Illinois universities http://peoriapublicradio.org en Former ISU President Charged With Disorderly Conduct http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/former-isu-president-charged-disorderly-conduct <p></p><p>The McLean County State's Attorney's office has filed a charge of Disorderly Conduct against former Illinois State University President Tim Flanagan. The case stems from an early December incident involving Flanagan and the then head of grounds over a lawn aeration job at the official university residence on Gregory Street. State's Attorney Jason Chambers says the Class C Misdemeanor is defined as a knowing act in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another or to provoke a breach of the peace.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:32:03 +0000 Charlie Schlenker 20783 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Former ISU President Charged With Disorderly Conduct Universities struggle amid declining enrollment http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/universities-struggle-amid-declining-enrollment <p>Enrollment is down at many of Illinois' public universities. As Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel reports, the lost tuition is hurting schools' bottom line.</p><div><p>As the state has cut funding to higher education, universities have made up for the losses by raising tuition. But when there are fewer students to pay, colleges feel the squeeze all over again. At Western Illinois University, enrollment is down two percent from last year -- about 500 fewer students. Officials say that's an opportunity cost a nearing a million dollars. Western's president Jack Thomas:</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:30:27 +0000 Hannah Meisel 19583 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Universities struggle amid declining enrollment Senate hears pension reform proposal for university employees http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senate-hears-pension-reform-proposal-university-employees <p>As lawmakers began returning to Springfield Tuesday, they had a hearing to consider the merits of yet another pension proposal. This one is aimed just at people who work for Illinois' public universities. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois university employees would be asked to pay two percent more out of every paycheck. And when they retired, cost-of-living increases would be just half the rate of inflation, instead of the current three percent compounded annually.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:08:09 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 7584 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Senate hears pension reform proposal for university employees Some IL schools participating in new disaster preparation program http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/some-il-schools-participating-new-disaster-preparation-program <p></p><div>Nine Illinois universities and colleges including Heartland Community&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">College in Normal will take part in a new disaster preparation initiative. &nbsp;</span></div><div> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:57:13 +0000 Denise Molina 4422 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Some IL schools participating in new disaster preparation program