a consultant hired to show how the nursing home can save money -- and make money -- while still serving county residents. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
For the sellout crowd at the Assembly Hall in Champaign February 21, the big highlight wasn't Illinois' victory over Michigan, but the last appearance of Chief Illiniwek. The Chief has plenty of critics -- but at the game, supporters showed how much they loved him. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
The chair of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees has retired the tradition of Chief Illiniwek. The last halftime dance for the Chief will be Wednesday, February 21st, during the final men's basketball home game of the season. Larry Eppley says he is a fan of the Chief, but his decision was in the university's best interest. AM 580's Jim Meadows talked to him, along with Ted Land from the student-run television channel UI-7.
There were plenty of questions but not many answers for parents in a meeting at Urbana's Thomas Paine Elementary School. District 116 officials held the meeting to hear parents' concerns following the arrest last week of a teacher on charges he sexually assaulted children at the school. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
The Super Bowl not only marked the first time the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears met up in football's championship game, but the closest-ever proximity between two rival cities. That resulted in somewhat of a dilemma for fans right in the middle. AM 580's Jeff Bossert reports from Indiana, along I-65 -- halfway between two spheres of influence.
A forum on racial and ethnic tensions on the University of Illinois campus brought together top university officials and a student group. The event was entitled "Racism, Power and Privilege on the UIUC Campus." The student group confronted the administration in the wake of a fraternity/sorority party last fall, in which students dressed as offensive Mexican stereotypes. But the "tacos and tequila" party was just part of the discussion. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.