U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addresses media at the U of I on Wednesday.

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September 16, 2015

Top Education Official Denounces Illinois School Funding

Among the many political battles that have raged in Springfield since the election of Governor Bruce Rauner, one difficult battle has fallen off the radar. The fight for a new school funding formula has been pushed to the wayside as the state operates without a budget for a third month, and Springfield's top politicians talk over each other.


University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

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September 15, 2015

Cow Deaths In Surgery Prompt Changes At U of I Vet Med

Five of the animals died following abdominal surgery last month.  A USDA inspection report means more vets and vet technicians monitoring students, having vetinary staff and student monitor animals after operations, and doing procedures in surgery suites. 


Democratic Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.

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September 15, 2015

Durbin’s Lead On Iran Deal Sparks Rumors: What’s Next For Illinois’ Senior U.S. Senator?

Illinois' junior, Republican Senator Mark Kirk -- opposes the nuclear deal with Iran. But the state's senior U.S. Senator Democrat Dick Durbin, has been key in sheparding it through Congress. That's provided grist for the D.C. rumor mill. Durbin is the Senate Democrats' No. 2, what's known as the minority whip. A job at which Durbin excelled when it came to the nuclear agreement. 


Highway sign along Interstate 72

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September 14, 2015

Stop-And-Go Federal Highway Funding Could Get The Green Light

A three-year highway funding bill is on the Congressional docket this month. Illinois' Senior U.S. Senator -- Dick Durbin -- said he's hopeful the House will follow in the Senate's footsteps and approve a long-term plan.


U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis visits with Tim Nugent at Nugent Hall on the U of I campus Saturday.

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September 14, 2015

Davis, Kirk, Seek Congressional Honors For ‘Father Of Accessibility’

A letter went out to members of Congress Monday detaiing a measure that seeks to award innovator Tim Nugent with the Congressional Gold Medal.  His modifications to the U of I campus, like curb cuts and handicapped-accessible bus routes were among the first in the country.


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