KCD Lower School Computer Lab (CC BY-NC 2.0)

October 16, 2018

More Illinois Schools Have Access To High-Speed Internet, But Some Still Suffer Without It

Access to high-speed internet stops about seven miles east of both Nippersink School District 2 and Richmond-Burton Community High School District 157, according to Tom Lind. He’s the superintendent of both districts, located near the border of Wisconsin —  about 70 miles northwest of Chicago.


Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois

October 12, 2018

U of I Breaks Ground On ‘Transformation’ Of Mechanical Engineering Building

The $41 million addition and renovation was made possible through a donation from 1981 graduate Sidney Lu, the first chairman and CEO of Foxconn Interconnect Technology Limited, a subsidiary of electronic manufacturing giant Foxconn. 


Roughly 200 teachers, as well as children and union supporters rallied outside the Champaign Unit 4 administration building on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018.

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October 12, 2018

Champaign Teachers Union Votes To Authorize Strike

The Champaign Federation of Teachers voted Thursday afternoon to authorize a strike, according to union president Jennifer White. The move comes after she said the union and Champaign District 4 officials failed to come any closer to a contract agreement during a bargaining session earlier this week.


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October 04, 2018

U of I Expands Tobacco Ban To Include Smoke-Free Products

The new rule, which goes into effect next August, includes dissolvable forms of tobacco known as orbs and strips. Electronic cigarettes, vaping devices and chewing tobacco will also continue to be banned. 


JB Pritzker and Bruce Rauner

Courtesy Pritzker and Rauner campaigns

October 03, 2018

Where Do Illinois Candidates Stand On Student Debt?

Jeff Martin, a high school admission advisor for the Midwest Technical Institute, worries about the amount of college debt facing the students he talks to for a living. He should know because he was in their shoes once. Martin said he travels to high schools to talk to students about college and career choices.


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October 02, 2018

Applying To College When Your Immigration Status Is In Limbo; Flu Season; Lincoln’s Alleged Hat

On The 21st: Many high school students are working on their college applications. But for those whose immigration status is in limbo, how much harder is that process? Plus, years ago the Lincoln Foundation spent millions of dollars on a hat said to belong to the former President. But now there are doubts about whether that hat really was Lincoln’s. But first, we speak with the experts about staying healthy this flu season. 


Urbana District 116 Superintendent Don Owen and Urbana High School principal Deloris Brown stand in the cafeteria of Urbana High School.

Lee V. Gaines / Illinois Public Media

September 27, 2018

Urbana District 116 Admins Say Discipline Still Exists At The High School

Roughly 100 people showed up to a town hall meeting at Urbana High School Tuesday night. The meeting was called in response to community concerns about student safety and, at points, grew contentious with parents and students complaining about a lack of security at the high school and a perceived lack of discipline.


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