Tucker Launer

February 07, 2019

Just In Case: ISBE Plans For Another Fed Shutdown

The Illinois State Board of Education is warning schools they may not get reimbursed for free and reduced-price lunch programs if the federal government goes into another shutdown.


A capacity crowd at Tuesday night's Urbana School Board meeting.

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February 06, 2019

Urbana 116 Officials Promise Better After Fights At UHS

Urbana school officials promised a capacity crowd attending Tuesday night’s school board meeting that they would do better. Their statements were in response to a series of fights Monday at Urbana High School that resulted in initial arrests of seven students and a parent, sent a teacher to the hospital, and led to the early dismissal of class.



A property tax relief provision added to Illinois' school funding law during final negotiations includes grants for a few districts that already have adequate funding, such as Oak Park River Forest High School.

Oak Park-River Forest High School

February 05, 2019

Property Tax Relief Measure Has A Few Wrinkles

More than two dozen school districts learned last week that they're eligible for property tax relief grants from the Illinois State Board of Education. Most of those districts have inadequate funding. But a few already exceed what's needed to provide a good education.


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February 04, 2019

Preparing Your Taxes This Year; New ‘Parent Lab’ Tutoring; Gov. Pritzker’s Executive Orders

On The 21st: 2017 saw some sizable federal tax code changes. This coming tax season will be the first since it’s taken effect, so what can Illinois taxpayers expect and prepare? Plus, most parents out there know how hard it can be to help children with their homework. A new program in Champaign called the 'Parent Lab” is helping tutor parents so that they have the right tools. Also, Governor Pritzker has signed eight executive orders since his term began three weeks ago. We’ll break down what’s new and what these orders say about Pritzker’s administration. 


Angela Kerndl/Illinois Public Media

February 01, 2019

U of I Lays Out Vision For University In New Five-Year Strategic Plan

U of I Vice Chancellor and Provost Andreas Cangellaris said the plan, which outlines the university’s vision and priorities through the year 2023, centers around increasing diversity and public engagement at the state’s flagship campus.


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