Sign at Northeastern Illinois University.
Northeastern Illinois University
April 18, 2017

Moody’s Lowers Rating For One State School, Threatens To Do Same For Six Others

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the credit rating of one state university in Illinois — Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.  The lower rating takes Northeastern well become so-called junk status. And the bond credit rating company says the rating could be lowered even further.


University of Illinois at Springfield logo
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April 14, 2017

UIS Faculty Approve Strike Authorization Vote

Professors at the University of Illinois Springfield could go on strike. That’s the result of a vote this week by United Faculty, a chapter of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Back when it was called Sangamon State University, the Springfield campus had a faculty union. But since joining the University of Illinois system, professors have been without a bargaining unit.


Lincoln Family in the Lincoln Presidential Museum Entry Plaza. John Wilkes Booth can be seen watching them.
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April 14, 2017

Lincoln Museum Removes Booth Statue From Entry Plaza

A life-size statue of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, shown lounging at the entrance to the White House, has been removed from the Lincoln Presidential Museum's main plaza.


Rauner visits with supporters and employee at HL Precision Manufacturing in Champaign Wednesday.
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April 13, 2017

Rauner Talks Reforms, Higher Ed Funding In State ‘Tour’

Gov. Bruce Rauner wrapped a 10-city tour with a visit to a Champaign manufacturer Wednesday. As his call for budget reforms wrapped at HL Precision Manufacturing on the city's west side, about 25 members of state government unions called on the Republican governor to 'do your job', saying Rauner should come to the table to negotiate with AFSCME. A Rauner spokesperson says the trek around the state, which was not on the governor's official schedule, was not about his re-election campaign, although it was paid for with political funds.


A coal mine exhibit in Evanston.
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April 11, 2017

The Future Of Illinois Coal Mining; School Funding Lawsuit; Video Game College Scholarships

On the 21st: We discussed the future of coal mining with the Illinois Coal Association president, a union president, and a reporter with Inside Energy. We also learned why 17 Illinois school superintendents are suing the state for inequitable funding, and learned more about why some colleges are offering scholarships for competitive video gaming.


Guest speakers and supporters at the I-CAUSE rally at the U of I Urbana campus
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 07, 2017

Campus Groups Rally In Support Of DACA Students

University of Illinois students living in the US without legal authorization talked about how their status keeps them from reaching their full potential at a campus rally Friday. I-CAUSE, or the Illinois Coalition Assisting Undocumented Students' Education, held the second annual 'Coming Out of the Shadows' event on the U of I campus quad. The group also provides training to other students and faculty on how to become advocates.


Members of the Black United Front unfurl a banner at a University of Illinois trustees meeting on March 15, 2017.
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April 04, 2017

Project 1000; New Central Illinois Health Clinic; In Studio: Jupiter String Quartet

On the 21st: We spoke with two students from Black United Front UIUC, a group that is urging the University of Illinois to recruit more black students and provide better resources. Plus, we learned about a new health clinic that aims to increase access to affordable medical and dental care in central Illinois, and we were joined in studio by the Jupiter String Quartet for a preview of their upcoming performance in Urbana. 


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