Quinn: education funding not enough

Jun 28, 2013

After years of state budget cuts, Illinois schools will get roughly level funding under legislation signed into law Thursday. But Governor Pat Quinn says it's still not enough. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more. 

Area students launch weather balloon

May 22, 2013

Nearly 300 area middle school students gathered at the Caterpillar Learning Center in Edwards to assemble and launch a weather balloon.  The project was led by Riverview Grade School science teacher Emily Dawson.  Dawson says the weather balloon inflates to more than five feet across with sensors to measure pressure, humidity and temperature before it lands:

District 150 braces for possible state funding cuts

May 13, 2013

Peoria School District 150 is bracing for a potentially bleak financial picture next school year.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the state could cut funding to the district by more than $6 million:

Bustos pushes for year-round federal school grants

May 9, 2013

To help them complete their education, students should be able to attend college year-round. And that's the goal of a bill introduced Thursday by Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos - the Access to Education and Training Act.


Illinois' top education official says “it's not fair” that wealthy school districts are receiving extra money from the state.  As IPR’s Chris Slaby reports, it comes at the expense of districts that are less well off. 

Illinois education board asks for more funding

Mar 12, 2013

A week after Governor Pat Quinn suggested lawmakers slash the state's education budget -- Illinois school officials are asking them to instead increase spending on schools. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more: 

 The chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, Gery Chico, says public schools can't afford any more cuts. He says they're already eliminating extracurricular activities, getting rid of staff, and shortening the school day.

Quinn to call for cutting education in address

Mar 5, 2013

  Governor Pat Quinn is expected to call for cuts in education funding in his annual budget address Wednesday. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.  Although overall state spending is expected to increase in the coming budget year, the money that goes to education would be cut under Quinn's proposed budget.His top aides hammered what they say is the cause. Brooke Anderson: "It is the direct product of inaction on pension reform.Jack Lavin: "This budget is a direct result of the inaction on stabilizing pensions."Jerry Stermer: "...