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The University of Illinois Springfield is the latest state school to see an enrollment decline, part a recent    trend for the campus.  

Winners and Losers As Illinois Universities Report Fall Enrollment

Sep 13, 2018

Illinois’ public universities have finished tallying up their student bodies for the new school year, and once again it’s a mix of winners and losers.

Obama Visits U Of I Campus, Urges Students To Vote

Sep 11, 2018

In his first major political speech since leaving office, former President Barack Obama took aim at the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress — blaming them for inciting division and stoking fears in the country.

Obama delivered the address at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, where he also accepted the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government from the Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

GEO Co-President On New Contract: ‘We Got What We Wanted’

Mar 14, 2018
Illinois Public Media

The Graduate Employees' Organization - or GEO - voted late last week on a new five-year contract with the University of Illinois. GEO Co-President Gus Wood said the new contract is an even better deal than what the union initially set out to get.

University of Illinois Graduate Workers Strike

Mar 2, 2018
Lee Gaines/Illinois Public Media

Graduate student employees on the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus are entering their fifth day of a week-long strike. Yesterday, academic colleges across the U of I campus reported 173 workers were on strike, forcing 139 classes to be canceled.

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University of Illinois media professor Jay Rosenstein has been a longtime critic of the amount of money spent on athletics on the Urbana campus.  Now he's published a series of articles that show that millions of taxpayer dollars are spent on U of I athletics each year, despite longtime claims to the contrary.

Years of mismanagement led to the state’s current fiscal crisis. A recent report from the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) suggests changes to the budgeting process that could help prevent future disasters. 

U Of I AD Fired, Will Get $2.5M Buyout

Nov 10, 2015

University of Illinois Interim Urbana Chancellor Barbara Wilson says the decision to fire athletic director Mike Thomas came after a law firm’s release of a final report into abuse allegations within the football and women’s basketball programs.

Biden Urges Illini Men To 'Show Courage'

Apr 24, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden told students on the University of Illinois Urbana campus Thursday that preventing sexual assault is a shared responsibility.

Biden used an emotional, almost evangelical tone to urge about 1,500 students to "show courage" and “be the man you were raised to be.”

"By the way gentlemen, silence is a form of approval. Inaction is a form of cowardice," he said. "Speaking up takes courage." 

The crowd cheered for the Vice President in the gym of one of the campus' recreation centers.

Biden voiced anger at those who commit sexual assault.

Soybeans pile up at a grain elevator outside of Heartwell, Neb. Nationwide, farmers harvested record-breaking amounts of corn and soybeans in 2014.
(Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media)

American farmers grew more corn and soybeans in 2014 than ever before, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest crop production report.

Researcher Looks at Whitenose Syndrome in Western IL

Nov 13, 2013
Lis Powers

Whitenose syndrome has devastated bat populations across the country. Now a researcher is hoping to answer some lingering questions about the disease by looking at bats in Western Illinois.

The head of a state panel on police officer training now says facilities in Macomb and Urbana can co-exist. 

It appeared the facility at the University of Illinois was about to close this summer. But the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board said Monday July 9 that it has come to an agreement with the U of I to keep that facility’s doors open.

Executive Director Kevin McClain said U of I President Robert Easter initiated talks with members of the board to explain the role of its Police Training Institute, repairing a relationship he described as "dormant."