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Moody’s warns of credit declines for six schools, including SIU

Moody’s warns of credit declines for six schools, including SIU

By Dawn Rhodes | Chicago Tribune

April 18, 2017


Filed under State

After nearly two years of state budget gridlock, Illinois' public universities could soon face a tougher time borrowing money after a major credit agency downgraded the rating for one school and warned that six others could face the same fate. In reports issued Tuesday, Moody's Investors Service announced...

Video of United passenger dragged off plane is a major blow to airline

Video of United passenger dragged off plane is a major blow to airline

By Chicago Tribune

April 11, 2017


Filed under State

A 30-second video of a United Airlines passenger being dragged from his seat and bloodied on an overbooked flight Sunday at O'Hare International Airport racked up more than 6 million views Monday and sparked plenty of outrage. The video threatened to unravel more than a year of work by United CEO...

Democratic stopgap budget inches ahead, but a full plan remains elusive

Democratic stopgap budget inches ahead, but a full plan remains elusive

By Monique Garcia and Haley Bemiller | Chicago Tribune

April 7, 2017


Filed under State

House Democrats on Thursday approved another one-time spending plan to provide about $815 million to universities and social service groups left gasping for air during the state's historic budget impasse, but leaders in both parties could hold it up as they push for a more complete spending plan. Republicans...

House Dems proposing $800M stopgap budget; Rauner opposed

House Dems proposing $800M stopgap budget; Rauner opposed

By Doug Finke | The State Journal-Register

April 6, 2017


Filed under State

The Democrat-controlled Illinois House is preparing another stopgap spending plan that would allocate more than $800 million to higher education and human services. A House committee Wednesday afternoon approved the plan that taps into two special state funds intended to help education and human services....

Illinois regional universities toil through state budget standoff

Illinois regional universities toil through state budget standoff

By Dawn Rhodes | Chicago Tribune

March 17, 2017


Filed under State

Illinois' public university presidents went to Springfield this month to deliver a message: We are at the end of our rope. It was political theater, orchestrated by the majority-Democratic Senate higher-education committee and aimed at embarrassing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner as the state slogs through...

Chance the Rapper names 9 schools getting $10,000 each

Chance the Rapper names 9 schools getting $10,000 each

By Juan Perez Jr. | Chicago Tribune

March 10, 2017


Filed under State

Nine schools on the city's South and West sides will each receive $10,000 through a philanthropic effort led by Chance the Rapper, the performer announced on his Twitter feed Thursday. The rapper earlier this week turned over a novelty check for $1 million to Chicago Public Schools and challenged...

Rauner: Democrats leading a ‘coordinated activity’ to ‘create a crisis’ in Illinois

Rauner: Democrats leading a ‘coordinated activity’ to ‘create a crisis’ in Illinois

By Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune

March 8, 2017


Filed under State

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday accused some of the state's top Democrats of orchestrating a "coordinated activity" to shut down state government, an idea called "delusional babble" by an aide to his top political nemesis. Rauner's comments came one day after his administration lost a court...

New travel ban brings little relief, Chicago activists say

New travel ban brings little relief, Chicago activists say

By Manya Brachear Ashman | Chicago Tribune

March 7, 2017


Filed under State

While President Donald Trump's revised executive order banning travel from six majority-Muslim countries and barring refugees from entering the U.S. is a small improvement over his earlier order, it remains an unacceptable ban on Muslims, Chicago immigration activists said Monday. About a month after...

Rauner, Mendoza continue feud over how to pay workers

Rauner, Mendoza continue feud over how to pay workers

By Doug Finke | The State Journal-Register

March 7, 2017


Filed under State

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner took his feud with Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza to court Monday, asking the legal system to step in and decide how nearly 600 state workers should be paid. The administration filed suit in St. Clair County asking that Mendoza be forced to pay the workers from...

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