Illinois to see MAP grant changes

Gov. Pat Quinn is recommending a budget increase of $50 million to MAP funding, which will extend awards to more than 20,000 students in Illinois. Abdon Pallasch, assistant Illinois budget director, said at SIU Carbondale, approximately 4,500 students ... Continue Reading →

Simon poll shows community concerns

Nearly 600 people responded to the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute in one of the largest community surveys it has conducted in recent years. The Jackson/Williamson County Survey was released Wednesday. The Survey Research Office of the Center for State ... Continue Reading →

Paul Simon Debate turns friends into foes

Two national champions normally on the same side of an argument found themselves head-to-head in the inaugural Paul Simon Debate. Ben Campbell, a senior from Springfield, Mo. studying political science, and Josh Rivera, a junior from Chicago studying ... Continue Reading →

Voters say state politics are corrupt

Between Blagojevich, Ryan, Walker or the bevy of other Illinois politicians involved in scandals, Illinois voters think corruption is commonplace according to a new Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll. The Institute asked 1,001 registered voters across ... Continue Reading →

Paul Simon poll shows most republican voters undecided

There is still no clear favorite for the Republican primary for Illinois governor in southern Illinois, according to a new poll. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute released a poll Monday showing a majority of likely Republican primary voters at 34.6 ... Continue Reading →

Pizza and Politics to host 115th district candidates

The 115th Illinois Congressional District will have a new representative for the first time in almost 20 years. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is offering voters the chance to meet the four candidates in a series of Pizza and Politics luncheons. Republican ... Continue Reading →

President’s budget poses education cuts, benefits

  proposed 2014 budget could generate a larger impact on students than they might suspect. On Wednesday, Obama presented his proposed 2014 fiscal-year budget, which asks for $950 billion in cuts over the next 10 years from areas such as Social Security ... Continue Reading →

Dow benefits for university hazy

Recent economic signs may point to a brighter future for the nation and Illinois. The Dow Jones Industrial, a stock market index, ended its 10-day gain streak Friday for the first time since November 1996, which was followed by a 19 percent market increase ... Continue Reading →

Is journalistic integrity possible?

The Dec. 4 front page photograph of the New York Post depicted a controversial photograph of a man, Ki-Suck Han, who was about to be hit by a subway train in New York after he was pushed onto the tracks after a verbal argument. Han died from the incident, ... Continue Reading →

Gay marriage moves forward

The legalization of gay marriage in three states this election may lead other states to consider it, too. Four states had amendments on the ballot related to gay marriage. In three states — Maine, Maryland and Washington — voters approved the legalization ... Continue Reading →

Youth vote increases in election

While overall voting numbers decreased nationwide from last election, youth voter participation went up. Voters between the ages of 18 and 29 represented 19 percent of all ballot casters, which is up 1 percent from the 2008 election, according to data ... Continue Reading →

Illinois popular vote not always Democratic

Over recent years, much of Illinois’ population has included staunch Democratic Party supporters. But it hasn’t always been like that. The party won the Illinois popular vote in the last five elections with nearly two-thirds of the popular vote being ... Continue Reading →

Young adults hesitant to vote in next election

 Many disappointed in Obama’s performance, say change has not taken place Although the population of eligible voters has grown over the past decade, young voters still show little interest in the upcoming election. A recent poll from Harvard University’s ... Continue Reading →

Fraternity registers students to vote

The 2012 election’s outcome could have a major influence on students, and members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity said they hope the group’s efforts helped students realize this. Nicholaus Bates, a senior from Chicago studying administration of justice ... Continue Reading →

Green Party candidate shares views on energy

The Green Party candidate for the Illinois 12th Congressional District said she wants to end fossil fuel use . Paula Bradshaw, the Green Party candidate from Carbondale, said she is heading her campaign by addressing the issues of renewable energy, improved ... Continue Reading →
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