Matt Bierman

The University Hosts Summer Programs
4:38 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Western Illinois University Recruits Youth

An airbrush class at Garwood Hall is part of an art camp at WIU.
Credit Frannie Smith / Tri States Public Radio News

Western Illinois University holds various programs throughout the summer for high school students and younger. It's an enrichment and recruiting tool.

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Planning for the Future
7:06 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

More Budget Cuts at WIU

Credit Tim Schroll/WIU

Western Illinois University plans to reduce its spending by $2 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1, even though it does not yet know how much money it will receive from the state.

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Proposals Go To ILRB
12:07 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Macomb Teachers, District Make Final Contract Offers

Picketing signs at Chandler Park
Credit Rich Egger

Both the Macomb School District and the Macomb Education Association said they have issued their “best and final” contract offers.

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Millions of Dollars
8:15 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

WIU Enrollment Decline Impacts Bottom Line

Sherman Hall, the administration building at WIU
Credit Rich Egger

There are 498 fewer students attending Western Illinois University this fall than at this time last year.

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Western Not Alone
7:10 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Moody’s Downgrades WIU Rating

Credit Rich Egger

Western Illinois University’s credit rating has been downgraded by Moody’s  Investors Service, though the school has plenty of company.

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Tentative Spending Plan
3:08 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Money Pressures Continue for WIU

Sherman Hall at WIU
Credit Rich Egger

Even though the Illinois legislature agreed to maintain higher education funding at current levels, challenges remain for public universities.

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BoT Quarterly Meeting
6:39 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Cost Increases for WIU Students

Credit Rich Egger

The cost of attending Western Illinois University will go up 4.5%  this fall for incoming students.

During their meeting in Moline, the school’s Board of Trustees members approved raising tuition, fees, and room and board for the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.

Budget Director Matt Bierman said although the state legislature agreed to hold higher education funding level this year, the state nonetheless deserves part of the blame for the rising costs.

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Budget Challenges
7:39 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

WIU Workers Asked to Help Cut Costs

Credit Rich Egger

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas told a standing room only crowd in the University Union that WIU takes pride in having avoided layoffs and furloughs despite the state’s financial woes over the past decade.

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