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Three men have been arrested and charged with the theft of four letters from Western Illinois University’s grand entryway sign at the northeast corner of campus. The “I,L, and L” from Illinois and the “T” from University were removed from the sign.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Western Illinois University is dealing with a high profile case of vandalism.  Five letters were stolen from Western’s grand entryway sign at the intersection of U.S. 67 and University Dr.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

As state financial support continues to decline for Illinois' public colleges and universities, Western Illinois University wants to bulk up another revenue stream.  But Illinois' budget uncertainty is making it difficult. 

Rich Egger

John Miller, President of the University Professionals of Illinois, Local 4100, said the six month spending plan passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor was poorly done and is not even a true budget. And he said it amounts to another cut for higher education.

TSPR

Western Illinois University sent lay off notices to more than 100 employees in April as part of a cost cutting measure to cope with a drastic decrease in state aid.  More than half of them will be asked to come back to work for the fall semester.          

TSPR

Some employees at Western Illinois University are raising money that could help their co-workers who were laid off or furloughed afford higher education.

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University will receive $31.4 million from the state's stop-gap funding measure, plus about $5.1 million to reimburse the university for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) funding it loaned to students for the spring semester.  But that still falls far short of what the university might normally expect from the state.

TSPR

Some Western Illinois University employees were required to take unpaid days off in Fiscal Year 2016, and they will have to take more in the new fiscal year as the school tries to cope with a drastic decrease in state aid.

Downtown Macomb Transformed into a Public Art Gallery

Jun 20, 2016
Breanna Descourouez

Macomb has been known for its historic downtown square for years. Some new changes have been added to the scenery. 10 sculptures have been installed around downtown Macomb to give the town an updated look. Some of the sculptures even have a bit of a futuristic look to them.

Downtown Macomb Transformed into a Public Art Gallery

Jun 20, 2016
Breanna Descourouez

Macomb has been known for its historic downtown square for years. Some new changes have been added to the scenery. 10 sculptures have been installed around downtown Macomb to give the town an updated look. Some of the sculptures even have a bit of a futuristic look to them.

Downtown Macomb Transformed into a Public Art Gallery

Jun 20, 2016
Breanna Descourouez

Macomb has been known for its historic downtown square for years. Some new changes have been added to the scenery. 10 sculptures have been installed around downtown Macomb to give the town an updated look. Some of the sculptures even have a bit of a futuristic look to them.

Downtown Macomb Transformed into a Public Art Gallery

Jun 20, 2016
Breanna Descourouez

Macomb has been known for its historic downtown square for years. Some new changes have been added to the scenery. 10 sculptures have been installed around downtown Macomb to give the town an updated look. Some of the sculptures even have a bit of a futuristic look to them.

Rich Egger

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees endorsed the efforts of school President Jack Thomas by unanimously agreeing to extend his contract. Dr. Thomas will remain president at least through the 2016-17 fiscal year, which begins July 1.  

TSPR

Just a few weeks remain in the fiscal year and Western Illinois University is preparing to wrap up the books without much financial support from the state.

The university received only about 30% of its regular state appropriations. When that round of funding was announced in April, there was hope more money would soon follow.  But, Illinois lawmakers wrapped up the spring legislative session without passing a state spending plan for this year or next.

TSPR

Western Illinois University’s administration wants to eliminate four academic majors due to declining student enrollment. Those majors are African American Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Women’s Studies.

Rich Egger

Even though the school year is over at Western Illinois University, the Macomb community is still rallying for higher education funding.  About 50 people -- including Western faculty, staff and a few students -- gathered alongside members of the community for a demonstration that started in Chandler Park.

Rich Egger

Jerry Tyson has been cutting hair since 1955. And his single-chair barbershop – aptly named The Barbershop – has been providing  haircuts and shaves near downtown Macomb since the early 1980s.

Emily Boyer

Members of the University Professionals of Illinois chapter at Western Illinois University voted overwhelmingly to defer 3% of their compensation for the next two years. They also agreed to pass up a negotiated 1% salary increase.

Rich Egger

147 employees are losing their jobs as WIU grapples with a drastic decrease in state support for the current fiscal year and uncertain funding for the coming year.

The Value of a Diverse Curriculum

Apr 27, 2016
Rich Egger

This has been a difficult year, probably the most challenging I've had in my 23 year career at Western Illinois University.  In light of a politically manufactured budget crisis and the heightened scrutiny of programs that aren't perceived as giving the state a positive return on its investment, I've thought a lot lately about the value of higher education, and of public higher education in particular. 

Brian Mackey

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 2059 Monday morning. The bill provides a short-term appropriation to the state’s colleges and universities.

Rich Egger

Illinois lawmakers have passed bipartisan legislation to allocate $600-million to higher education. Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to sign the measure.

Under the deal, Western Illinois University would receive about $15-million worth of state appropriations and another $5-million in reimbursements for covering MAP grant funding for low-income students this school year.

Sarah Mueller

Illinois lawmakers have approved a $600 million short-term funding infusion for higher education institutions that have been struggling financially due to not receiving state money during the state budget impasse.  

Illinois university presidents were stunned last night as the funding measure they thought would provide the first state funds in almost a year suddenly disappeared.

Facebook for the Visually Impaired

Apr 21, 2016

The world’s largest social media site is becoming more accessible to the visually impaired.

Illinois colleges and universities have gone without state money since last summer.

Students Lead Rally at WIU

Apr 19, 2016
Rich Egger

About three dozen Western Illinois University students and staff members marched across campus Tuesday to advocate for state funding of higher education.  The demonstration was put on by students and was done in support of faculty and staff who face furloughs and layoffs.

Rich Egger

The University Professionals of Illinois, which represents many faculty and some other workers at Western Illinois University, announced a deferred compensation agreement with the administration that will help the university save money the next two fiscal years.

Rich Egger

In a letter to the campus community, WIU President Jack Thomas said around 110 university workers will receive layoff notices within the next week.

Abby Wendle

Photojournalists illustrate the news. But a researcher who studies news photos said they also do much more than that.

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