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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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Your grass may not be alone. Underneath, there may be thatch lurking. But that may not be a bad thing.

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Illinois Wesleyan University’s president said Thursday that a plan to tax college endowments as part of a larger tax overhaul would unfairly harm private schools and make them less affordable.

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If you’ve seen a flock of wild turkeys wandering through your front yard recently, no, you’re not going crazy.

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Here are the top stories we covered this week (Oct. 23-27, 2017) on WGLT and WGLT.org.

Charlie Harris' Legacy

Harris was the former Illinois State University Department of English chair and is being remembered as a terrific scholar. He passed away with a book at his side. Harris was 78. 

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Local Opioid Deaths Rise

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In the midst of autumn, it's a great time to prepare for spring and ensure that your landscape is a stunning site with an array of colorful bulbs.

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A longtime fixture of Illinois State University has passed away.

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Former Illinois State University President Al Bowman has been appointed executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).

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An Illinois State University doctoral student has been named the 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

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Following her sister's Dungeons and Dragons map leads a young woman on an epic voyage of discovery in the play "She Kills Monsters."

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Here are the top stories we covered this week (Oct. 23-27, 2017) on WGLT and WGLT.org.

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As your trees leave you the gift of autumn leaves, you're faced with that age old question: Should I rake or not?

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What's your fearful pleasure? Brain-eating zombies? Vampires? Giant mutant bugs? Or how about that old standby: body cavity invading spiders?

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Competitive is the best way to describe Dalton and Jaelyn Keene, the brother and sister act that is playing out its final season at Illinois State.

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The popular Netflix show “Stranger Things” returns for Season 2 on Friday, and there’s an Illinois State University student who’s got some serious spoilers. But she’s not telling.

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In 1857, when Illinois State Normal University was founded, it was none other than Abraham Lincoln who drew up the legal documents to help establish the school.

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Mary Jo Kane said the explosive growth of women playing sports in America is absolutely attributable to the passage of Title IX in 1972. She used a former U-Conn basketball star as an example.

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The Illinois State University athletic community is mourning the loss of longtime volunteer assistant softball coach Bill Dickson. He was 85 when he died Thursday of natural causes.

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Alumni flocked back to the Illinois State University campus for Homecoming festivities on Saturday.

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As the days get cooler and shorter, nature puts on a gorgeous display of color as the leaves change—red, yellow, orange and, yes, even brown.

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Illinois State's Board of Trustees on Friday approved the university’s official operating budget of about $426 million for fiscal year already underway.

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Illinois State’s Board of Trustees will decide Friday how much money to ask for from Springfield in next year’s budget, even as the university becomes less and less reliant on state funding.

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Illinois State University celebrates Homecoming week Oct. 16-22, with a variety of events to engage the whole community.

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There's an exciting new trend in gardening that's as beautiful as it is delicious.

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It’s no secret that more and more children are being diagnosed with autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about 1 in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder. That jumps to 1 in 42 for boys—almost five times more common than in girls.

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The Redbird volleyball team picked a good night for an epic comeback.

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John Stark has deep roots at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

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When you’re running for elected office, you need to get people to sign your nominating petitions to get on the ballot. It can be a slog, with every waking moment pestering shoppers leaving grocery stores or asking your neighbors for their John Hancock.

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An advocate for end-of-life options will visit Illinois State University this week to share his wife's story in an effort to help others who face death.

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Illinois State University Education Professor Deborah MacPhee has designed a collaborative model of teacher education she says bridges the gap between theory and practice.

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