9:25 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Area colleges working to comply with sprinkler mandate

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation requiring all college dorms and residence halls in Illinois to install sprinklers by 2013.  The measure toughens past legislation by instituting stricter penalties for colleges that don't comply. Certain extensions may be available through 2014.

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College textbook costs
3:35 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

College students have options to save on books

Study points to rental and e-book offerings and more

A new study says the increasing availability of e-book and rental programs is allowing college students to spend less on textbooks.

The study by OnCampus Research, a division of the National Association of College Stores, says students report spending an estimated $655 annually on required course materials, down from $667 two years ago and $702 four years ago.

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5:37 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Illinois still trying to remove itself from No Child Left Behind

The state's waiver application has been delayed. In the meantime, Illinois will soon apply for an exemption from the most controversial aspect of the law. 

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6:52 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Tax question awaits Boone County voters

District 100

Boone County voters will decide this fall on a proposed 1% sales tax increase. The Belvidere school board has approved placing the referendum on the ballot.

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12:27 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Quinn signs an end to legislative scholarships

Gov. Pat Quinn
State of Illinois

Illinois lawmakers are losing a century-old political perquisite -- the ability to award college scholarships. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation this morning to end the practice after one last round of awards this summer.

"Instead of scholarships going to those who truly deserve them and who were qualified for scholarships to go to college,” the governor said, “too often the program was abused in a political way."

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7:12 am
Tue July 3, 2012

State reduces funding for NIU

NIU's director of state and federal relations, Lori Clark

Illinois' new budget includes a 6% reduction in higher education spending. For Northern Illinois University, that means a cut of more than $6 million.

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7:45 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Talks begin soon on cutting Illinois' regional offices of education

Illinois' association of regional school superintendents will meet next month. Part of the discussion will include how to move forward on eliminating nine regional offices of education.

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2:08 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Rockford Schools vote to cut $9.3 million in property taxes

The Rockford School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night — without discussion or debate — to lower the property tax rate by 58 cents for next year’s tax bills.

The owner of a $100,000 house could see a 10 percent reduction in his or her property tax bill, at a cost of roughly $9.3 million to the Rockford School District in fiscal 2013.

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6:33 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Whiteside County could be affected by regional superintendent cut

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a measure that will reduce Illinois' regional offices of education. To avoid elimination, offices must serve at least 61,000 residents. Whiteside County's population is under 59,000.

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2:02 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

East St. Louis school board sues Illinois State Board

Five members of the embattled East St. Louis School Board filed motions this morning in St. Clair County Circuit Court asking a judge to reverse the state of Illinois' decision to have them removed.

The members argued in court documents that the unanimous Illinois State Board of Education vote Thursday was unconstitutional and infringed on the "fundamental right to vote."

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