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Western Illinois University

Rich Egger

A study done at Western Illinois University suggests some of the rhetoric about the impact of academic bias might be exaggerated.


It’s probably safe to say Western Illinois University Board of Trustees member Phil Hare won’t be attending Saturday night’s homecoming concert featuring 2-Chainz.

WIU Reaches $60 Million Goal with Seven-Figure Gift

Sep 24, 2013

After more than six years of fundraising, Western Illinois University has hit its $60 million goal for the school's capital campaign.

That's thanks to a sizable gift by two Western alumni who are long time supporters of the university.

Illinois River Sweep Cleans the Lamoine Too

Sep 18, 2013

The Illinois River Sweep takes place this Saturday,  people from communities all along the river and its tributaries will work together to clean up the waterways. 

WIU Enrollment Decline Impacts Bottom Line

Sep 10, 2013
Rich Egger

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

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Crews are clearing the northwest corner of Route 67 and University Drive in Macomb in preparation for what’s being called a “grand entrance monument” for Western Illinois University.

Rich Egger

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

WIU Researcher Analyzes Tornadoes

Jul 31, 2013

Tornadoes are fact of life in the Midwest.  A researcher at Western Illinois University is using a National Science Foundation grant to look inside storms to figure out which ones will spawn twisters.

Western UPI Chapter Sends Letter Opposing Cost Shift

Jul 19, 2013
Rich Egger

A public employee union in Illinois is criticizing several university presidents for backing a pension reform plan that includes cuts to benefits and a proposal to shift costs to university employees.

WIU Signs Dual Enrollment Deal with EICC

Jul 15, 2013

Western Illinois University recently signed a new agreement with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges to make the transition for EICC students coming to Western easier.

Teaching in 3-D

Jul 15, 2013
Rich Egger

One of the newest tools at Western Illinois University is a 3-D printer that was acquired just a few weeks ago.

WIU to Double Food Waste Composting

Jun 28, 2013

Western Illinois University will be able to double the amount of food waste it diverts from the landfill and turns into compost.

Rich Egger

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

Cost Increases for WIU Students

Jun 7, 2013
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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Documents from Western Illinois University show Tim Van Alstine, who last week resigned as Director of Athletics, will continue to be paid for the remainder of his contract, which runs through June 30, 2014.

WIU Professor Uses Facebook for Research

May 31, 2013

Many companies are using what you post on Facebook to learn more about you. Another group of people is also using Facebook to gather data, researchers.

Budget Cuts Might Spare Illinois Universities

May 28, 2013

Funding for Illinois’ public universities would stay about the same under a budget proposal released by House Democrats. That contrasts with Governor Pat Quinn’s budget, which proposes cutting university funding by 5%.

WIU to Slash Spending

May 14, 2013
Rich Egger

Western Illinois University administrators unveiled a plan to save $4.5 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2013.

Botswana Delegates Visit WIU

Apr 30, 2013
Larry Dean - WIU - Visual Production Center

A delegation from Botswana visited Macomb to celebrate new educational exchange agreements between Western Illinois Univesity and universities in Botswana.

WIU Security Expert on Doing Business in Conflict

Apr 18, 2013

There are items we may want like a new cell phone, an iPad or a luxury car. Then there are items we need like food, water and shelter.

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.

Sustainabily and Affordabilty Go Together

Apr 5, 2013
Scott Stuntz

Sustainability and affordability can go “hand in hand.” That’s the opinion of an expert with Habitat for Humanity of Iowa.

WIU President Prepares For State Funding Cuts

Mar 28, 2013

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.

Jonathan Ahl

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.

Rich Egger

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.

WIU Awards First Renewable Energy Degree

Dec 20, 2012
Western Illinois University

Among the Western Illinois University Students who graduated in December was the first who earned a degree in renewable energy.

Alan Steele of Milan, received his degree in Renewable Energy and Wind Technology.
He’s the first of 15 students currently working on their degrees, 5 of which will graduate in the spring.

New Data Shows Higher Incomes in the Tri States

Dec 5, 2012

Recent numbers indicate the economy might be picking up steam in the tri states.
The Illinois Department  of Commerce and Economic Opportunity reports per capita personal income in McDonough county rose five-percent…and it increased seven-percent in Hancock County.

Rich Egger

Illinois’ lieutenant governor wants more done to ensure a college education remains affordable. Democrat Sheila Simon is taking her message around the state as she visits each of the 12 public universities in Illinois.

“I do want to make sure that the state understands the value of investment in public higher education. That we still recognize the investment in higher education as the best economic development investment we can make,” said Simon during her stop at Western Illinois University.


Western Illinois University celebrated its founding by looking ahead to its future.  The annual Founder's Day ceremony was highlighted by President Jack Thomas, who delivered a 20 minute speech with the theme “Let Us Not Forget.”

“Let us not forget that we have an excellent history of providing access to a wide range of students, and we must remain an institution that is affordable,” Thomas said, adding that he considers WIU affordable when compared to peer institutions.

Rich Egger

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the University Theme at WIU. By bringing internationally renowned speakers to campus, the University Theme offers students, faculty and community members the opportunity to enjoy candid and personal interactions with world leaders. Discussions that begin with the lectures often continue days and weeks later in residence halls, coffee shops and classrooms.