Northern Illinois University en Senate approves education funding <p></p><div>Illinois Democrats continued approving a new state budget on party-line votes Wednesday.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Senate approved spending plans for education, from elementary and high schools to colleges and universities, with funding pretty much at last year's level.</span></div><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 12:05:00 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 6469 at Senate approves education funding Former Il Gov comments on legislative session <p></p><div>A former Illinois Governor says he's watching Illinois lawmakers closely as this legislative session draws to a close. Jim Thompson says he’s disappointed with “the partisan rancor” in Springfield, but doesn’t blame the usual suspects:</div><div> Mon, 27 May 2013 12:25:33 +0000 Denise Molina & Jenna Dooley 6276 at Former Il Gov comments on legislative session Cost of housing has college students paying more <p></p><div>An Illinois legislative hearing on college affordability Wednesday shows the cost of updating university housing has students paying more.</div><div> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:15:55 +0000 Sean Flavin 1692 at