Gov. Rauner outlines what he calls "education bureaucracy" in a speech in Champaign on Thursday.

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January 30, 2015 - News Local/State

Rauner: “Education Bureaucracy” Standing In Way Of Education

Illinois has more than 850 school districts and over 13,000 school administrators in its K-12 system. Gov. Bruce Rauner says those numbers are bloat to the system and is calling for a paring down of what he calls "education bureaucracy."


Local union members turn out for a rally outside Gov. Rauner's speech in Champaign on Thursday.

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January 29, 2015 - News Local/State

Gov. Rauner Calls For Halt On Political Contributions From Labor Unions

Gov. Bruce Rauner lit a fire under labor unions in Illinois earlier this week when he suggested local governments — like counties or cities — should be able to implement their own right-to-work laws. On Thursday Rauner went one step further, saying government unions should be banned from contributing to political campaigns.


Steven Salaita during his appearance at the University YMCA on September 9, 2014.

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January 29, 2015 - News Local/State

Prof. Salaita Sues U of I Leaders, Board Of Trustees

The professor whose job offer was rescinded over comments made on Twitter seeks to be re-instated to the position, along with unspecified monetary damages.


Screenshot of video showing a car driving through a student rally outside Centennial High School.

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January 28, 2015 - News Local/State

No Charges To Be Filed In Champaign Centennial Protest Incident

A car windshield was broken when students participating in December's 'die-in' took to the street.  State's Attorney Julia Rietz suggests instead that the school district resolve it through 'mediation and community education.'


The University of Illinois Willard Airport

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January 27, 2015 - News Local/State

Panel On Airport’s Future Meets With U of I Chancellor

The task force made up of city and county officials, U of I staff, and business personnel spent all of 2014 looking for ways to secure Willard Airport's long-term future. It met with U of I Chancellor Phyllis Wise for the first time Tuesday.


January 27, 2015 - News Local/State

Art/BTS: Behind The Scenes With Tuscola Tattoo Artist Ainslie Heilich

WILL recently launched a series of interviews with some of the artists and creative minds who live and work in central Illinois. That includes Ainslie Heilich, a tattoo artist based in Tuscola who says he turned a childhood fascination with drawing into a successful career in the arts.


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