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Classes will start 25 minutes later next year at one northern Illinois school. That’s so students have more time to sleep.

The Stevenson High School board approved the change, and it will take effect in August 2016. The Lincolnshire school's day will begin at 8:30 a.m. instead of 8:05 a.m.

Classes and passing periods will be shortened, because the school day will still end at 3:25 p.m.

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Illinois' nine public universities have gone four months without money from the state.  University presidents have said it's putting their institutions "at the brink of serious operational damage."

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen spoke to a reporter as he was leaving the governor's office.

"We had a very candid conversation about, about strategies going forward."

Killeen says that did not include any guarantee the schools will get their money anytime soon.

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Officials of a northern Illinois school district say controversial bleachers built in violation of local zoning laws will be coming down this month.

Homeowners who live near the Crystal Lake South High School football field sued Community High School District 155 after 55-foot-tall bleachers were built two years ago. They claimed the bleachers were erected without proper permits from the city, were too close to property lines and invaded their privacy.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled last month the bleachers must come down.

Breuder Sues College Of DuPage Trustees

Oct 22, 2015

College of DuPage President Robert Breuder, on paid administrative lead since April, is officially out of a job. Now, he's suing the board of trustees that ousted him.

The Board of Trustees voted 4 to 1 at a special meeting Tuesday night to terminate him, effective immediately. Breuder had been president since January 2009.

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Schools in Illinois’s neediest districts are being forced to spend federal funds to prop up the state’s Teacher Retirement System. 

Public schools that serve a significant number of low-income students receive federal Title 1 grants, earmarked for initiatives to close the achievement gap. If a school uses those funds to hire certified teachers -- reading or math specialists, for example -- the school has to pay into that teacher’s retirement account.   

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After more than six months on paid administrative leave, the fate of embattled College of DuPage (CoD) President Robert Breuder may finally be resolved Tuesday evening.

The college Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. with a “Resolution to Terminate the Employment of the College President” as the only specific item of business on the agenda.

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Some officials at public universities in Illinois are at least floating the idea of taking legal action against the governor and the Illinois legislature over the absence of a state budget.

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz says it's not likely that will happen, but admitted some educators are considering going to court.

"Some of the institutions are looking at this as a possibility, though we don't think it's a high probability," Dietz said.

NIU, Sauk Valley Partner To Make Degrees Convenient

Oct 14, 2015
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Sauk Valley Community College and Northern Illinois University have partnered to make earning a degree more convenient.

Sauk Valley president Dave Hellmich and NIU president Doug Baker came together on Tuesday to sign two new agreements.

The first is the "reverse transfer agreement", allowing Sauk Valley students to transfer to NIU and finish their associate’s degree within any department. Likewise, NIU students can transfer credits to Sauk Valley to finish their associate’s.

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Bilingual employees are in hot demand. At least that’s what a recent survey by Northern Illinois University found. One of the greatest areas of need is for teachers with skills in more than one language. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens spoke with NIU Professor James Cohen, who specializes in bilingual education.

                                                                                                                         

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A University of Wisconsin-Madison fundraising drive that began last fall with a $100 million pledge has generated about $250 million.

Alumni John and Tashia Morgridge pledged last November to match up to $100 million in donations to fund endowments for faculty. UW officials announced Tuesday that more than 1,000 donors have responded with $125 million and the Morgridges have agreed to match that figure.

The Morgridges' donation is the largest in school history.

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