NPR Music's Bob Boilen
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April 21, 2016

NPR’s Boilen: ‘Your Song Changed My Life’

The creator and host of NPR Music's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts asked artists what served as their inspiration, and put their career on the right path.  He's taken 35 of the best stories and compiled them into a new book, profiling artists ranging from Jackson Browne to R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe to Philip Glass.


In this Nov. 20, 2015 photo, University of Illinois students walk across the Main Quad on campus in Urbana.
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April 20, 2016

U Of I Memo Makes Plans For Possible Layoffs

A memo obtained by Illinois Public Media from the U of I's Associated Provost for Human Resources indicates that some jobs on the Urbana campus, including some in Civil Service, could be cut, effective at the start of the fall semester.  The president of AFSCME Local 3700 questions why she wasn't informed of these plans. She says union members are 'scared.'


Students demonstrate for higher education funding on the campus of Western Illinois University in Macomb.
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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. 


Members of NTFC Local 6546 picket outside the University of Illinois English Building
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April 19, 2016

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Launch Two-Day Strike At U Of I

Members of the union representing non-tenure-track faculty at the University of Illinois went on strike Tuesday morning, launching a two-day work stoppage.  In a mass e-mail, administrators questioned the goals of the strike, saying tentative agreements have been reached in 14 areas, including several "key items."  But Union President Shawn Gilmore called those areas "small."


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