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A retired Illinois State University political scientist thinks the next Stevenson Lecturer and Adlai E. Stevenson himself would have agreed on many issues.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz is set to appear before two legislative committees in Springfield this month to testify about the budgeting process--or lack of one.

Thursday, he will speak about budget issues to the House Higher Education Appropriations Committee. Then next week, he'll do the same thing on the senate side.

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Don't put those trimmed brush and dried leaves at the curb.  You can repurpose them in your yard to make it a healthier place.

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Illinois State University is home to two unique and widely admired circus traditions -- Gamma Phi Circus, the 88-year strong circus arts program for students, and the Circus and Allied Arts Collection, part of the Special Collections at Milner Library. Both are keenly feeling the impending loss of The Greatest Show On Earth.

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Illinois State University has introduced its new women's basketball coach, Kristen Gillespie.

She comes from a family of coaches. Gillespie said during her opening news conference that seeing her father stand up at player weddings made her notice how he influenced lives and why he coached.

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The complex relationships between humans and their robot counterparts are at the heart of a film festival at the Normal Theater this week.

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After a string of under performing women's basketball seasons, Illinois State University is turning to a former player of legendary North Carolina Coach Kay Yow to turn the program around.

ISU will introduce Kristen Gillespie as its 8th women's head basketball coach Tuesday afternoon.

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The U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee votes today to submit the name of Neil Gorsuch to the full Senate for confirmation as the next U. S. Supreme Court justice.

What happens next is anyone's guess, and the options play out like the scene from a political science fiction movie. Meghan Leonard, Professor of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, and a judicial politics scholar,  said during Sound Ideas the stage for all of this was set last year when the Republican-controlled Senate failed to call President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland for a vote in an unprecedented move.

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If you want your yard to thrive, you need to add plants that are hardy for your particular zone.  But can you actually fudge the rules of the zones?

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Illinois State University is recommending no tuition increase next year. Room and board and fees would also stay static.

ISU has missed out on more than $80 million in state funding over the last two budget years and has no certainty of anything for the future or of recouping past year allocations. President Larry Dietz says even after all that, the University is strong and stable.

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Humor is a potent professor when it comes to diversity.  That's according to an advocate and speaker, who says the hit animated TV comedies South Park and Family Guy have a lot to teach us about our culture.

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Gardening is a popular hobby and loads of fun, but beware!  Danger lurks behind every shrub and tree!

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Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón says people should take advantage of a low-carbon economy in the fight against climate change.

While speaking at Illinois Wesleyan University Thursday night, Calderón said too many of us look at the horrible aspects of climate change.

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There's been a transformation at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal with a new installation that is slowing evolving through a series of artist collaborations.

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Normal Town Council candidates said they find the idea of combining the Bloomington and Normal public libraries an intriguing one.

At a GLT candidates forum held at ISU's University Galleries, candidate Chemberly Cummings embraced a question about merging library services rather than building a new library in Uptown South in Normal and an expansion in downtown Bloomington.

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Former president of Mexico Felipe Calderón will address climate change at the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series at Illinois Wesleyan University March 23.  His lecture is titled “Better Growth or Better Climate: Do We Need to Choose?”

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The Illinois State University Creative Writing Program and Department of English present @Salon 2017, which marks the centennial of the birth of poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Now's the time to start growing potatoes in your garden.  But don't limit yourself to the usual potato suspects.

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Illinois State University basketball coach Dan Muller fired off a tweet Monday that reverberated through college basketball.  The viral tweet came on the heels of the Redbirds being passed up for an "at-large" bid March 12 to play in the upcoming NCAA March Madness tournament.  Despite it's 27-6 season record, ISU was told it didn't have enough "quality wins" against strong opponents to be selected.

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Illinois State University's new Vice President for Finance and Planning will be on the job early next month.

ISU President Larry Dietz has announced he picked Daniel Stephens, who most recently has been an associate vice chancellor in the University of North Texas three campus system.

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The serious fungal disease, boxwood blight, has been detected in Illinois, putting thousands of boxwoods plants in danger.

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With only 24 hours notice, presidents of universities from all over the state hustled to Springfield Tuesday to attend a Senate Higher Education committee hearing on the budget.

Illinois State's Larry Dietz said it was frustrating considering some observers viewed it as a political stunt by Democrats to force Governor Rauner into going along with greater revenue increases.

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Not every yard is all grass and plants.  Hardscaping is often an important part of the landscaping equation.

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From the Hatfields and the McCoys to the Montagues and the Capulets, there's no denying the appeal of a big, juicy feud, especially when it bears the glamorous luster of Hollywood.

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Steve Hagge has spent the past 35 years at Crystal Lake-based AptarGroup, Inc, rising to his current role as Chief Executive Officer of the $2.3 billion company. During Sound Ideas, Hagge said the biggest thing he's learned in that time span is to think and act on a global basis.

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We're currently in a time of tumult, anger, and fear over immigration in this country.

This figured prominently during the presidential campaign and continues with the deportation enforcement policy of the Trump administration.

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When planning your yard, it's best to keep in mind you pets and how they will use the space.  Doing so will keep you both happy -- and your pets healthy.

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The University Lab Schools Superintendent is leaving to take the same job in Morton Community School District 709.

Jeff Hill has spent 12 years at ISU's Lab Schools, first as U-High Principal and  the last five years as Superintendent.

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The president of Illinois State University said a proposal in Springfield requiring public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants who finish with a high grade point average could have unintended consequences.

The bill, which cleared a house committee last week, would require schools admit students who scored in the top 10 percent of their high school's graduating class. During Sound Ideas, Larry Dietz said there are too many variables at play when admitting students.

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Of all the Academy Award predictions one could make this year, there's one sure bet:  that some winners will go political in their thank you speeches.  After all, it's a Hollywood tradition.

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