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TSPR Emily Boyer

Faculty and staff at Western Illinois University have voted to authorize a strike. 

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University President Dr. Jack Thomas is one of five finalists in the search to replace the outgoing president at Boise State University. 

TSPR Emily Boyer

Students are able to pick up a week's worth of food when they visit the food pantry on Western Illinois University's Macomb Campus.  The food pantry is open every Thursday from 12:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. this spring semester and will continue operating one day a week this summer with plans of expanding to two days a week this fall.   

Pahntom Regiment

The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps will hold its summer camp at Western Illinois University this year.  The group of 150 high school and college aged musicians plus 50 staff members will be on campus for three weeks as they rehearse for their summer tour around the country.

Courtesy WIU

Members of the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) Local 4100 will hold a strike authorization vote on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses as contract talks with the administration drag on. The union represents faculty, advisors, admissions counselors, and other counselors, according to Chapter President Bill Thompson.

Rich Egger

The Board of Trustees at Western Illinois University said it will stand by the administration despite last month's "no confidence" vote by faculty.  65% of faculty members who returned their ballot stated they do not have confidence in the administration.  

Miranda Corbett

The food you throw out every day might be contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates about one-third of all food produced in the United States is wasted. Throwing out leftovers and food scraps contribute to that number.

TSPR

Western Illinois University faculty members took a vote of "no confidence" in the administrative leadership for the first time. It passed with 65% of those who voted stating they do not have confidence and 33% voting they do.

Tim Schroll/WIU

The Western Illinois University’s Board of Trustees will discuss a no confidence vote taken by the faculty at its next meeting.

TSPR Emily Boyer

The Faculty Senate conducted the vote by mail over a two week period and tallied the results Friday.

Rich Egger

Trenton Sealock said he moved around a lot and had a lot of stepdads while growing up. He dropped out of high school when he was a sophomore and has gotten into trouble with the law ever since.  "I've come to jail for stupid crimes," he said.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University faculty members will cast ballots this month on whether they have confidence in the administration. Western's president and the chair of the Board of Trustees told Tri States Public Radio that they are taking the vote seriously.

Rich Egger

A petition with signatures from about 24% of the Western Illinois University faculty has been submitted to the WIU Faculty Senate. It asks for a no confidence vote in the university's administration.

from the book

A Civil War soldier from Lewistown, Illinois and his wife regularly communicated during the war by writing each other letters.  Their correspondence is the subject of a new book that offers a different perspective of the War Between the States.

TSPR Emily Boyer

More than 150 Western Illinois University faculty, staff, and union supporters picketed in downtown Macomb Thursday. They want a fair contract for  Western's chapter of the University Professionals of Illinois.

Rich Egger

Student enrollment dropped 9.1% this spring at Western Illinois University compared to spring of last year.

TSPR Emily Boyer

During mediation, members of the union representing faculty and staff gather in one room and the administration is in another. The federal mediator goes back and forth between them. Much of what's discussed during mediation is confidential.

Rich Egger

Many so-called Dreamers – people who were brought to the United States illegally as children -- have spent most of their lives in the U.S.  They've grown up, attended school, and held jobs here.  Some have even started families of their own.

Benefit Dinner for WIU Police Officer Fighting Cancer

Jan 2, 2018

A benefit is in the works for an officer with the Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety. Krystal Scott is the midst of a major battle against stage four colon cancer.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas gave a State of the University address at the start of the new school year.  At the time, he said the state of the university was "okay." Now, with the fall semester in the books, Dr. Thomas said the school's situation is improving.

Rich Egger

Teachers and some staff at Western Illinois University will begin the new year without a new contract.  They're in mediation with the administration and are working under terms of the previous contract, which expired over the summer.

Courtesy of WIU Visual Production Center

Ada Bair, CEO of Memorial Hospital in Carthage, said the Rural Health Coach Program started with an internship partnership between her hospital and Western Illinois University.  She said the goal of the program is to train students and community members who can help improve the coordination between medical care providers and patients.

Heather McIlvaine-Newsad

A couple of weeks ago, Gloria Delany-Barmann and I returned from a short trip to Puerto Rico.  We went to check up on our colleagues we've been working with the last couple of years and to take a few supplies and funds so generously donated by members of our community to those in need.  And yes, just in case you were wondering, it is possible to take a chainsaw as part of your checked baggage. 

Preserve Minima to Discourage Salary Inequities

Oct 26, 2017
Rich Egger

A recent report on Tri States Public Radio cited the current impasse in salary negotiations between the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) and the Western Illinois University (WIU) administration.  According to the report, there are several issues that have stood in the way of an agreement.  Among other issues, the administration asks to reduce compensation, increase furlough days, and eliminate the current contract use of "minima."

TSPR Emily Boyer

Illinois' public colleges and universities have weathered the two year budget impasse and are once again expecting routine state aid payments. As the schools look ahead, they're working to secure their financial footing and publicly rebound from the ordeal.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University's strategic plan, Higher Values in Higher Education, states, "Western Illinois University's highest priority is to increase faculty and staff salaries to meet and exceed the mean of peer institutions."  Faculty members reminded the school's Board of Trustees of that goal during the Board's most recent meeting.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

UPDATE: The Macomb Police Department has made two arrests following a report of gun shots fired over the weekend near the campus of Western Illinois University.

Jonathan Ahl

Rock Hanson's name adorns the football field at Western Illinois University.  Now a statue of the Marine and coach looks out over the stadium.

TSPR

The Western Illinois University administration and the union representing teachers and staff are headed to mediation after almost a year of contract negotiations.  The university's contract with the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) expired over the summer so both sides continue to operate under the old agreement.

WIU

The WIU administration blames the uncertainty caused by the two year state budget impasse for this year's drop in enrollment.

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