University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen and Trustees Board Chair Ed McMillan
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January 21, 2016

U Of I Trustees Freeze In-State Tuition For Second Straight Year

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says the school is committed to providing access to new students, despite the 7-month state budget impasse.  Trustees unanimously approved freezing tuition, along with a new background check policy on new university hires.


Director and University of Illinois graduate Ang Lee, left, and Guillermo del Toro
Chris Pizello/Associated Press
January 21, 2016

Filmmaker Del Toro Attending 18th Ebertfest With ‘Crimson Peak’

Writer/Director Guillermo Del Toro will be the opening night guest at the 18th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, April 13th at Champaign's Virginia Theater, accompanying his 2015 film "Crimson Peak." Further films will be announced in the coming weeks.


Offices of the Illinois Radio Reader Service at WILL
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January 21, 2016

Radio Reader Secures Funding To Resume Local Broadcasts

Due to the state budget impasse, WILL's broadcasts of newspapers and magazines on special radios for the visually impaired ended on January 1, going to a network-only service.  Funding has been secured to resume those broadcasts through the rest of the fiscal year, starting Monday.


Former Champaign Unit 4 School Board president Laurie Bonnett
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January 20, 2016

Unit 4’s Bonnett Discusses Failed Referenda, Board Turnover, And Future Of School Facilities

Laurie Bonnett's last meeting with the Champaign School Board is Monday.  The former Unit Four board president, who's moving out of town, says she hopes to see a more collaborative strucuture in the future of school facilities, and believes the board can benefit from the high rate of turnover of late, bringing new and innovative ideas.


Parkland College
January 20, 2016

UPDATE: Parkland Trustees Approve Tuition Hike, Cuts In Tuition Waivers

The Parkland College Board gave its tentative approval Wednesday night to a 12% tuition and fee increase for the next academic year, as well as cuts in the Champaign community college's tuition waiver program. Parkland President Tom Ramage says the cuts are just part of what's proposed to adjust to an expected 50% cut in state funding for fiscal year 2017.


Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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January 20, 2016

U of I Set To Freeze Tuition For Second Year

The University of Illinois is set to propose a tuition freeze for students entering in the fall. It would be the second year in a row that the system held tuition flat for in-state students.


Brian Moline and Lisa Bralts hamming it up for the camera
Michael Owen Thomas/Illinois Public Media
January 20, 2016

The Bandwagon - Episode Eight

Brian and Lisa are back for the first edition of The Bandwagon of 2016!  Topics include the St. Louis Rams relocating to sunny California, a current NFL player anonymously bashing the league, and the first in a series of discussions about great sports rivalries: Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe.


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