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Entering the office with extremely low public approval ratings, soon-to-be President Donald Trump will likely start burning his political capital quickly. That's according to Kerri Milita, associate professor of Politics and Government at Illinois State University.

During Sound Ideas, Milita said Trump's best chances to get things done are during the first 100 days of his presidency.

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Bloomington-Normal has made a list of the top college towns in the nation.

The ranking from the American Institute for Economic Research looked at towns under a quarter million in population.

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Be afraid. Be very afraid of losing your data.

If Presidential campaigns can't keep their computers secure, what hopes do the rest of us have?


Illinois State University students, faculty, and staff will have a new place to remember Ben Allison this spring.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the naming of a bench at last week's meeting to honor Allison, who was the victim of a hit-and-run incident in January of 2015.

His parents, Tim and Melissa, were acknowledged by President Larry Dietz when he announced the naming of the bench that will be a part of Redbird Plaza.

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The Illinois State University Planetarium hosts the Wu-Morse Duo, Jan. 20 and 21 for performances of soundscape improvisations set against celestial projections.

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Illinois State University's Board of Trustees recognized three outgoing long-term members during their quarterly meeting Friday.

Trustees Jay D. Bergman, Anne Davis, and Betty Kinser will leave the Board when their terms expire on January 16.

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Illinois State University is soon to lose a lot of experience on its Board of Trustees. Oil Company owner J.D. Bergman, former teachers union head Anne Davis, and ISU lifer Betty Kinser are all leaving at the end of their term.

In this interview with GLT's Charlie Schlenker, ISU President Larry Dietz says there isn't enough time to tell all those three have achieved.

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Three members of the Illinois State University Board of Trustees are ending long service on that panel.

ISU President Larry Dietz said businessman J.D. Bergman and former educators Betty Kinser and Anne Davis are stepping down.

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An Illinois State University scholar helped to conduct a study that shows gender doesn't have as big an impact in job performance evaluations.

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The House of the Mouse has done it again. After the success of The Force Awakens last year, Disney has released a new stand-alone Star Wars movie that's hitting home as it takes audiences to a galaxy far, far away.

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Illinois State University won't become a "Sanctuary Campus," for undocumented students.

During Sound Ideas, President Larry Dietz said he doesn't see any public university in Illinois granting themselves that status.

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ISU Faculty and staff will see more in their paychecks next year.

University President Larry Dietz has announced raises up to two percent will begin in January.

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It's a good thing that the Frank Capra classic, It's A Wonderful Life, was a failure when it was first released in 1946.

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In an effort to train students how to best respond to emergency situations, Illinois State University's Safety program held an incident scenario on campus.

The scenario involved a fork-truck accident in a campus warehouse, and involved police, fire and rescue officials, in addition to ISU Theater students playing the roles of those involved in the mishap. Nora Fredstrom, an ISU senior from Normal double-majoring in Safety and Chemistry, was one of the students responding to the incident, without any prior knowledge to what she would be encountering. Her instructor is Paul Ronczowski, a 20 year veteran with ISU's Department of Health Sciences.  

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The 2017 season for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival marks the 40th anniversary for the summer theater event, and in order to celebrate the ISF is filling the season with magic.

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It's a mistake to think of central Illinois before significant European settlement as solely native American.

That's according to a historian and Illinois State University Professor who is out with a new book on the transformation of the region between 1762 and 1825.

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Count Basie and Stacey Kent head this week’s Radio Munson playlist, along with the pairings of Slim and Slam, Supersax and LA Voices, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, plus a bonus roof-raiser from Spike Jones and his City Slickers.

As Cuba moves on from the late dictator Fidel Castro, Illinois State University Professor of Languages, Literature, and Cultures Jim Pancrazio looks at events leading up to the Cuban Revolution to contextualize the how and why of Castro's rise to power.  

According to Pancrazio, Castro was an outgrowth of the 19th century nationalist leader Jose Marti', and the Castro-led revolution that toppled the government of President Fulgencio Batista on January 1, 1959, was a vindication of the struggle for independence began by Marti'.

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It started as an Active Shooter alert followed by a warning to those on the Ohio State University campus to run-hide-fight, if need be.

It was over relatively quickly but nine people received injures from a butcher knife or being hit by a car.

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The Bloomington-Normal Arts Collective is facing recent turmoil on the political scene with a three-day  exhibition called Art for a Change. 

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As Illinois State University's football Redbirds prepare for an unprecedented third consecutive appearance in the NCAA-Football Championship Subdivision post-season tournament, a central Illinois native has written a book on the history of the program.

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An education is part of the fabled ticket to a self sufficient life. But, very few foster children ever have a real shot at going to college.

Lauretta Schaefer is a dance education major at Illinois State University who spent her early childhood in the foster care system before being adopted.

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Three crimes, which could be labeled as hate crimes, have been reported near Illinois State University since the Presidential election.

ISU Police Chief Aaron Woodruff says his department is investigating a report of threats to beat up a transgendered person who was on the quad on Sunday.


Public colleges and universities in Illinois may soon be able to furlough employees for up to three weeks.

The ongoing budget impasse has taken a toll on higher education. Regular state funding has dried up, replaced by a mere trickle of stop-gap money.

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A legislative proposal that would allow community colleges in Illinois to grant four year bachelor's degrees in nursing does not have the the support of Illinois State University President Larry Dietz.

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On this Veterans Day, Americans  across the country are honoring those who served.  A visit to the Illinois State University Archives reveals  some of the various ways those associated with ISU served their country, including  how the first president of the university risked his life in battle, and how the university's first librarian helped document the activities of students turned soldiers.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz has sent a message to the campus about the presidential election results.

Dietz acknowledged in an email that Donald Trump's election has "shaken the sense of well-being" for many people leaving some fearful. However, University Chief of Staff Jay Groves says some are taking to social media, spreading rumors of criminal hate activity and racial slurs.

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The latest exhibition at the University Galleries in Normal allows contemporary women artists to explore the legacies of the writers who inspire them. It's Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy, currently on view. Very much in the vein of inspiration, the title of the show was written by one writer, underlined by another and used to inspire a work of art.


The president of Illinois State University says shared governance --the input of faculty, staff and students into the way ISU operates-- is strong.

The concept was called into question late last month when some 50 faculty members signed a letter opposing some ideas they say the Education Advisory Board touts that conflict with the tenets of a liberal arts education.