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.
Sustainability and affordability can go “hand in hand.” That’s the opinion of an expert with Habitat for Humanity of Iowa.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants to give Western Illinois University even less money next year than it received this year.
The governor’s budget address called for a funding decrease of 2.5 million dollars for Western. In response WIU President Jack Thomas sent a letter to staff telling them to prepare for the cuts.
March Madness is just around the corner. It’s a time when college basketball heats up, though that has not meant much at Western Illinois University for most of the past 20 years.
But things have changed this year. The team has enjoyed a lot of success, and will play a special invitational game known as a “Bracketbuster” tomorrow night against Cleveland State.
Western Illinois University hopes to soon improve the look of a main entryway to the Macomb campus.
Currently, plenty of parking lots can be seen by those who turn onto West University Drive from Route 67. The goal is to create something more pleasing aesthetically.
Scott Coker, Director of Facilities Management, would like to add some landscaping where the Godfather’s Pizza restaurant once stood, plus install what he called a sign wall at the intersection.
“Something so people know they’re now at campus and it welcomes them onto University Drive,” Coker said.