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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville).

Several Metro East school superintendents are among more than 400 school leaders calling on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the state legislature to pass a budget. That’s on top of a lawsuit asking the state to give schools what they were promised.

Faculty members at the University of Illinois Springfield have voted to authorize a strike.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Autism Society of Southern Illinois President Stephanie Brown about the introduction of Julia - a character living with autism - to Sesame Street.



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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner brought his campaign tour to southern Illinois Wednesday.

Speaking to a group of supporters and workers at Aisin Manufacturing in Marion, the governor says Illinois government is broken and his turnaround agenda items are needed to fix it.

A Republican state senator from Bloomington Wednesday became the third legislator to introduce a competing education funding plan.

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Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

A procedural move stymied plans to allow SIU Carbondale to borrow from SIU Edwardsville Thursday, but leaders say the idea isn’t dead.

Seventeen school superintendents sued the state of Illinois Wednesday.  They're asking Governor Bruce Rauner and the state board of education to come up with a funding formula that would help schools meet the state's learning standards.

Last week, when Southern Illinois University revealed that its main campus in Carbondale needs to borrow money from its Edwardsville location, the news seemed shocking. Who knew SIU was in such dire straits? It wasn’t the kind of news any school would want to broadcast.

School funding has been one of the most hotly debated issues in the statehouse, but in recent days, there’s been a glimmer of hope. A Democrat filed new funding plan, and a key Republican in the Illinois Senate appeared to endorse it, issuing a statement saying that he was “cautiously optimistic.” Was this the beginning of a bipartisan solution? We decided to do a reality check.

 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Diana Brawley Sussman and Sumera Makhdoom about the upcoming 11 Days for Compassion in Carbondale.

The Grand Bargain is a package of interlocking legislation designed to break the budget impasse. How important is school funding to that deal? Important enough that leaders titled it Senate Bill One. Under the plan filed by Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), the state would freeze funding at current levels. Any additional dollars would be distributed based on each district’s demographics and unique needs, channeling the bulk of the money toward low-income districts.

Education leaders from all over the state converged on Carbondale Friday, trying to move the issue of education funding forward in Illinois.

After the death of a University of Illinois student, school and community leaders want to know how they can curb binge drinking at the annual "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day" event.

News that Northeastern Illinois University is cutting hundreds of student jobs has workers at schools across the state nervous.

 

A group of retired military generals is the latest to come out against an element of the Illinois Senate's "grand bargain" legislation. Their focus is a measure that would cut the state’s mandate of daily physical education to just three times a week.

There are 9,469 students enrolled at Western Illinois University this spring semester. It's the first time this century Western's student body has dropped below 10,000.

An Illinois House committee has cleared a proposal that would require public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants who finish with a GPA in the top 10 percent of their high school's graduating class.

The News-Gazette reports the House Higher Education Committee passed the bill Wednesday despite opposition from the University of Illinois and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Retired Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard is taking on another leadership role in higher education.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday visited Herrin Junior High School and discussed the need to pump more funding into K through 12 education.

Beth Purvis serves as Gov. Bruce Rauner's Secretary of Education, and she headed the 25-member commission he tasked with finding a way to make Illinois' school funding more equitable. After six months of meetings, the bipartisan panel adjourned yesterday releasing a report meant to guide lawmakers toward drafting a reform measure. Shortly after that final meeting, Purvis talked to me about the novel test she used with the commission, and why the panel stopped short of endorsing a specific plan.

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed a southern Illinois educator to the Illinois State Board of Education.

Rauner says Kevin Settle's 34 years' experience as a superintendent, assistant regional superintendent and teacher will bring important experience and regional perspective to the board.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing the country’s largest student loan provider for consumer fraud.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner spoke in Rockford Thursday to tout a new school funding framework.

A group of lawmakers has agreed on a framework for making the way Illinois funds its schools more equitable. But whether it will lead to a long-elusive legislative fix remains to be seen.

A state representative from Chicago is trying to bring the spirit of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign to Illinois. His idea? Free tuition at Illinois' public universities.

Democrat Will Guzzardi knows Illinois will not be providing free college tuition anytime soon.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago State University is getting a whole new slate of leaders.

The school has struggled financially for the last few years due in part to the state's budget impasse.

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Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Governor Bruce Rauner and other state education leaders visited Carbondale Community High School Friday, where he signed legislation aimed at helping schools hire more full-time and substitute teachers.

A group of 1,000 students from De Montfort University in Leicester, England is in New York City this week.   The group is on an educational mission of tolerance and social responsibility in the post-Brexit / post-U.S. Election era.     The mission and student demographics of DMU is similar to that of SIU Carbondale.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Vice Chancellor Dominic Shellard  about the group’s trip to the Big Apple.

The student's visit will culminate on Friday with a rally in Central Park; embracing the importance of being global citizens.

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