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Candidates for the 105th Illinois House District set public education funding as a top priority during a GLT debate Wednesday night at Illinois State's University Galleries.

Northern Illinois University will be the fourth research hub for the Illinois Innovation Network.

This hub will be part of a research network that spans three University of Illinois campuses, each focused on different subjects.  Gov Bruce Rauner says the state’s already budgeted $15 million for NIU’s center, and NIU President Lisa Freeman says the center will focus on issues of sustainability.  

"Environmental sustainability, water and food policy, water and food shortages," she said. 

Gov. Rauner said this could lead to significant innovation.

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lllinois has historically ranked second in the nation when it comes to high school graduates leaving the state to go to college. But there's good news for a certain set of students who opt to stay.

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Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker unveiled his higher education plan Wednesday during a stop at Illinois State University, pledging to spend millions more on financial aid for low-income students and those considering out-of-state schools.

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Over the last 15 years Illinois has seen a 57 percent increase in number of students choosing to go out-of-state for college—enough students to fill an entire public university campus.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz on Thursday announced new scholarships that could keep high schoolers from leaving the state, as he called on lawmakers to revamp the way they fund higher education.

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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.

Illinois government wants to keep kids from leaving the state for college. Its latest effort is a website and app that allows students and their parents to compare in-state schools.

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Illinois State University’s freshman class grew by 10 percent this fall as recruiters fought off out-of-state competition and uncertainty about the state budget.

IWU President Eric Jensen sits in a GLT studio in front of a microphone.
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Illinois Wesleyan University has its largest freshmen class in at least five years.

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One of Springfield’s top Republican negotiators on higher education said freeing up more money for financial aid might look easy compared to the coming debate over a new funding formula for state universities.

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Illinois settlement patterns did a lot to shape the early politics of the state and remain a force today, according to Illinois Wesleyan University Political Scientist Jim Simeone.

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The University of Illinois on Monday announced a new financial aid program designed to make enrollment at its Urbana-Champaign campus more affordable for middle-class students.

Heartland and Exelon leaders sign partnership
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A new partnership between Heartland Community College and Exelon gives employees at the Clinton Power Station customized courses towards an associate’s degree.

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Illinois is creating a new merit-based scholarship aimed at getting more high school graduates to attend in-state colleges and universities.

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At least one Illinois university will continue to ask applicants about their criminal histories despite a recent announcement from the Common Application that the form will no longer include the question as of next fall.

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Illinois State University leaders said projections show enrollment will be just fine in the fall term.

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Illinois State University posted its second highest fundraising year on record last budget year.

Digital Age Accelerates Cultural Globalization

Jul 17, 2018
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The digital age has aided globalization of popular culture, according to Illinois State University professor Lane Crothers

Western Illinois University has seen a sharp drop in student enrollment in recent years, which means less money coming in through tuition and fees.  That, combined with decreases in state financial support – especially during the two-year state budget impasse – hurt the university's finances, leading to layoffs, furloughs, and an early retirement program.

SIU Trustees will meet in special session Monday to vote on a separation agreement for System President Randy Dunn.

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The University of Illinois' new medical school is set to open its doors with its first class of 32 students.

The News-Gazette reports the Carle Illinois College of Medicine will kick off a weeklong orientation for students on Monday. There will be a welcome from Dean King Li, campus tours and a barbeque before studies begin.

"It's getting real," said Andrea Jake, director of student affairs.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday toured Illinois State University's aging Fine Arts complex, where nearly $6 million has been sunk into maintenance and short-term repairs.

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The Heartland Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a tentative budget for the next fiscal year. The $30.7 million spending plan allots for a $260,000 deficit, which is half of the original projection.

Dietz Pleased With State Budget

Jun 4, 2018
Homecoming parade at ISU
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The new state budget includes $1.3 million in additional money for Illinois State University.

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State Sen. Chapin Rose had what he thought was a no-brainer bill. All he wanted to do was help public universities connect with promising high school juniors by sharing basic data like standardized test scores.

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Heartland Community College

Heartland Community College is switching its location in Lincoln.

:  Faculty Association Lead Sean Colcleasure and Board Chair Gregg Chadwick sign the new 3-year agreement.
Heartland Community College

Heartland Community College and its faculty union have agreed on a three-year contract.

Homecoming parade at ISU
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The Illinois State University administration is recommending no increase in room and board rates for the next school year. And the proposal going to trustees on Friday includes a 3.75 percent increase in tuition.

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It’s graduation season. Illinois Wesleyan University is sending 424 students into the world this academic year, and 386 of them will participate in ceremonies at the Shirk Center on Sunday, IWU officials said.

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