Foellinger Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
JanetandPhil/flickr
July 02, 2016

Many Illinois Universities Take Credit Hit After Stop-Gap Budget

Higher education was a major victim of Illinois’ year-long budget impasse. That makes it one of the winners in the stopgap spending plan passed this week.  But universities aren’t breathing too easily. University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen expressed gratitude for the compromise, but said more must be done. In an email to students and employees yesterday, he said the U of I will receive roughly 55-percent of what it saw in 2015 – the last year higher education was fully funded.


Collage of Book Covers discussed on today's show
Travis Stansel
July 01, 2016

The 21st’s Summer Book List (Vol. 3, Guilty Pleasures)

List of Suggested Summer Reading - Guilty Pleasures Edition - by Rachelle Brandel, student librarian and Treasurer, American Library Association Student Chapter, UIUC; Jesus Espinoza, Vice-President, American Library Association Student Chapter, UIUC; and Anna Lapp, student librarian and Social Media Manager, American Library Association Student Chapter, UIUC.


Graphic Reading: The State of Illinois has no Budget; I care slash don't care because followed by a blank line
Khaoula Dellahi and Ben Thomas Payne
June 30, 2016

Is There A Lack of Empathy Around The State Budget Impasse?; Argonne Celebrates 70 Years

On The 21st: Is there a lack of empathy around the budget impasse? Do citizens of the state feel helpless to do anything? We spoke with Kurt Gray, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina; and Scott Althaus, Director, Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois, about voters' feelings of, or lack of, empowerment around the budget issue. And Argonne National Laboratory Turns 70 on Friday; we talked about the past and future of this premier research facility.


Mark Grizzard directing the ISU Mens Glee Club at Redbird Arena
Jerrod Campbell
June 30, 2016

ISU Music Professor Re-imagines Morning Edition Theme

Two months ago, NPR's Morning Edition challenged listeners to reinvent its theme music. Submissions since have spanned genres, including ambient, dubstep, reggae, waltz, jazz, and blues. Illinois State University School of Music Professor Mark Grizzard recently took up the challenge. 


House Speaker Michael Madigan & Sen. President John Cullerton greet Gov. Bruce Rauner.
WUIS
June 30, 2016

Illinois Issues: The Impasse And The Damage Done

Democratic leaders in the legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner appear to be close to a deal to approve some funding for social service providers, higher education, capital construction and state operations. The proposal would also fund K-12 schools for all of next fiscal year. But the plan can’t erase the destruction caused by the state going for a year without a budget.​​


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