Western Illinois University

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Facility crews are dispatched to the Western Illinois University Union every time it rains.  "Any time that happens we just have extra labor. We go up there and we suck up the water and make sure it doesn't damage anything," said Scott Coker, Director of Facility Management.

WIU News3

Vandals used red spray paint to write racial slurs and a swastika on the side of a home in the 300 block of West Murray Street in Macomb and on the residents’ cars. Update: An arrest has been made.

A Welcoming & Inclusive Environment

Apr 22, 2015

On Thursday nights at 6:30, in the University Union’s Sandburg Lounge you’ll find full tables, laughter, students hugging, and Unity Executive Board members welcoming General Assembly members to our weekly meetings.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Western Illinois University plans to close a dormitory because of mounting deferred maintenance costs. The East Village was built in the mid 1960s to house families and graduate students.

The 36-unit complex is in need of about $1.7-million worth of repairs to fix leaking pipes and windows as well as upgrade bathrooms.


All public colleges in Illinois are required to be smoke free by July 1 so Western Illinois University assembled a 20 person task force to update its smoking policy.  Smoking is currently prohibited inside buildings and within 50 feet of entrances at WIU.

WIU Promoting STEM Programs For Female Students

Apr 15, 2015
Frannie Smith TSPR

Some faculty members at Western Illinois University feel there's been a decline in female students studying STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  So they're working to create an initiative with the College of Arts and Science to provide scholarships, mentoring opportunities, and travel grants to such students.

T.J. Carson

Students who graduate from Carl Sandburg College's honors program will now have an easier path to a four-year school. Honor students will be able to transfer directly from the two-year community college into Western Illinois University's Centennial Honors College.

Making Public Universities Private in Illinois

Mar 23, 2015
Rich Egger

Illinois State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) filed an amendment to a bill (SB 1565) that would ask Western Illinois and other public universities to plan to be privatized over the next six years.

In Praise of a Liberal Arts Education

Mar 19, 2015
Rich Egger

This is an open letter to State lawmakers Norine Hammond and John Sullivan:     

As an alumna and faculty member of Western Illinois University's College of Arts and Sciences, I ask you to consider my testament to the value of Western's liberal arts-based education. 

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) said he takes his responsibilities seriously, which is why he brought in a team to review his finances and make recommendations.

Schock has been in the spotlight lately because of reports questioning how his office spent taxpayer money.

College Presidents Fight Possible Funding Cuts

Mar 13, 2015
Mark and Allegra Jaroski-Biava
Flickr Creative Commons

Presidents of three public universities appeared before lawmakers to make their case on why their schools shouldn’t have to endure a 31% state funding cut, as Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed.

Rich Egger

There are 145 fewer students studying at Western Illinois University this spring than there were last year. Enrollment fell from 10,821 in the spring of 2014 to 10,676 this spring. That’s a 1.3% drop.

Andy Borst, Director of Admissions, said students leave for a variety of reasons, but he does not believe it is because of dissatisfaction with Western. 

TSPR's Rich Egger

The university said more than two-dozen academic programs will be eliminated. There are a few pre-professional majors and graduate certificates on the list but the majority are minors. Another 17 programs were given a year's notice to show improved enrollment numbers and increased value or face elimination.

TSPR's Rich Egger

Western Illinois University is preparing to argue against Governor Bruce Rauner's  proposed cuts to the school’s budget. Rauner wants to slash state aid to Western by 31%, or $16.5 million from the school's $52.6 million state appropriation.  That would take Western back to funding levels not seen since 1985. 

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Western Illinois University's Center for Performing Arts project is moving forward despite Governor Bruce Rauner's freeze on all non-essential state spending.