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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Demolition has started on a pair of old dormitories at Illinois State University.

 David Gill is director of facilities planning at Illinois State in Normal. He says work has begun with the dining hall that sits between the two closed dorms.

 Gill says that work will be followed by demolition of the Whitten-Hamilton and Atkin-Colby residence halls. All the work is expected to be done by May. The cost of tearing down the buildings is $3.9 million. 

The dorms have been vacant for three years.

Public universities at a loss over lack of funding

Oct 14, 2015

Some officials at public universities in Illinois are at least floating the idea of taking legal action against the governor and the Illinois legislature over the absence of a state budget. 

Leaders of several state universities and community colleges are sounding the alarm as they begin month three of receiving no money from Illinois. State support for Illinois’ 12 public universities and its 49 community colleges is the largest part of the state government that isn’t being funded during Springfield’s budget impasse. 

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Bloomington officials plan to review concerns raised by an Illinois State University professor about the effect a new oil pipeline might have on the city's water.

Industrial sociology professor William Rau told the city council Monday that he’s worried the Enbridge pipeline could leak where it crosses three creeks that contribute to the city's water supply.

Assistant City Manager Steve Rasmussen said at a meeting Tuesday that city staff are looking at Rau's concerns and talking to Enbridge about safeguards.

A Nobel laureate known for his efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons is set to speak at Illinois State University. Mohamed ElBaradei speaks Wednesday evening. His topic will be "Preventing a Nuclear Nightmare." ElBaradei is the former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois State Athletics Department has unveiled a memorial near an entrance to Redbird Arena to remember the seven who lost their lives in an April plane crash in central Illinois.  The memorial was unveiled in a recent private ceremony and is now open to members of the public. It features seven columns in a fountain to honor the assistant basketball coach, a school administrator and five fans killed in the crash outside Bloomington-Normal.

  NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State University says it has broken its previous private fundraising record by receiving $36.8 million in donations during the fiscal year that ended June 30. The figure is nearly double the previous high of $19.5 million last year. The school attributes the bump to an increase in large planned or deferred gifts and a growing alumni base of supporters. The $36.8 million includes cash, pledges, gifts-in-kind and estate commitments to the university. The school in Normal says the number of alumni donors has increased for the fifth year in a row.

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - The Normal Town Council is set to vote on a land-swap deal with Illinois State University that would allow for building a new fire headquarters on school-owned land. The council will vote whether to approve the deal Monday night.

The threat of a 40% cut in Amtrak funding drew objections from 16 university and municipal officials this morning.

An Illinois State University senior who planned to miss commencement for family reasons, has received a private send-off from the school's president.

A preliminary report on the airplane crash that killed seven people near Bloomington confirms the pilot unexpectedly changed course as he approached the airport.

A news conference at Illinois State University to discuss the seven school officials and fans who died in a plane crash while returning from the NCAA Tournament became a moving memorial. 

Illinois State University has unveiled a portrait of President Larry Dietz.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $425,000 grant to a pair of Illinois State University researchers studying a chemical found in many food containers and other plastics. 

Illinois State University officials say a student has been critically injured after a hit-and-run accident.

ISU program develops urban teachers

Oct 6, 2014

Peoria and Decatur Schools will benefit from an Illinois State University project to develop teachers for urban settings.

Copper piping stolen from decommissioned dorm

Oct 3, 2014
Peoria Public Radio

Illinois State University has hired a company to remove recyclables from the decommissioned Atkin Colby residence halls on the south side of campus. 

Governor Pat Quinn is hailing the completion of a regional broadband network anchored at Illinois State University as a major technological and economic step forward.

Former ISU President Charged With Disorderly Conduct

Mar 25, 2014

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.

State colleges sharing best practices

Oct 30, 2013

A two-day conference at Illinois State University seeks to spread best practices among the state's institutions of higher learning. All public four-year universities and most community colleges are in attendance, sharing in each other's practices aimed at boosting graduation rates and reducing costs.