State News
4:52 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Tobacco Ban for State Universities in Illinois

Credit American Lung Association in Illinois

  New and much stricter anti-tobacco rules go into effect Wednesday at state supported colleges and universities in Illinois. To comply with a new state law, smoking is banned completely, and so is the use of any tobacco product including snuff.

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State News
10:30 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Universities may have to find other funding for commencement speakers

Credit Peoria Public Radio

A proposal in the Illinois House would bar public universities from paying commencement speakers with public funds. 

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State News
5:52 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Lawmakers want hearings on college severance packages

Democratic lawmakers are asking Illinois' colleges and universities for more information about administrators' contracts and benefits following a $762,000 buyout package that College of DuPage trustees approved for the school's president. 

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State News
3:47 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Proposed legislation helps universities find veteran owned businesses

Connecting universities and colleges with veteran-owned businesses is the goal of a proposal introduced in the Illinois House. When universities need to hire a company for any given project, they often have goals intended to help out firms owned by minorities, women and veterans. 

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State News
7:25 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Higher ed not keeping up with demand for mental health services

Colleges and universities continue to see growing demand for mental health services. But national data published this month shows budgets and staffing levels for most campus counseling centers aren’t keeping up with that demand. Illinois Public Radio’s Ryan Weber reports on the effect it’s having on students in the final story of our series, “Unmet Needs: Living with Mental Illness in Central Illinois.”  

University of Illinois student Hann Lindahl started to develop her anxiety in high school. It went untreated, and, during her first years of college, the anxiety grew, and so did the binging, and she started...

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State News
8:02 am
Tue August 13, 2013

IL public universities could share more research

A new law requires Illinois' public universities to consider making their research available for free, but it does not require it.

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