John Bambanek
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April 28, 2017

After Withdrawal Of IBHE Nomination, Rauner Names Bambenek to Comm College Board

Two days after withdrawing his nomination to the state Board of Higher Education, Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed John Bambenek to a similar panel. The governor on Friday named the University of Illinois cybersecurity lecturer to the Illinois Community College Board. Bambanek wouldn’t comment on Rauner’s earlier decision, but says he’s grateful for the chance to serve.


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Wikimedia Commons
April 28, 2017

Soldier From Bloomington Killed In Attack In Afghanistan

The military says a 22-year-old soldier from central Illinois has been killed in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense released a statement Friday saying Sgt. Josh Rodgers of Bloomington was among two soldiers killed this week as a result of small arms fire in Nangarhar Province. Rodgers' family pastor, Paul Thomasson, tells the Pantagraph newspaper the family was notified of his death Wednesday.


Exterior of the Champaign County Historical Museum in Champaign, IL.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
April 28, 2017

Champaign County History Museum Set To Re-Open After Financial Struggles

When the Champaign County Historical Museum was forced to temporarily close a little over a year ago due to financial struggles, President T.J. Blakeman said they ultimately came to the decision that something had to be done to keep it alive.

“It just hadn’t been given its one last chance. It wasn’t fair to just let it dissolve into nothing,” he said.


Illinois Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, reacts to applause after taking the oath of office in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
April 27, 2017

State GOP Lawmakers Claim Rauner Won’t Layoff Nurses

A group of Republican lawmakers say Gov. Bruce Rauner has rescinded his decision to lay off 124 nurses at the Illinois Department of Corrections. Rauner was planning to move the jobs to a private contractor. The governor has not confirmed the announcement. The Illinois Nurses Association, the union representing the IDOC nurses, says it’s taking all this with some skepticism.


Helen J. McCorkle Public School, which was closed in Chicago several years ago.
Flickr/Noah Vaughn/(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
April 27, 2017

Superintendents Speak Out On Budget Impasse; IDOT Patronage Hiring; History Of Black Music Class

On the 21st: We talked with two school superintendents about why they could have trouble opening in the fall without a full state budget. Plus, we learned how top Democrats helped friends and relatives land jobs at the Illinois Department of Transportation, and discussed how local high school students are learning about the history of jazz.


Parkland Trustees being sworn in: Rochelle Harden, Bianca Green, Dana Trimble and Greg Knott.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
April 27, 2017

Parkland Professor Is Now Also Parkland Trustee

Rochelle Harden was sworn in Wednesday night as the first-ever African-American trustee at Parkland College in Champaign. But that milestone has been overshadowed by the fact that the new trustee is also a member of the community college’s faculty.


John Bambenek
John Bambenek
April 26, 2017

Rauner Withdraws Nomination Of Bambanek To IBHE

Bambenek's 2016 nomination was never confirmed by the Illinois State Senate and drew protests from University of Illinois faculty, who said he wasn't qualified to serve.


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