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Obscured in the last three years of budget struggles in the state of Illinois is a remaining massive unfunded liability in state pension systems—$129 billion by some accounts.

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An Illinois House committee has approved a bill that would prevent credit card companies from marketing their products on public university and community college campuses.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz is asking state lawmakers for fair, dependable funding.

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Heartland Community College

The last of the finalists for the job of Heartland Community College president will visit campus Monday and Tuesday.

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Illinois State University's new provost is Jan Murphy.

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An Illinois State University professor who once sued the institution over gender pay equity has now given ISU its largest faculty cash gift ever.

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Unit 5 officials are not thrilled with Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to shift pension costs from the state to local school districts.

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A local nonprofit organization has found a new home for a rare, historical text from the 19th century.

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Illinois Wesleyan University is hoping to boost the number of students it enrolls from McLean County by significantly raising financial awards for those students.

Heartland Community College
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State Farm Insurance is giving Heartland Community College $383,000 to support three workplace preparedness programs involving short-term certificates and career coaching.

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The Heartland Community College Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to move ahead with a debt swap that administrators hope will increase financial flexibility.

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An associate dean of Illinois State University's Milner Library said his recent trip to the Gulf state of Qatar to help create that country's national library was an exciting adventure.

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The latest quarterly look at the Peoria area economy shows modest growth and projected stability.

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An Egyptian Muslim and former exchange student at Heartland Community College said he is disillusioned by mixed messages he's receiving from the United States.

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Illinois Wesleyan University’s president said Thursday that a plan to tax college endowments as part of a larger tax overhaul would unfairly harm private schools and make them less affordable.

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A longtime fixture of Illinois State University has passed away.

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Wayne Messmer is an iconic voice in Illinois, serving as a professional speaker, broadcaster, actor, author, and of course, singer. He's also an Illinois Wesleyan University graduate.

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An author who chronicles the effects of globalization on food and clothing is urging the public to become more informed.

Larry Dietz at news conference
Illinois State University

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said a looming state election cycle could hold new budget negotiations hostage.

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Illinois State University is entering the public phase of its long-awaited major fundraising campaign.

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At least two significant demonstrations were sparked Tuesday in Bloomington-Normal after President Donald Trump's decision to wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

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Many people have been struck by the strength and persistence of Hurricane Harvey, still drenching the Texas Gulf Coast with a record amount of rain recorded in one event in north America.

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Illinois State University's Board of Trustees must vote again on the contract employing President Larry Dietz.

When the board approved the contract Aug. 6, it turns out four of them weren't trustees at all.

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Most of the national teacher shortage comes because teachers are getting out of the profession.

That's according to Nancy Latham, an early childhood education professor at Illinois State University and its representative to the State Board of Education.

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An Illinois State University scholar has taken on a massive biography of a historical figure who is one of the founding myths of Germany.

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Former Illinois State University provost and retired Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb is not slowing down in retirement. Goldfarb has just published a new edition of his book on the history of the theater, called "Living Theatre."

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A pair of grants will allow Illinois State University's Mennonite College of Nursing to address the diversity of the nursing workforce and help nurses find a place where they are most needed.

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The new state budget will fund Illinois colleges and universities at the level of funding they received in 2015—minus 10 percent. But there’s one area of higher education that got a boost.

Larry Dietz speaks to crowd
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The president of Illinois State University said Thursday's passage of a state budget is a welcome relief. Larry Dietz said more work remains to be done, but at least there is a way forward.

"It makes life a lot easier in terms of the planning. Frankly we have felt that nobody cares much about education because there has been no scheme and no plan to fund it," said Dietz.

Kennedy Slams Rauner For Intentional Damage To State

Jun 20, 2017
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One of the Democratic Candidates for Governor is accusing Republican Governor Bruce Rauner of purposefully wrecking Illinois.

Speaking recently in Normal, Chris Kennedy said Governor Rauner intentionally used the budget deadlock to target social services.

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