Illinois

Sycamore Library Executive Director Search Is Over

Nov 21, 2016
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

The Sycamore Library now has a new permanent executive director. The Sycamore Library Board unanimously voted to make Jesse Butz the new library director earlier this month. That’s after Butz was appointed as interim director in August. Library board officials say they “could not have been happier” with Butz’s interim role. His appointment came after the dismissal of former executive director Sarah Tobias. Library board trustees called a special meeting about five months ago to discuss...

Jessie Schlacks / WNIJ

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission reports a drop in submitted financial aid applications compared to 2015, but also says it may be too soon to tell. That’s because the FAFSA filing period for next school year opened early on Oct. 1, rather than January. Those who apply will use their 2015 tax information and will not need to update it with their 2016 taxes. The FAFSA application covers federal loans and awards, like the MAP grant. Some Illinois schools had to credit student accounts...

Firearm Deer Season Begins In Illinois And Wisconsin

Nov 19, 2016
USDA

Hunters with guns can start shooting deer this weekend. Illinois has its first deer-hunting season from Friday to Sunday, while Wisconsin’s firearm season runs from this Saturday through next Sunday. A project manager with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the fall has been uncharacteristically warm, but hunters should expect to see the same level of success as in previous years. He notes that white-tailed deer will be on the move, as it is mating season. Meanwhile, the...

HUD Says Illinois Homelessness Declined in 2016

Nov 19, 2016

The US Department of Housing And Urban Development says homelessness declined in Illinois this year. Homelessness is about 20% lower in Illinois than in 2010, but more than 11,000 people are homeless on a single night in Illinois this year.t. That same data shows a similar decline in veteran homelessness, and a 36-percent drop in homeless families. HUD compiled the numbers from national estimates, as well as a “snapshot” of homelessness on a single night last January. They're pleased with the...

Community colleges in Illinois say they've cut frills, suspended travel, and even laid off teachers. Now, they need state lawmakers to come through with funding. That was the gist of a letter sent last week from the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents​ to the governor and legislative leaders. So far, they say they’ve gotten zero response. Tom Ramage, president of both the council and Parkland College, says there’s little left to cut. "We offer GED programs, we offer College for...

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