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Western Illinois University has seen a sharp drop in student enrollment in recent years, which means less money coming in through tuition and fees.  That, combined with decreases in state financial support – especially during the two-year state budget impasse – hurt the university's finances, leading to layoffs, furloughs, and an early retirement program.

SIU Trustees will meet in special session Monday to vote on a separation agreement for System President Randy Dunn.

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Ten days ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public sector employees who choose not to join unions no longer have to pay reduced fees to cover collective bargaining. And already, a crusade to persuade teachers to drop union membership has hit Illinois.

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Heartland Community College is set to become the first community college in the state to offer counseling services to its students by video.

Unit 5

Two Unit 5 parents have been chosen to fill vacancies on the school board.

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Another Unit 5 school board member is stepping down.

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Chuck Bleyer is worried the southern Illinois school district he heads won’t be able to fill an open teacher position by the time classes start this fall.

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The Unit 5 school board discussed Wednesday how its schools are taking the next step in introducing a new approach to grading in the district.

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Unit 5 school board member David Fortner said Wednesday he wants to do away with Columbus Day.

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University High School students and faculty participated in a full-scale emergency drill Friday at Redbird Arena that included a reunification process between parents and students.

Illinois State University

Greek life coordinators at Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State universities are working to prevent hazing incidents through education.

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Organizers of a union that would represent Illinois State University graduate students have crossed a threshold.

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The Unit 5 school board on Wednesday approved Nathan Fincham as the new Normal West high school football coach. But the action came with concerns voiced by the public.

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Unit 5 School Board President Jim Hayek will resign from his position at the end of May.

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A new proposal from Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget address could force universities to pick up more of the cost of pensions and health insurance for Illinois State employees.

Gametime Inc. and Harmony Park Project

A new playground planned for Bloomington's east side is designed for kids with disabilities and to bring all children together.

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The Unit 5 school board on Wednesday voted to renew its contract with First Student for two years, with some board members saying the bus vendor has restored their faith in the company.

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Sherri served food for nearly three decades. Now, she's on the receiving end.

Illinois State University

A new report has labeled the state’s teacher shortage a crisis—one that’s particularly bad for Central Illinois districts struggling to lure candidates away from Chicago-area schools.

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The Unit 5 school board accepted a settlement Wednesday to resolve a long-running property tax dispute with Young America.

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Unit 5’s two high school marching bands will merge into one competitive group next year.

Illinois State University

When Al Bowman was president of Illinois State University, he liked the freedom and flexibility that he had to run his campus. Now that tables have turned.

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The University of Illinois plans to offer new degrees that combine computer science with music or crop sciences.

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Unit 5 schools plan to pursue a property tax levy that will mean almost no change for the owner of an average home in the district.

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The number of illegal immigrants taken from the McLean County jail and sent to immigration detention centers has more than doubled in the past year, from 15 to 39.

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Unit 5 may still pursue some parts of a proposed farm-to-school program, but a school board resolution driving the idea has stalled, officials said Tuesday.

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Want to know how your kid's school is performing compared to others? The Illinois State Board of Education on Tuesday released graduation rates, test scores and other metrics through its online school report cards.

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The Unit 5 school board is looking into bringing local food to its school cafeterias.

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Teachers from Unit 5’s high schools are asking the school board to declare the district a welcoming environment for immigrant students and teachers.

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