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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.

Illinois State University is installing a new school seal to replace a 30-year-old predecessor.  The seal was designed by ISU graduate student George Barrecca under the direction of Albion Stafford. Stafford is associate director of the ceramics program at ISU's school of art. 

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State University says it believes that both its overall enrollment and freshman enrollment will set records for a third consecutive year.

Figures available during this first week of classes are only preliminary, but they show more than 3,600 freshmen and more than 21,000 students in all.

 Illinois State spokesman Jay Groves says official figures will not be available until next week. 

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A father and son from Chicago have been charged in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a woman visiting Illinois State University during orientation for incoming students.

19-year-old Shawn Childs Jr. is charged with four counts of criminal sexual assault. Shawn Childs Sr. is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver for allegedly putting ecstasy in the woman's soda during the alleged incident Tuesday.

 McLean County Assistant State's Attorney Adam Ghrist said Thursday when the alleged victim went to her room after feeling ill, she was followed by Childs Jr. and sexually assaulted. She reported the attack the following morning.

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The demolition of Illinois State University's more than 50-year-old residential hall complex should be done within weeks to make room for a nursing school building.  ISU's planning director, David Gill, says demolition of the H-shaped residence hall complex is expected to be finished during the first week of July.

Moody's Investors Service will review the credit worthiness of seven Illinois universities after downgrading the state's credit to two levels above "junk" status this week.   Moody's announced that "reviews for downgrade" will proceed on the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois University and Eastern Illinois University.

An increasing number of senior citizen facilities are using music therapy to help the elderly improve their cognitive skills, avoid depression and even stay more physically fit. 

Rory Bolton recently completed graduate studies in music therapy and piano performance at Illinois State University. Throughout his time at ISU, the 28-year-old singer performed at private parties and on cruise ships. For the past several months, Bolton has sung and played old standards and classic pop songs at Twin Cities residences for seniors. 

ISU Hikes Tuition 3 Percent

May 6, 2016

Illinois State University's Board of Trustees formally approved a 3 percent increase in tuition, fees, and room and board at a Trustee's meeting Friday.

For students who are Illinois residents, the increase amounts to an additional $10.78 per credit hour. ISU President Larry Dietz said the increase is necessary because of a $60 million short fall in the university's budget despite an expected infusion of stop gap funds by the state.

About 25 Illinois State University students attended a county board finance meeting to complain that some of their classmates had to wait for hours to cast ballots in last month's primary election.

BU Speech Team wins 16th State Championship

Mar 7, 2016
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The Bradley University Speech Team is celebrating its 16th straight state championship title. Bradley topped second place finisher Illinois State University and secured eight of the 11 individual state championships.

The Bradley Speech Team will spend the rest of the month practicing to compete in two national championships in April.

Illinois State University officials say an apparent information breach allowed someone to divert the direct-deposit payroll payments of more than a dozen faculty and staff members to another account.

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State University officials say an apparent information breach allowed someone to divert the direct-deposit payroll payments of more than a dozen faculty and staff members to another account.

Chief of staff Jay Groves says the breach appears to be limited to 13 of the school's employees and that it involved a total of about $50,000. He says the university has made sure the proper amount will be credited to the affected employees' accounts.

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State University has once again secured a national honor for its tree friendliness.

It's been designated as a Tree Campus USA. That's a title bestowed by the Arbor Day Foundation for colleges that promote healthy management of their campus forests.

 The Normal-based school said in a Thursday statement that it had to meet multiple criteria for the designation. That includes demonstrating it has a campus tree advisory committee and a campus tree-care plan.  

The Arbor Day Foundation launched the Tree Campus USA program in 2008. 

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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.