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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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Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday Democrats are moving too slowly on budget negotiations.

Illinois' largest public employee union feels it has plenty to complain about. The union known as AFSCME has been fighting for what it says is overdue pay -- going all the way back to 2011.

Every Sunday, a group of women meets in the basement of a church in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood to sort and package boxes of books. The boxes are sent to women in prisons in Illinois and beyond the state’s borders. In total, the group, Chicago Books to Women in Prison (BWP), has sent nearly 20,000 books to incarcerated women in the last five years, and tens of thousands since the organization was founded in 2002.


Green Top Grocery owners look at their new store
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The Illinois Department of Revenue's new administrative fee is outpacing budget expectations and has generated almost $50 million during its first eight months of collection.

A picture of Larry Alferink, head of the State Universities Annuitants Association
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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.

Flowers in the foreground with blue cloud studded skies above and an academic building in the middle ground.
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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz is asking state lawmakers for fair, dependable funding.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday brought his sales pitch for a state tax cut to Bloomington.

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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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The state has restored funding for one of the programs Children's Home and Aid cut two years ago, the Butterfly Project.

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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McLean County government must cut up to 25 people from its workforce, County Administrator Bill Wasson said Monday during a Board Finance Committee meeting.

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There has been another high-level departure from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.

Illinois State University

Illinois spent $14 million on planning for state universities' construction projects that have been mothballed.

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Flanked by local Republican legislators and school officials, Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped by Bloomington High School on Thursday to tout the state's new school funding formula.

Senator Jason Barickman on the Senate floor.
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The Illinois Senate has approved a new system for funding schools that will reduce large disparities between wealthy and poor districts.

Illinois Senate To Take Up School Funding Overhaul

Aug 29, 2017
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The Illinois Senate on Tuesday is expected to take up a school funding overhaul that will increase aid to all of the state's more than 800 districts.

Mike Madigan walks
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Illinois legislative leaders say they're still working out final details of a plan to fund the state's public schools.

Legislative leaders Thursday announced a tentative compromise on the thorny issue of school funding, but opposition is mounting to one part of that deal.

Republican Bill Brady on the Senate floor
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Illinois' legislative leaders said Thursday they've reached a tentative agreement in the state's school funding fight, but details are still being worked out.

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Frustrated by years of gridlock and bad decisions in Springfield, a panel of experts said Thursday that local governments, nonprofits, and business leaders may need to go their own way and rebuild their starved social service network using community resources.

Bruce Rauner
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Four members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's communications team have resigned weeks after being hired in the wake of the Republican's conflicting response to a political cartoon that critics call racist.  

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The business manager for Unit 5 said Wednesday he has never faced more uncertainty concerning school funding during his time with the district.

Superintendents, Mayors Push For School Funding Fix

Aug 23, 2017
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School superintendents from central and southern Illinois are pushing lawmakers to reach an agreement on overhauling the state's school funding formula.

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Illinois lawmakers are continuing to head for the exits. So far this year, at least 19 state senators and representatives have resigned, announced runs for higher office, or said they won’t seek re-election.

Mike Madigan walks
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The Illinois House speaker said Wednesday that his chamber will take a vote next week on overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding plan.

Republican Bill Brady on the Senate floor
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The lawmaker responsible for the school funding plan endorsed by the Senate over Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto said Sunday that the House should vote to override too.

Between a new state pension plan and Gov. Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto of the Democrats' school funding plan, some school districts would be in for a big hit in July 2020. The two changes would have a particularly significant impact on districts with high rates of teacher turnover and declining enrollment.

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Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said Wednesday he is cautiously optimistic the school's bus contractor will do better than the start of school last year.

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A plan being floated to steer taxpayer money toward a voucher-like program for families that send their children to private schools is a dangerous step backward toward segregation, Unit 5’s superintendent said Tuesday.

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