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Illinois State University faces a federal lawsuit from a former male student who says the way the school handles sexual misconduct cases violated his rights.

The 1976 summer Olympics were the first held in Canada. Many remember 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, Finnish distance runner, Lasse Viren, Leon and Michael Spinks, and Sugar Ray Leonard. These athletes, and the American men’s basketball team, took home gold medals.

1976 was also the first year for women’s Olympic basketball.  Peoria native Charlotte Lewis teamed with Ann Meyers and Nancy Lieberman to capture the silver medal.

An ISU professor has recently found himself in demand to help explain the sexual harassment scandal facing the nation.

John Pryor is a distinguished professor emeritus of psychology who developed a test in the 1980s that predicts who is likely to engage in sexually harassing behavior.

Pryor says some studies indicate a link between harassment and power, and that those in positions of power may feel they have the right to abuse others.

ISU Considers Adding Engineering

Nov 27, 2017

Illinois State University is considering adding an engineering program to meet what university officials say is a "robust demand" for the degree in Illinois.


A committee is studying whether to pursue an engineering program, but a decision is still months away.


Greg Simpson is dean of ISU's College of Arts and Sciences. He says, "There are a lot of really outstanding students that continue to look for a program."


Budding entrepreneurs will compete for financial investment and in-kind services in the Startup Showcase on Friday in Bloomington.

Illinois State University is getting a $12.5 million federal grant to help school principals.

Illinois spent $14 million on planning for state universities' construction projects that have been mothballed.

Illinois State University says it raised $21.4 million in private dollars during fiscal year 2017 -- the third-best year on record.

Illinois health officials say they're seeing an increase in tick-borne illness among residents in the state.

The Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing is getting a $2 million federal grant to help make the nursing workforce more diverse.

Public Universities Continue Battle with Budget

Jun 12, 2017

There are many ways to track the toll of the state’s nearly two-year-old budget standoff. Illinois Public Radio’s David Mercer reports for public universities that is often meaning job cuts. 

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State University is getting a $3 million boost for its new cybersecurity program that'll start this fall. 

Incoming Illinois State University students this fall won't pay more to attend the school than last year's freshman class.  ISU trustees voted to hold tuition, fees and room-and-board rates steady for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is about to disappear. However, Illinois State University will be able to offer a peek under the big top.
The university says the son of a man who once helped lead the "Greatest Show on Earth" donated more than 15 boxes of letters and documents that once belonged to his father. The papers will become part of the school's collection of memorabilia, posters and other papers from circuses around the world.  

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State University is establishing a new academy to help youth in foster care prepare for and graduate from college. / Flickr/Creative Commons

Illinois' continued state budget problems have prompted S&P Global Ratings to downgrade the credit worthiness of six state universities and the City Colleges of Chicago.  The credit house says it took action with the schools because it's possible lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner will fail to agree on an annual budget by the scheduled end of the legislative session May 31.

Actress Patricia Arquette is a keynote speaker during a week of science and technology events at Illinois State University.  University officials say the events at the campus in Normal this week will include a professional development dinner and a conference on women in leadership. 

Moody's Investors Service says it will review most of Illinois' public universities for potential credit downgrades over the next three months.  The bond credit rating business also bumped Northeastern Illinois University's credit down two levels.

Illinois State University reports that three students have confirmed cases of mumps, meeting the state health department's definition of an outbreak.  Health department officials say the sickened students are recovering and weren't hospitalized.

Illinois State University is asking the public to weigh in on the institution's future.  The school is asking for community input on the challenges ISU is facing and what the university should look like in 15 to 20 years. People are invited to complete a survey online by Feb. 24.

Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Lynch has received an honorary doctoral degree from her alma mater Illinois State University. Lynch is a native of the Chicago suburb of Dolton and a 1982 graduate of Illinois State's theatre program. 

A central Illinois movie theater is screening a free series of Alfred Hitchcock classics, each followed by discussions with a film scholar.  It's called the "Six Week Film School" and it gets started next week at the Normal Theater in Normal.

Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Lynch will receive an honorary doctoral degree from Illinois State University next month.  Lynch is a native of the Chicago suburb of Dolton and a 1982 graduate of Illinois State's theatre program. 

A preliminary report on college enrollment in Illinois shows a decline at all sectors of higher education.

Public universities, community colleges and private colleges — all three categories showed a drop in enrollment, according to a report from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Illinois State University and the three University of Illinois campuses showed slight upticks; all other public schools declined by an average of almost 3 percent compared to last year.   Private non-profit schools showed less of a decline, with an overall decrease of about 2 percent.

A judge is deciding whether or not to give defense lawyers access to confidential records related to a woman who has accused a man of raping her during an on-campus orientation event at Illinois State University.  19-year-old Shawn Childs Jr. is charged with sexual assault and abuse of a 19-year-old woman July 19.

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A mural honoring Rosa Parks is part of renovations on the Illinois State University campus at the approach of the anniversary of the civil rights pioneer's arrest for refusing to give her bus seat to a white passenger.  The mural decorates the newly renovated Rosa Parks Conference Room at Watterson Towers, an ISU residence hall. The room has been given a technology upgrade too. Mirrors for dance groups and a white board wall have also been added.

Campus area taverns. restaurants, and sports bars were all at capacity with people lined up outside to watch the Cubs win the World Series.

After the ten inning end to a 108 year drought in championships, people poured out onto the streets and headed for the Illinois State University quad in the thousands.

Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities are teaming up to prepare students for work in the Peace Corps.  A news release from the two universities in Bloomington-Normal says the Peace Corps Prep certificate program will prepare students for development work internationally or within the U.S.

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Illinois State University says its fall enrollment is up and the school has its largest freshman class in decades.  The announcement comes as some state universities brace for the possibility of enrollment declines due to Illinois' budget crisis and a lack of state university funding.

Wind Energy a Boon to Economy

Sep 5, 2016

A new study makes the case for wind energy as a boon to the economy.  David Loomis is Director of the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University, which did the analysis. He says when adding up various factors, wind farms in Illinois account for 6 billion dollars worth of activity over a 25 year period.  Among those factors: jobs.