Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner
(AP Photo)
November 15, 2015

Madigan Can’t Attend Budget Summit, Rauner Postpones It

After House Speaker Michael Madigan announced he would be forced to miss Wednesday's meeting with Gov. Rauner and other legislative leaders, Governor Bruce Rauner moved the meeting to December 1st. 

2012 photo of Paralympian and NWBA president Sarah Castle
University of Missouri at Kansas City
November 14, 2015

Wheelchair Basketball Group Looks To Build On Nugent’s Vision

University of Illinois wheelchair athlete and graduate Sarah Castle is the president of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, founded nearly 70 years ago by 'Father of Accessibility' Tim Nugent, who died this week.  "His passion and his love for the game, but also his desire for the well-being of every athlete was completly apparent," she said.

The U of I's ten trustees signed a giant cardboard declaration meant to urge the governor and lawmakers to end the state's budget standoff that's blocked funding from the U of I and other state universities.
Hannah Meisel/Illinois Public Media
November 12, 2015

U of I Hopes To Thaw State Budget Standoff… With Giant Cardboard Declaration

In the 4.5 months Illinois has gone without a budget, public colleges and universities have received no funding from the state, forcing them to cut staff, dip into cash reserves and do whatever's necessary to stay afloat. Officials from the state's biggest university are hopeful that political leaders in Springfield will hear their plea.

Visiting Prof. Steven Salaita of the American University of Beirut.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
November 12, 2015

U Of I Trustees Approve $600,000 Settlement With Salaita, He Will Not Teach At University

The professor whose job offer was rescinded over a series of messages about Israel on Twitter is expected to receive a lump-sum payment of $600,000, plus $275,000 in legal fees, but will not be hired by the U of I. Trustees approved the settelement 9-1 at their meeting in Chicago. The only 'no' vote came from Trustee Tim Koritz.

Map of the Mahomet Aquifer
(Illinois State Water Survey)
November 12, 2015

Clinton Landfill Consent Decree Filed In Court

A consent decree limiting what types of waste can go into the Clinton Landfill was entered in DeWitt County Court Thursday, ending a legal dispute between the facility and a coalition of 14 local governments concerned about the potential threat to the Mahomet Aquifer.

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