Southern Illinois University http://peoriapublicradio.org en Durbin calling for increase in spending on medical research http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/durbin-calling-increase-spending-medical-research <div>Dick Durbin is calling for an increase in federal spending on medical research. The Illinois senator made his case Monday in Springfield, before &nbsp;a group of doctors and scientists at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. IPR's Brian Mackey has more.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Durbin says federal investment in basic medical research has lagged far behind inflation. He says a decade ago, 30 percent of grant proposals were funded, while today that number is down to just 15 percent.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:18:16 +0000 Brian Mackey 24600 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Durbin calling for increase in spending on medical research Illinois' poor credit rating could impact universities http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-poor-credit-rating-could-impact-universities <div>Recent downgrades to Illinois' credit rating could soon have an effect on universities all over the state.</div><div> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:56:09 +0000 Jennifer Fuller 7874 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Illinois' poor credit rating could impact universities Senate approves education funding http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/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 http://peoriapublicradio.org Senate approves education funding Universities agree to pick up cost of employee retirement benefits http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/universities-agree-pick-cost-employee-retirement-benefits <p></p><div>Illinois universities and community colleges have signed on to a deal that would have them pick up the cost of their employees' retirement benefits. &nbsp;It's part of lawmakers' ongoing efforts to reduce how much the state is spending on pensions. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois has cut its spending on universities for years, and even more reductions are expected next year. School administrators say it's forced them to hike tuition, and to leave positions unfilled. And yet they've agreed to a plan that could collectively cost them hundreds of millions of dollars.</span></p></div><div> Fri, 17 May 2013 12:13:35 +0000 Denise Molina & Amanda Vinicky 5754 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Universities agree to pick up cost of employee retirement benefits