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 →

Poshard: There’s not enough support

President presents legislators with repercussions of a 20 percent cut If university officials want to avoid a major appropriations cut, they will need legislators to extend Gov. Pat Quinn’s temporary tax increases. But President Glenn Poshard said Tuesday, ... Continue Reading →

Dunn confirms little contact with both SIU chancellors

Incoming SIU President Randy Dunn has had little contact with the administration he will oversee, and will not make any critical changes to the university’s plans until settled. Dunn said his discussion with the chancellors has been brief and “fairly ... Continue Reading →

Wage increase could hit SIU’s wallet

The federal minimum wage could be raised to $10.10 an hour, but university officials are not sure where the money to support it at SIU will come from.  During his State of the Union address and in the months following, President Barack Obama has argued ... Continue Reading →

State tax rate key to SIU funding

University given two scenarios, one flat funding and one involving a $25 million loss Gov. Pat Quinn’s fiscal year 2015 budget calls for appropriations for state universities to stay the same.  But President Glenn Poshard said numbers depend on the ... Continue Reading →

Tight races for governor, state rep lie ahead

With the primary elections over, the general election landscape is beginning to take shape. Key races at the state and local level include the race for governor between incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, and the ... Continue Reading →

Rauner wins right to challenge Quinn

Chicago billionaire Bruce Rauner won a hard fought Republican primary Tuesday and will face Gov. Pat Quinn in the November elections. Rauner beat out State Senators Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford. Rauner has never served ... 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 →

Menard may be overcrowded

Violence is down at Menard Correctional Center, but the maximum-security prison is overcrowded, according to the 2013 John Howard Association inspection report. The JHA first started inspecting and reporting on detention centers in 1901. Menard is a maximum-security ... Continue Reading →
Community members and SIU students protest to support a
prisoner hunger strike Thursday at the Menard Correctional Center
in Chester, a maximum-security correctional state prison for adult
males. The demonstrators carried signs, drums and flags in hope
inmates would hear or see them. This was the second of two
protests; the first took place Jan. 27.

Students protest in support of prisoner hunger strike

Nearly 20 people, including university students, used drums, signs and a microphone to support a hunger strike Thursday afternoon at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester. The protest was the second at Menard, a maximum-security state prison for adult ... Continue Reading →

Childhood funding could increase under Quinn program

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to increase spending on early childhood development programs. Stacy Thompson, a professor and co-coordinator of the early childhood program, hopes the promise Quinn made in his State of the State address will allow SIU to expand its ... Continue Reading →

Quinn looks to increase MAP grants

In the annual State of the State address last week, Gov. Pat Quinn announced his plan to double the number of Monetary Award Program grants available to Illinois students. Quinn said the need-based MAP grants help 140,000 students go to college in Illinois. ... Continue Reading →

University reacts to pension reform

The recent pension overhaul passed by the Illinois General Assembly is receiving criticism from university employees and administration. The bill was passed Tuesday and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday. It includes changes to Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation ... Continue Reading →

A year of trustee controversy

One trustee’s request that the university’s president put his big boy pants on and get to work was just one of the many public battles that have plagued SIU Board of Trustees during the last year. The board was dealt a crisis Feb. 25 when Gov. Pat ... Continue Reading →

Appointment rejections lead to trustee divide

The Feb. 28 University Board of Trustees meeting did not adhere closely to schedule. Chair Pro Tempore Roger Herrin adjourned the meeting less than five minutes in because too few trustees were present for the board to vote on agenda items. During the ... Continue Reading →
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