Monday, April 26, 2010

A la carte: Mary Jane's Cafe

MARY JANE’S CAFE, on the main floor of Brookens Library at the University of Illinois Springfield, has reopened.

The coffee shop had been run by an independent vendor who left in December. Now it’s managed by the university’s food-service system.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Besides hot and cold coffee drinks, there are teas, sodas and fruit smoothies. Foods include soups, salads and pastries, such as muffins, bagels, cinnamon rolls and cheesecake.

Mary Jane’s is named after Mary Jane MacDonald, the first librarian hired at the school then called Sangamon State University.

The cafe was featured in a April 24, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Police donate bicycles to youth foundation, UIS

The Springfield Police Department donated 14 unclaimed bicycles to the Rutledge Youth Foundation and the University of Illinois Springfield’s Diversity Center bike checkout program on Thursday.

The UIS program loans bikes, free of charge, to members of the university community. A user can borrow a bike for five days.

“Many of our students are international students, so they come to UIS and they’re not able to bring their own bikes,” said Jeannie Capranica, Diversity Center program manager.

The donation was featured in a April 23, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Colleges moving to paperless systems

The University of Illinois Springfield, as well as the U of I’s other campuses in Urbana and Chicago, has been “100 percent online for registration since fall of 2004,” said Brian Clevenger, director of records and registration at UIS.

The U of I also uses the database system for grades, class rosters, syllabi, etc.

“We held out and did our course schedules on paper until summer-fall 2010,” he said. “Some still wanted to hold that paper in their hands. If you’re not great with change, it takes a while.

“It has saved us several thousand dollars,” Clevenger said. “We no longer mail grades or bills to students.”

Clevenger's comments were featured in a April 22, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Assistant A.D. at UIS takes job in Florida

The excitement of big-city life beckoned and Alison Fitzgerald is heeding the call.

Fitzgerald, 26, is leaving her post as the assistant director of athletics for compliance at the University of Illinois Springfield and has accepted a similar position at NCAA Division II Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla.

Fitzgerald has helped UIS make the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II with the school set to attain full membership for the 2010-11 academic year. She became UIS’ first compliance director in June 2008 after graduating from Marquette University’s law school.

Fitzgerald was featured in a April 21, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Professor starts fund to benefit UIS athletes

Barbara Hayler didn’t attend many University of Illinois Springfield women’s basketball games prior to the 2009-10 season, but following the team this season has compelled her to help student-athletes who have lost their athletic scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year.

Hayler, a Professor Emerita of Criminal Justice at UIS, has established the Help Honor Our Promises for Education Fund. Hayler is seeking donations to the Help HOPE fund, which would provide financial assistance to junior athletes who have had their scholarships terminated, regardless of sport, and help with academic costs.

The fund was featured in a April 21, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

UIS students being asked to pay for construction of student center

University of Illinois Springfield students will vote later this month on whether to increase student fees to build a student union on the UIS campus.

“The student union is the primary intersection and the living room of a campus,” said Derek Felix, the UIS student representative on the U of I board of trustees and co-chairman of the project.

The student-driven proposal would be funded by an increase in fees of up to $200 per semester for full-time students and $100 per semester for part-time ones. A referendum on the proposal will be held in conjunction with the UIS Student Government Association elections April 28-29.

Voting takes place online through the UIS homepage at www.uis.edu.

The student center proposal was feature in a April 16, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

UIS studying accelerated degree potential

When interim University of Illinois President Stanley Ikenberry asked college officials to find out what it would take to create an accelerated degree program, he kick-started the process at all three U of I campuses.

But University of Illinois Springfield provost Harry Berman said the three-year degree idea is “relative to the traditional full-time student.”

“It’s a matter of affordability for higher education, which is a big concern for all of us,” said Berman. “We’d have to look and see what majors we could do it in.”

Berman's comments were featured in a April 4, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Scholar unearths new past about Abraham Lincoln

Michael Burlingame says President Abraham Lincoln’s famous “Letter to Mrs. Bixby” may not have been written by Lincoln after all. The Lincoln scholar spoke Thursday at Knox College about his most recent publication, a two-volume biography, “Abraham Lincoln: A Life.” The book was the 2010 winner of the Abraham Lincoln Book Prize.

In his talk titled “What New Can Be Said About Abraham Lincoln?” Burlingame focused on the difficulties in finding information on Lincoln that has not already been uncovered and published.

“It’s easy to find letters that Lincoln wrote or received,” said Burlingame. “What’s really valuable and hard to find are letters about him. You have to do a lot of sifting through gravel, but if you’re willing to do that, you find a lot of information.”

Burlingame is the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair of Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield. He was featured in a March 26, 2010, article in the Galesburg Register-Mail.

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20100326-GRM-Scholar-unearths-new-past.pdf

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Editorial: New chancellor deal must reflect times

The following is a portion of a State Journal-Register editorial published on March 12, 2010.

THE DUST-UP over University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Richard Ringeisen’s retirement deal in the past week has been a vivid reminder of how starkly different economic times are now compared to a decade ago.

Ringeisen deserves credit for his request Wednesday that the U of I board of trustees revert to the terms of his original contract from 2001, scrapping the sweetened retirement package that would have paid Ringeisen more post-retirement salary and provided reimbursement for travel expenses.

IT'S UNFORTUNATE that public reaction to the retirement package — which would have paid Ringeisen his full current salary for 14 months, totaling about $319,000, plus reimbursement of travel between Springfield and his new home in South Carolina during his successor’s transition — became the main focus of Ringeisen’s retirement announcement. After all, it was under Ringeisen’s leadership that UIS became the institution it is today: a respected four-year university with a campus worthy of its U of I affiliation.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

UIS' Ringeisen to get original retirement deal

After a week of controversy that he said had “just gotten crazy,” University of Illinois Springfield chancellor Richard Ringeisen will take his original retirement deal.

Ringeisen’s resignation from UIS will take effect Oct. 31. He will receive a year’s administrative leave at his current salary of $273,500, instead of taking a consultant job that would have lasted 14 months and would have added about $45,500 to his post-resignation income.

The agreement, approved Wednesday by the University of Illinois board, is the arrangement described in then-President James Stukel’s January 2001 letter offering the UIS position to Ringeisen.

The decision was featured in a March 11, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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U of I trustees vote to pay outgoing chancellor $273K

The University of Illinois board of trustees voted Wednesday to give Richard Ringeisen, the retiring chancellor of the Springfield campus, a one-year paid administrative leave after he steps down Oct. 31.

The arrangement, in which Ringeisen will be paid $273,500 but not have any job responsibilities, is a change to what was proposed last week. Under the former deal, Ringeisen would have kept his salary for 14 months while serving as a consultant to the president.

Ringeisen, 65, asked for the change, said spokesman Tom Hardy.

The agreement was featured in a March 10, 2010, Chicago Tribune Breaking News article.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hasara: U of I board may scrutinize future work contracts

A University of Illinois trustee hinted Tuesday that the board in the future might scrutinize more closely employment agreements such as the one that called for University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Richard Ringeisen to receive a year of paid leave after his retirement as chancellor.

“Given our financial situation, a lot of things will be done differently at the university,” said trustee Karen Hasara of Springfield. “That could be one of them.”

Ringeisen’s hiring deal in 2001 called for him to receive a year of paid administrative leave -- at his current salary of $273,500 -- when he left the chancellor’s office.

Hasara's comments were featured in a March 10, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

IHSA 2A Boys Basketball sectional held at UIS

Meyers Leonard, a 7-foot University of Illinois basketball recruit, will be the featured attraction tonight when the University of Illinois Springfield serves as host for a Class 2A boys supersectional at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

The winner of the UIS Supersectional winner will play the winner of the Joliet Supersectional in the second game of the 2A state tournament at 8:15 p.m. Friday in Peoria.

Shuttle service

UIS will have overflow parking for tonight’s game and a shuttle from Lot B, which is located on the northeast corner of campus off University Drive. Shuttle service begins at 6 p.m. and continues after the game.

The game was featured in a March 9, 2010, report in the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Leave with pay was part of Ringeisen's hiring deal

Richard Ringeisen’s contract when he was appointed chancellor of the University of Illinois Springfield in 2001 guaranteed him a year of paid administrative leave when he eventually left the chancellor’s office.

A letter sent in 2001 by then-U of I President James Stukel also envisioned that Ringeisen, who announced earlier this week he would retire as UIS chancellor on Oct. 31, could return to the ranks of tenured faculty members after that leave of absence.

When Ringeisen announced his retirement earlier this week, however, Ringeisen and U of I interim president Stanley Ikenberry agreed that, instead of a year’s paid leave, Ringeisen would serve as consultant for long-range planning and special assistant to the president for 14 months following his retirement.

Ringeisen was featured in a March 5, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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UI-Springfield chancellor to spend next year as consultant

The chancellor of the University of Illinois-Springfield, who announced his resignation this week, will stay on an additional year as a special assistant, with his full chancellor’s salary.

Richard Ringeisen will resign as chancellor effective Oct. 31.

In a proposal to be discussed by the board of trustees next week, interim President Stanley Ikenberry will recommend that Ringeisen be appointed as chancellor emeritus.

Ringeisen was featured in a March 4, 2010, article in the Champaign News-Gazette.

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20100304-CNG-UI-Springfield-chancellor.pdf

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Editorial: U of I board should rethink Ringeisen deal

The following is a portion of an editorial published in the March 5, 2010, edition of the State Journal-Register.

"IT'S A SWEET DEAL, no doubt, for a university president signing off from a lengthy career in higher education.

University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Richard Ringeisen gets $273,000 after he retires to serve as an adviser to the president of the University of Illinois. He won’t have to live in Illinois to do the job, and he’ll even get reimbursed for flying back and forth between his new home in the Carolinas and the Land of Lincoln."

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20100305-SJR-Our-Opinion-U-of-I-board.pdf

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

U. of I. Springfield chancellor to get salary for 14 months after leaving post

The retiring chancellor of University of Illinois' campus in Springfield will retain his $273,500 salary for 14 months after he leaves the post this fall, according to a retirement agreement released Wednesday.

Richard Ringeisen, 65, the UIS chancellor since 2001, is expected to step down Oct. 31. He would then serve as special assistant to the president and consultant for long-range planning through Dec. 31, 2011, before retiring from the university.

During nearly a decade as chancellor, Ringeisen is credited with significantly boosting the Springfield campus' profile and transforming it into a more traditional university.

Ringeisen was featured in a March 3, 2010, Chicago Tribune report.

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20100303-TRIB-UofI-Springfield-chancellor.pdf

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Ringeisen might retain salary after retiring

University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Richard Ringeisen would make $273,500 annually as an adviser to the U of I president after his retirement this fall, under a proposal to be considered next week by the university board.

Under the agreement, Ringeisen would serve as consultant for long-range planning and special assistant to the president from Nov. 1 through 2011. His pay would be equal to his current salary as chancellor.

Ringeisen was featured in a March 4, 2010, report in the State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ringeisen retiring as chancellor of University of Illinois Springfield

People take it for granted now that Springfield has a four-year university, University of Illinois Springfield chancellor Richard Ringeisen said Monday.

Ringeisen said that’s the proudest achievement he’ll take away when he steps down as UIS chancellor in October.

At times battling tears, Ringeisen, 65, on Monday announced his retirement after more than nine years at UIS.

“It sounds like a cliche, I guess, but I just feel it’s the right time,” Ringeisen said.

Ringeisen's retirement was featured in a March 2, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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UIS Chancellor plans to retire in October

The chancellor at the University of Illinois' Springfield campus is stepping down after nine years on the job.

Richard D. Ringeisen, who is about to turn 66, said his retirement is effective Oct. 31.

He is the fifth CEO in the 40-year history of the school, known as Sangamon State University for 25 years, campus spokesman Derek Schnapp said.

Ringeisen told The News-Gazette that his proudest accomplishments came with the planning of the university as it moved into a four-year liberal arts college and NCAA sports program.

"We were a little uncertain who we were when I started," he said.

Ringeisen's comments were featured in a March 2, 2010, article in the Champaign News-Gazette.

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Ringeisen to Retire

Richard Ringeisen has been chancellor of the University of Illinois Springfield since 2001. Enrollment has increased by 16 percent to nearly five thousand students this fall. New buildings including a recreation center and student dorm have gone up on campus and the school began taking freshman.

Ringeisen has announced that he's retiring. WUIS public radio's Amanda Vinicky spoke with him about why in a March 1, 2010 interview.

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UIS Chancellor announces retirement

With Illinois public universities facing drastic cuts as a result of the state’s record budget deficit, Richard Ringeisen, chancellor for the University of Illinois at Springfield, announced Monday that he would retire in October.

The smallest campus of the state’s flagship university is feeling the pinch as a result of the state’s $13 billion budget shortfall.

But the UIS head said the desire to spend more time with his family, not the state’s fiscal crisis, affected his decision to step away.

“The budget’s a danger... This is almost Biblical – The bad budget shall always be with us,” Ringeisen said. “We just have to make the proper moves to take care of it.”

Ringeisen's comments were featured in a Illinois Statehouse News article on March 2, 2010.

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20100301-ILSHN-uis-chancellor-announces.pdf

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A Conversation with the retiring UIS Chancellor

Podcast of Chancellor Ringeisen’s live interview about his retirement with Bob Murray on the WTAX Morning NewsWatch on March 2, 2010.

Listen online:
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

UIS men prove they can compete

The men's basketball team has carried the banner for the University of Illinois Springfield in its first year in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and NCAA Division II.

While other UIS teams have struggled to get wins, Prairie Stars coach Kevin Gamble and his squad posted a respectable season after making the move from the lesser National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The article was featured in a February 25, 2010, edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Political litmus test: Democratic states spilling most red ink

The five states in the worst financial condition - Illinois, New York, Connecticut, California, and New Jersey - are all among the bluest of blue states.

UIS' Kent Redfield was interviewed for a February 25, 2010, article in Forbes.

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Forbes%20-%20Political%20litmus%20test.pdf

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

UIS, civil service workers reach tentative agreement on furloughs

The University of Illinois Springfield has reached tentative agreement on unpaid leaves of absence with five of seven bargaining units representing campus civil service employees.

Most University of Illinois academic employees, including more than 460 at UIS, were ordered to take furlough days this spring as part of the university's response to a growing backlog of unpaid state appropriations to the U of I.

The article was featured in a February 24, 2010 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

SMTD moves ahead with bus route overhaul

Life could be getting a little easier for University of Illinois Springfield students who don't have cars.

The Springfield Mass Transit District Board on Monday adopted an overhaul of the city's bus routes that includes a new route that runs directly from UIS and Lincoln Land Community College to the Wal-Mart on South Sixth Street.

Steven Black, a UIS student who is chair of a new group called Citizens for Accessible Safe Transportation, was interviewed for the article that was featured in the February 23, 2010, edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Health-care industry drives local job market

The health-care industry has been doing its best for months to boost the Springfield area's job prospects.

About 400 students and non-students attended the 12th annual Collegiate Career Fair last week on the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield. The fair gave them the opportunity to talk with nearly 100 prospective employers.

Rachel Hasenyager of the UIS Career Development Center was interviewed in the article that was featured in the February 23, 2010, edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

SMTD board to consider route changes

The Springfield Mass Transit is poised to make some of the biggest changes in its bus routes since the district was formed more than four decades ago.

One new route, for example, goes to the Walmart on South Sixth Street, which currently is not served by an SMTD route. The same route includes the University of Illinois Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College.

The article was published in a February 22, 2010, edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

UIS Prairie Stars hold off Lewis in Men's basketball

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars built a 17-point lead in the second half and held off a late rally to defeat the Lewis Flyers 75-74 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference men's basketball game Thursday.

The UIS victory over Lewis was reported in a February 19, 2010 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

UIS happy to host league tourneys

The University of Illinois Springfield is ineligible to compete in postseason play, but that isn’t keeping the school from hosting the Great Lakes Valley Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments March 6-7 at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

The university, which cannot compete because of its move this season to NCAA Division II from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ American Midwest Conference, is eager to host the GLVC Final Four. This is only the second neutral site for the tournament.

“We think it will be great to bring those student-athletes as well as fans from Kansas City to Louisville, Ky., to Cincinnati, Indianapolis and possibly Milwaukee, Wis., to Springfield to see what we really have here at UIS,” UIS athletic director Rodger Jehlicka said.

The story was featured in a February 16, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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20100215-SJR-UIS-happy-to-host-league.pdf

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Burlingame wins 2010 Lincoln Prize

Michael Burlingame of the University of Illinois Springfield has won the 2010 Lincoln prize for his book, "Abraham Lincoln: A Life," published last year by John Hopkins University Press.

Burlingame, installed Thursday as holder of the Naomi Lynn Distinguished Chair of Lincoln Studies at UIS, will receive $50,000 and a replica of "Lincoln the Man," a bust by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The prize, sponsored by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, will be awarded April 27 at the Union League in New York.

The feature on Burilngame was in the February 13, 2010, article in the Chicago Tribune and the State Journal-Register.

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UIS men upset Quincy

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars, playing without leading scorer and rebounder Richard Oruche, beat a nationally ranked NCAA Division II opponent for the first time with a 69-64 victory over the No. 18 Quincy Hawks on Saturday at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

The UIS victory over Quincy was reported in a February 14, 2010, article of the State Journal-Register.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Burlingame to be invested as new Lincoln Chair

While continuing his own original research on Abraham Lincoln, Michael Burlingame, the new holder of the Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield, said he expects his students to do the same.

Burlingame will be invested as the new Lincoln Chair in a ceremony at the Old State Capitol on Thursday evening, February 11.

Burlingame and his work were featured in a February 11, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Blagojevich wants all phone tapes played for jury

When his corruption trial begins in June, Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois,
wants jurors to be allowed to hear all of the audio recordings — some 500 hours’ worth — that federal authorities secretly made of his telephone conversations.

That prospect, political analysts say, was likely to cause queasiness for Illinois politicians, some of whom are thought to be heard on those audio recordings and might have hoped their comments would never become public.

Any association with Blagojevich could cast a candidate as part of the “corrupt Democratic machine,” said Kent Redfield, a professor emeritus of political science at UIS.

Redfield's comments on the subject were featured in a February 11, 2010, article in the New York Times.

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UIS is early adopter of Google Wave for online learning

When a preview version of Google Wave became available last September, some higher ed users dove right in to try the real-time collaboration tool. The University of Illinois Springfield’s Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) is an early adopter.

Last semester, students taking “Internet in American Life” built a wave with peers at the Institute of Technology Sligo (Ireland). Ray Schroeder, director of COLRS and a co-teacher of the course, hopes to create a matrix where faculty can post their interest in creating a wave with people at other institutions.

UIS' use of Google Wave for online learning and teaching was mentioned in a February 2010 article in University Business.

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20100211-UBusiness-googlewave.pdf

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Controversy surrounds Cohen's withdrawal from lt. governor race

The controversy surrounding Scott Lee Cohen's nomination and subsequent withdrawal from the race for Illinois lieutenant governor has renewed the debate over whether the position is needed at all.

Kent Redfield, a professor emeritus of political science at UIS, said changing the way the nominee is selected is the ideal way to prevent a Cohen-like scenario from unfolding again.

Under current law, lieutenant governor nominees are selected independently of the candidate for governor, yet they run on a joint ticket in the general election. Running as a team in the primary election, Redfield said, would prevent it from being "just luck if the two
know each other and get along."

Redfield's comments were featured in a February 9, 2010, article in the Daily Herald.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Electic list of winners partly due to low voter turnout

The list of victors from the Illinois primary election is electic. With such a hodgepodge of candidates moving into the general election, some say the most revealing mentality of the electorate may belong to the voters who didn't show at the polls.

Illinois political historian Charles N. Wheeler III, a professor at UIS, said the low turnout was ironic considering the disgust many Illinoisans directed at officeholders following Blagojevich's arrest in late 2008.

Wheeler's comments were featured in a February 7, 2010, article in the Daily Herald.

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Brady already planning campaign against Quinn

Although the outcome of the Republican race for governor remains in flux, state Sen. Bill Brady headed out on the campaign trail Friday.

For now, Brady and Kirk Dillard are waiting for final ballots to roll in from absentee and provisional voters. If an official count in March shows the two still neck and neck, a recount process could be launched, forcing an even longer delay in determining who will represent the GOP in November, but that's not stopping Brady from plotting his run against Gov. Pat Quinn.

Chris Mooney, a professor of political science at UIS, said Brady is trying to define himself before Quinn gets a chance.

Mooney's comments were featured in a February 6, 2010, article in the Herald & Review.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

UIS sees record enrollment for spring semester

The University of Illinois Springfield has set a record for spring enrollment, following on the strength of a record-setting enrollment last fall.

The university said Wednesday that 4,862 students are enrolled this spring, an increase of 327 over last spring. Spring 2010 enrollment topped a record set in spring 2007, when 4,613 students were enrolled.

The 7.2 percent increase is primarily due to more continuing students.

The news was reported in the February 4, 2010, State Journal-Register.

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Illinois politics never dull

During the Illlinois primary election, by Wednesday evening, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, Bill Brady held a lead of only 406 votes out of 765,000 cast over Kirk Dillard for the Republicans.

Among the Democrats, current Gov. Pat Quinn was ahead of State Comptroller Dan Hynes by 8,090 votes.

The possibility of expensive, time-consuming recounts hovered over both parties.

“Whatever you say about Illinois politics, unfortunately it’s never dull,” said Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS.

Redfield's comments were featured in a Feburary 4, 2010, article in the New York Times about the state election.

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20100204-NYTimes-ILprimary.pdf

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Election recount could be costly and delayed

If Illinois decides on doing its first ever statewide election recount, the process won't begin for at least a month. No recount can be started until the election results — including early and absentee ballots — are finalized March 5.

The monetary cost of a recount shouldn't mean much to candidates who have raised and spent far more during their primary campaigns. But the political price of a fierce intraparty battle could be enough to give candidates pause, said Ron Michaelson, former director of the state board of election and a political science professor at the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Michaelson's comments were featured in a Feburary 4, 2010, article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Download a PDF of the article: 20100204-STLpostdispatch-recount.pdf

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Waterfowl research going on at Emiquon Preserve

Recently, wildlife technicians Danielle DeVito and Curt Kleist, of the Illinois Natural History Survey of the Forbes Biological Station in Havana, have been studying the migration of water fowl at the Emiquon Preserve.

Their mallard research, based at the Therkildsen Field Station - a teaching and research facility owned by UIS - is part of a larger effort to transform Emiquon from farmlands to floodplain.

Their research and details about Emiquon were featured in a February 4, 2010, article in the Illinois Times.

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UIS Prairie Stars names new men's head soccer coach

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars named a new men’s soccer coach. Chad Jones will take over for Joe Eck as head coach.

Jones is new to the head coaching ranks and UIS, but not to the Springfield area.

The news of Jones' new position was reported in a February 4, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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20100204-SJR-soccercoach.pdf

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Democrats might have reasons to worry this fall

The polls are now open in President Obama's home state of Illinois, which holds the nation's first primary in what is expected to be a tumultuous election year across the U.S.

Whatever the outcome of Tuesday's voting, Democrats might have to worry this fall about this "blue state" — where Democrats hold all statewide offices and control both chambers of the General Assembly, says Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS.

Redfield's comments were featured in a February 2010 article in the USA Today.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100202-USAToday-voters.pdf

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Downstate Illinois Innocence Project takes on Slover case

Pinning hopes for a new trial for the Slovers on a fingerprint found on a bridge railing, the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project presented its case at a hearing Monday afternoon.

The project, based at UIS, has taken the case of Michael Slover, Jeannette Slover and Michael Slover Jr., who are all serving 60-year sentences for the murder of Karyn Hearn Slover.

The latest details about the case were reported on February 2, 2010, by the Decatur Herald & Review and WCIA-3.

Download a PDF of the Herald & Review's story:
20100202-HR-Slover.pdf

Download a PDF of the WCIA-3 report:
20100201-WCIA-Slover.pdf

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Democratic control could lead to redistricting

The contested primary races for governor among Democrats and Republicans could lead to national attention -- and money -- in the fall. If Democrats continue to control the legislature and the governor's office, they could draw new legislative districts for Congress and the General Assembly that could further marginalize Republicans.

"The governor's race is going to be a tough race and clearly there's a lot at stake with redistricting," said Christopher Mooney, a political science professor at UIS. "The national GOP might bring money into the governor's race, though they almost never do. Democrats have a natural advantage, but Republicans have Blagojevich to run on. Both sides have strong themes they can run on."

Mooney's comments were featured in a February 2, 2010, article in the American Chronicle.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100202-AmChronicle-elections.pdf

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TV ads won't necessarily help candidates

There are currently several high-profile political races going on in Illinois, and it may be difficult for any candidate to count on TV ads this weekend to put them over the top.

"There are candidates for a variety of offices on TV (and) plenty of commercials," said Christopher Mooney, a political science professor at the University of Illinois Springfield. "I've never seen this much clutter."

Mooney's comments were featured in the January 30, 2010, Chicago Tribune.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100130-ChiTrib-Mooney.pdf

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Wheeler: Illinois is becoming more Hispanic and Asian

In the January edition of Illinois Issues magazine, Charlie Wheeler, director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at UIS, wrote that Illinois is becoming more Hispanic and Asian. The GOP should be concerned, Wheeler wrote, because “voters in burgeoning ethnic communities — particularly Latinos — tend to vote Democratic.

Wheeler's editorial and comments were featured in a January 31, 2010, column by Bernard Schoenburg in the State Journal-Register.

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20100131-SJR-Wheeler.pdf

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Republicans fight to get back control in Illinois

Six candidates are vying to fill the position of governor in a state that has generally rejected the national Republican Party’s hard-line positions. The GOP nominee will face the winner of a contentious Democratic primary battle between Gov. Pat Quinn, the former lieutenant governor who succeeded Blagojevich, and Comptroller Dan Hynes.

Debates between the contenders have put the state GOP’s internal conflict between conservatives and moderates on full display, especially regarding tax policy as Illinois struggles with a historic $12 billion budget deficit.

Kent Refield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS, weighed in on the primary elections in a January 31, 2010, article in the Decatur Herald & Review.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100131-H%26R-elections.pdf

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Most Illinois gubernatorial campaigns in debt

Seven of the eight active candidates for governor go into Tuesday's election with a substantial campaign debt, somewhat ironic given the fact that most of them are hammering past and current state leaders about overspending.

In some cases, it's just wealthy candidates self-funding their campaigns and calling it a loan. But the big loans to other candidates are another story, according to Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS.

Redfield's comments were featured in a January 31, 2010, article in the Champaign News-Gazette.

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20100131-NewsGazette-campaignfunds.pdf

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Global Experience Program in Japan invites public to participate

UIS is inviting the public to join degree-seeking students for two study-abroad weeks in Ashikaga, Japan, in June. The global experience has been a program UIS has held in Springfield’s sister city for ten years.

UIS’s Global Experience program will offer a short course on Japanese language and culture in Ashikaga.

Details of the trip and past participants' experiences were highlighted in a January 30, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100130-SJR-Ashikaga.pdf

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Local couple donates Lincoln artifact to UIS

An area family donates a piece of history to the University of Illinois Springfield.

Rick and Dona McGraw acquired a bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln's face when they bought the McDonald's restaurant in downtown Springfield. It's one of only 15 in the world and was taken just two months before the president's assassination.

"We are fast becoming one of the countries best public liberal arts universities," said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen.

The story was featured in a WICS-TV 20 report on January, 28, 2010.

Watch the report online:
http://www.wics.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wics_vid_1421.shtml

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

McGraw family donates Lincoln mask to UIS

A bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln — one of 15 taken from an early plaster casting of sculptor Clark Mills’ 1865 life mask of Lincoln — will have a new home among University of Illinois Springfield students.

The Rick and Dona McGraw family, owners of the local McDonald’s franchise, has donated the bronze to UIS, where it will be displayed in the information commons area adjacent to the lobby of Brookens Library.

The news was reported in a January 27, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100127-SJR-lincolnmask.pdf

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Jeans Day program is bad publicity for Brown

Dorothy Brown said Tuesday her campaign for Cook County Board president has moved past last week’s bad publicity surrounding her “Jeans Day” program, but political experts said the flap did serious damage to her candidacy.

According to Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS, “People are highlighting (the program) because it fits into what appears to be a larger pattern of soliciting donations from employees. There’s been a long tradition of elected officials essentially shaking down their employees for campaign contributions.”

Redfield's comments were featured in a January 27, 2010, article in the Medill Reports.

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20100126-MedillReport-JeansDay.pdf

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Primary fight taking over Illinois Democratic Party

Less than 14 months ago, Illinois Democrats were looking at a smooth road toward retaining total power in the next election.

Now, instead of entrenched incumbents in the state's two top offices, the Illinois Democratic Party goes into the campaign season with an unelected governor and an open Senate seat. The situation has spawned the rare spectacle of a sprawling primary fight within the ruling party.

"Rod Blagojevich isn't all of it by any stretch, but he's certainly some of it," Chris Mooney, professor of political science at UIS, said of the Democrats' lost cohesion.

Mooney's comments were featured in a January 27, 2010, article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100127-STLPostDispatch-Democrats.pdf

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Republicans are hungry for success in Illinois

Republicans hope Illinois primary voters won’t get election déjà vu in the battle for Rep. Bill Foster’s (D-Ill.) seat. But with the election a week away, history could be repeating itself as two GOP candidates battle it out for the party’s nomination.

Observers say Republicans are hungry for success in Illinois, and the party is getting better at
maneuvering its candidates through difficult primaries.

“This time around, in general, the Republicans are being more pragmatic than usual,” said Kent
Redfield
, professor emeritus of political science at UIS. “There certainly is still a big split among Republicans in terms of moderate and very conservative. But I think there’s a greater chance of papering it over this time.”

Redfield's observations were featured in a January 25, 2010, edition of The Hill.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100125-TheHill-election.pdf

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Congressional candidates not required to live in district

Under U.S. law, congressional candidates do not need to live within the district they wish to serve.

The Founding Fathers probably didn't make residency a Constitutional requirement for federal office because mobility was limited in the 18th century, said Kent Redfield, a political science professor emeritus at UIS, and district residency may have been taken for granted.

Redfield's comments were featured in the January 25, 2010, Daily Herald.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100125-DailyHerald-carpetbagging.pdf

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Hynes winning money race over Quinn

Incumbent Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn had less than half as much money as his Democratic opponent heading into the final weeks before the primary election, according to campaign finance records.

Quinn, the former lieutenant governor who has held the top spot less than a year, showed an incumbent’s fundraising power, collecting $3.1 million during the period to Dan Hynes’ $2.3 million, but Quinn started the six-month stretch with just $702,000 on hand.

“Quinn historically has been someone who has had a lot of trouble raising money and not a big interest in raising money,” UIS political science professor Kent Redfield said. “The difference is largely the head start that Hynes had.”

Redfield's comments were featured in a January 22, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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20100122-SJR-Hynesmoney.pdf

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Illinois politicians cashing big checks

After a year in which Illinois politicians passed landmark laws to rein in moneyed interests, candidates for governor are having no qualms about cashing big checks while they still can to keep their campaigns running.

Until 2012 limits are enforced, Illinois remains one of the few states where donors can give as much as they want to any candidate, as long as it is periodically disclosed.

"It is very difficult in a completely unregulated system to say unilaterally, 'I'm not going to raise money,'" says Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS.

And despite the economic recession that has sent unemployment to double digit levels, Redfield said there will always be a pile of cash for politicians.

Redfield's comments were featured in a January 24, 2010, article in the Daily Herald.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100124-DailyHerald-bigchecks.pdf

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Diversity Coalition reconvenes

After six years of inactivity, the Coalition to Promote Human Dignity and Diversity, dedicated to speaking out against bigotry, has reconvened in response to a cluster of incidents in 2009, including the hanging of nooses at city and state government workplaces.

“There was something different about last year, where people acted out acts of hatred quantitatively in a different way than had been occurring for quite a while within the city,” said Larry Golden, an emeritus professor at the University of Illinois Springfield, who is a member of the coalition.

The news was featured in a January 22, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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20100123-SJR-diversitycoalition.pdf

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Supreme Court rules against limits on corporate political spending

A Supreme Court ruling Thursday striking down limits on corporate political spending will be felt in election campaigns across the country this fall, especially in close Senate races like those predicted for Missouri and Illinois.

Illinois reform advocates say the ruling probably couldn't be used to challenge the new limits on state-level campaign donations that take effect next year because those limits apply only to donations of cash and services, not independent expenditures made on behalf of candidates.

But Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS and one of the proponents pushing the state to implement more limits, said the ruling could stymie future attempts by reformers to impose stronger restrictions in other areas.

Redfield's comments were featured in the January 22, 2010, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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20100122-STLPostDispatch-Cash.pdf

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Stroger puts away $500,000

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger squirreled away $500,000 in two certificates of deposit at the Amalgamated Bank in Chicago last August, even as his opponents were gearing up to spend hundreds of thousands on TV ads and other campaign expenditures.

"It certainly looks like he is more interested in putting money away in the bank than running for office," said Kent Redfield, political science professor emeritus at UIS.

Redfield's comments were featured in the January 2, 2010, Daily Herald.

Download a PDF of the article: 20100121-DailyHerald-Stroger.pdf

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Money will give Senate candidates an advantage

Already a hotly-contested race, the campaign for President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat is expected to get uglier and more expensive following today’s Supreme Court ruling that corporations and unions can spend as much as they want to sway voters.

“Big money is going to interject itself into federal elections,” and people with money always have an advantage, according to Kent Redfield, a political science professor at UIS.

Redfield's comments were featured in a January 22, 2010, article in the Chicago Tribune.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100122-ChiTrib-SupremeCt.pdf

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

UIS furlough days affect students

Students returned to the University of Illinois Springfield campus this week with questions about how the recently announced U of I furlough plan for faculty and staff might affect them.

Some faculty will be taking all four days on the same dates to raise awareness about the impact of the state budget on higher education, while other staff and faculty will try to minimize the affect of furloughs on students.

Additionally, on Wednesday, faculty and academic professionals were given the option of taking a temporary pay cut equivalent to what the university would save by them taking a furlough day, so that they have the option to continue working instead of taking time off.

Details about the furlough days and the state's debt to UIS were discussed in a January 21, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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20100120-SJR-furloughdays.pdf

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Ill. Democrats might worry after Mass. Republican win

Illinois will conduct primaries for Obama's old Senate seat and every statewide office in two weeks, right after an upset win for the Senate seat in Massachussettes by Republican Scott Brown.

Chris Mooney, professor of political science at UIS, said Illinois Democrats in general might have to worry about the image of partywide complacency and sense of entitlement that has hurt the party in Massachusetts.

Mooney's comments were featured in a January 21, 2010, article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100121-STLPostDispatch-elections.pdf

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UIS hosts alumni exhibition in VAG

A reception for the 2010 Biennial Alumni Art Exhibition at the University of Illinois Springfield begins at 5:30 p.m. today at the Visual Arts Gallery, Room 201 of the Health and Sciences Building. The biennial exhibit features the work at 10 UIS graduates and runs through Feb. 10.

The exhibition was featured in the January 21, 2010, State Journal-Register.

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20100121-SJR-alumniexhibition.pdf

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

UIS is not one of GLVC schools to add football

The Great Lakes Valley Conference is expanding its sports program by adding football with the inaugural season slated for 2012.

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars, who are new to the GLVC and NCAA Division II, will not be among the league’s football-playing schools, however. UIS is “absolutely not” starting a football program, according to athletic director Rodger Jehlicka.

The story was published in the January 20, 2010, State Journal-Register.

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Illinois primary just around the corner

Illinois voters are less than two weeks away from a high-stakes election that will determine which candidates continue their quest for governor, U.S. Senate and a handful of other offices in the state.

However, many people don't realize an election is just around the corner or they've likely had very little time to learn about the candidates.

Kent Redfield, a professsor emeritus of political science at UIS, said voters tend not to focus much on political campaigns during the holiday season, which makes it hard for candidates to get their messages heard.

Redfield's comments were featured in a January 19, 2010, article in the St. Louis Beacon.

Download a PDF of the article: 20100119-STLBeacon-Primary.pdf

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Obama magic fading in Chicago

President Barack Obama's political magic is now giving way to sobering realities of time, distance and enormously elevated responsibilities a year after he took office, even in his hometown of Chicago.

"At the very least, it will become part of the keepsake box of the city, like having Oprah in town or being home to the 1893 World's Fair," said Chris Mooney, a political scientist at the University of Illinois' Springfield campus. "Every big city needs to be noticed now and then. Even if you're already the prom queen, it's nice to be complimented."

Mooney's comments were featured in a January 18, 2010, article in the Chicago Tribune.

Download a PDF of the article: 20100118-ChiTrib-ObamaChicago.pdf

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UIS Diversity Center director is keynote speaker for MLK celebration

Dr. Clarice Ford, director of the Diversity Center at UIS, was the keynote speaker for a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration and parade held in Rome, Georgia, which was attended by approximately 1,500 people.

The march and celebration was the feature of a January 18, 2010, article on Rome Newswire.com.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100118-RomeNewsWire-MLKDay.pdf

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UIS community joins in MLK celebration downtown

The Ministerial Alliance of Springfield’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance service, held at Union Baptist Church, became the destination for the University of Illinois Springfield’s march in honor of King this year.

The march began at Second Street and Capitol Avenue, where UIS' Voices in Praise Choir performed in front of a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. before about 40 people walked toward Union Baptist Church, where the annual service was held.

The march and UIS' involvement in the celebration was featured in a January 19, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article: 20100118-SJR-MLKmarch.pdf

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Primary election favors incumbents

Illinois' Feb. 2 primary election comes so soon after the holiday season, it usually leads to uninformed choices by the voters and an advantage for incumbents, who have both name recognition and time to raise more funds than new candidates, according to political experts like Dr. Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS.

Redfield's comments were featured in an article about the fast-approaching primary election in a January 8, 2010, article in the Kankakee Daily Journal.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100108-KankakeeJournal-primary%20election.pdf

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UIS part of ILEAD U

UIS staff and faculty are largely involved in the development of a new library institute, called ILEAD (Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover) U: the 21st Century Technology Tools Institute for Illinois Library Staff.

The institute was the feature of a January 10, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100110-SJR-libraryinstitute.pdf

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Schillerstrom likely needs longer than one term to fix Ill. state government

Bob Schillerstrom, a Republican who is running for governor, plans for just one term if elected, saying that four years is all he needs to do the work.

But with Illinois is facing a $13 billion budget deficit, it will likely take longer than one term to fix the state's problems, according to Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS.

Redfield's comments were featured in a January 7, 2010, article in the Illinois Statehouse News.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100107-ILStatehouseNews-Schillerstrom.pdf

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Increased voter registration doesn't necessarily mean big turnout

Voter registration for the February primary is at an all-time high, but increased registration does not always mean increased turnout, according to Ron Michaelson, political science professor at UIS.

Michaelson's comments were featured in a January 7, 2010, article published by the Illinois Statehouse News.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100107-ILStatehouseNews-voters.pdf

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UIS uses Google Wave for education

UIS was among the first colleges to use Google Wave for online teaching since the preview version became available in September. The university was mentioned in an article about Google Wave and online learning published in the La Crosse Tribune on January 8, 2010.

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20100108-LaCrosseTrib-Googlewave.pdf

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

U of I to enforce furlough days and hiring freeze

Most University of Illinois employees — including more than 460 at UIS — face furlough days this spring as part of the university system’s response to a growing appropriations shortfall.

The cost-cutting measures, including furloughs and a hiring freeze, are designed to trim $82 million from the U of I’s operating budget and ease a $436 million backlog of unpaid state appropriations to the university.

The news was featured in a January 6, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100106-SJR-furloughdays.pdf

The topic was also covered by other news outlets.

Download a PDF of an article from the Chicago Tribune: 20100106-ChiTrib-furloughdays.pdf

Download a PDF of an article from the Chicago Sun-Times: 20100106-ChiSunTimes-furloughdays.pdf

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Professor's work highlighted at national astronomy meeting

Dr. John Martin, professor of astronomy-physics at UIS, reported new observations of the Eta Carinae star system on January 4 at the national meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

His work was reported in the January 4, 2010, Science News.

Download the article about Martin and his research:
20100104-ScienceNews-Martin.pdf

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Political candidates use social media during campaigns

A year after Obama's historic election during which he utilized social media to build his support, candidates across the country - and throughout the Chicago suburbs - are following suit. Candidates running for federal, state and even county offices are campaigning via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and e-mail.

If you don't have a Web site, people assume you aren't credible, according to Kent Redfield, political science professor emeritus at UIS.

Redfield's comments were featured in a January 2, 2010, article in the Chicago Daily Herald.

Download a PDF of the article: 20100102-DailyHerald-socialmedia.pdf

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Celebrating New Year's should involve safe drinking

Many people look forward to ringing in the New Year with a few rounds of beer, friends and lighthearted laughs.

Valerie Scarborough, alcohol and drug prevention coordinator at the University of Illinois Springfield, says good times can quickly become bad memories when peer pressure and a lack of restraint lead to dangerous dares at the bar counter.

Scarborough's comments were featured in a December 29, 2009, article published by Gatehouse Media.

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20091229-Gatehouse-drinkingNewYears.pdf

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Hasara on board as Illinois trustee

Former Springfield Mayor Karen Hasara is one of six new trustees named to the University of Illinois board by Gov. Pat Quinn.

"The thing that means the most is that I’m the first UIS grad to be on the board, and it’s been really exciting to people in Springfield and at UIS," said Hasara.

Do you see yourself as being an advocate for UIS on the board?

"I see my main goal as being a representative of the university system. But certainly I will be an advocate because there is no other person on the board who knows UIS the way I do," said Hasara.

Hasara's comments were featured in a December 21, 2009, edition of the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article:
20091221-SJR-Hasara-on-board.pdf

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Judy Baar Topinka attempts return to state office

Republican Judy Baar Topinka is attempting to return to statewide office. At 65, she's running for Illinois comptroller, saying she can't stand to see state government engulfed by financial problems.

Though she was constantly bad-mouthed by former governor Rod Blagojevich, she still has two weapons in her arsenal: strong name recognition and a scandal-free reputation, according to Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS.

Redfield's comments were featured in a December 17, 2009, article in the Chicago Tribune about Topinka's comeback.

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20091217-ChiTrib-Topinka.pdf

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Students not indicted for hate crime

A Sangamon County grand jury has refused to indict three University of Illinois Springfield students on hate crime charges in connection with an Oct. 3 altercation in a campus parking lot.

However, the grand jury Thursday did indict two of the men on other charges, including a felony.
The news was reported in a December 17, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091217-SJR-studentsindicted.pdf

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

LMS competitors call truce

A three-and-a-half-year court battle between learning management system (LMS) giant Blackboard Inc. and competitor Desire2Learn ended Dec. 15 when the companies agreed to license each other's patents and drop longstanding lawsuits.

Ray Schroeder, director of UIS' Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, said the settlement between Desire2Learn and Blackboard "holds far less meaning" than if the companies had come to an agreement three years ago.

Schroeder's comments were featured in a December 17, 2009, article about the agreement published on ecampusnews.com.

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20091217-ecampusnews-onlinetruce.pdf

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Illinois divides over Thomson-Gitmo decision

The government has purchased the Thomson Correctional Center to house detainees from Guantanamo Bay in Thomson, Ill.

The purchase was the feature of a December 15, 2009, news story by WAND-TV Channel 17. UIS' Baker Siddiquee, associate professor of economics, was interviewed for the story.

See the broadcast story here.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Oruche named GLVC Player of the Week

University of Illinois Springfield senior basketball guard Richard Oruche has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week after leading the Prairie Stars to a pair of wins, including a victory Saturday over previously unbeaten Central State.

The announcement was featured in the December 15, 2009, State Journal-Register.

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20091215-SJR-Oruche.pdf

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Democrats try to retain power during redistricting

Every 10 years, Illinois lawmakers break out their markers and redistrict the state’s legislative districts, which produces political strife during the year to come.

Democrats currently hold all of the power and will be focusing on retaining it, according to Kent Redfield, a political science professor emeritus at UIS.

Redfield's comments were featured in a December 14, 2009, article in the Chicago Current.

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20091214-ChiCurrent-redistrict.pdf

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Budget crisis could get worse in Illinois

Though the Illinois state budget seems to be bad enough, it could get worse, experts say.

Ultimately, budget crises in some states can even lead to the closing down of state government for brief periods, according to Chris Mooney, a political science professor at UIS. State shutdowns, or the threat of one, may be one of the few things that convince lawmakers to make the more difficult, sometimes unpopular decisions, like raising taxes and cutting services, he said.

Mooney's comments were featured in a December 14, 2009, article on Stateline.org.

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20091214-Stateline-statebudget.pdf

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Professor weighs in on power company's proposed plan

Rocky Mountain Power in Salt Lake City wants to change the way it bills customers for the electricity they use, a decision it says will help lower costs and allow Utahns to better track their electricity usage and respond to changing prices, but that is receiving criticism from experts in the field.

Karl A. McDermott, a professor of business and government at UIS, was one expert who weighed in on the situation in a December 11, 2009, article in the Salt Lake Tribune.

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20091211-SaltLakeTribune-utility.pdf

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Rate plan receives criticism from experts

Customers who buy their power from Duke Energy in South Carolina face a 9.2 percent price hike by February under a settlement agreement between the company and the Office of Regulatory Staff, the state agency charged with protecting the public interest in utility matters.

If South Carolina's Office of Regulatory Staff had employed the same average and peak method for cost allocation method as other states like Michigan, Duke's residential customers might not be facing such a steep rate hike at the same time manufacturers are set to get a decrease, according to Carl Peterson, a professor in the Center for Business and Regulation at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Comments from Peterson were featured in a December 11, 2009 article published in the (South Carolina) State.

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20091211-State-Dukerateplan.pdf

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

UIS women's soccer team receives conference award

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars women’s soccer team has received a Great Lakes Valley Conference Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Sportsmanship Award for the fall season.

The news was announced in the December 10, 2009, State Journal-Register.

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20091210-SJR-socceraward.pdf

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Local film premieres at UIS' Brookens Auditorium

On World Aids Day, Kimberly D. Conner’s short film "This Life Ain’t Pretty," premiered at UIS’ Brookens Auditorium. The auditorium was more than full of cast, crew, friends and supporters for her film.

The film's premiere was featured in a December 10, 2009, article in the Illinois Times.

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20091210-IT-moviepremiere.pdf

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Vintage Brass Band created by employees of UIS

The Vintage Brass Band will be presenting "A Vintage Brass Christmas" at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 12. The band was created by husband and wife musician team of UIS staff members R. Todd Cranson and Rose Schweikhart Cranson in 2009.

The band was the subject of a feature in the December 10, 2009, Illinois Times.

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20091210-IT-brassband.pdf

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Lawmakers suspected of favoring politically-connected with scholarships

Lawmakers have awarded at least 197 tuition-free scholarships to relatives of campaign contributors, and some lawmakers and good government groups have raised concerns that the scholarship program favors the politically connected.

Charles N. Wheeler, III, director of the public affairs program at UIS, said lawmakers can protect themselves from suspicion by using independent committees and using objective guidelines to nominate scholarship recipients.

Wheeler's comments were featured in a December 8, 2009, article in the Southwest Daily Herald.

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20091208-SWnewsherald-campaigndonors.pdf

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Forum includes former and current WUIS news directors

Six of the seven Republican candidates for governor will participate in a forum Monday in Springfield.

Rich Bradley, who recently retired as WUIS-FM news director, will moderate the forum and the panel of reporters asking questions will include Sean Crawford, current WIUS news director.

The forum was announced in the December 9, 2009, State Journal-Register.

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20091209-SJR-repubforum.pdf

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Presidential search forum at UIS

Members of the University of Illinois’ presidential search committee hope a public forum allowed faculty, students, staff and the general public an opportunity to discuss qualities they feel are needed by the university’s next president.

“We like as many comments as possible,” said U of I trustee Karen Hasara of Springfield, who chaired the forum. “We’re hoping the publicity will encourage people to e-mail.”

The forum was featured in a December 9, 2009, edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20091209-SJR-Presidential-search-forum.pdf

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U of I Presidential Search Forum Comes to Springfield

The search continues for a new president at the University of Illinois and the committee in charge of hiring wants to hear from you.

Several members of the presidential search committee heard feedback on qualities they want to see in the next university president.

WICS-TV 20 featured U of I trustee Karen Hasara and student committee member Charles Oliver in a December 8, 2009 report.

Watch the report online here.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Elluminate is one online tool used at UIS

Elluminate gives an instructor the ability to hold a web conference with up to 300 participants, host interactive displays, video streaming and just about every function a teacher could want in an online classroom.

UIS is one of a few higher education institutions using the very popular Elluminate. UIS was mentioned in a December 8, 2009, article in the Vator News about Elluminate.

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20091208-VatorNews-Elluminate.pdf

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Some high schoolers opt for early graduation

In the Springfield school district alone, more than 100 high school seniors have applied for early graduation this year, with various reasons of why they want to graduate early, including getting a head-start on college.

Amanda Bly, an admissions counselor at UIS, said that early high school graduates may now start classes at UIS in the spring due to a new policy.

Bly's comments were featured in a December 8, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register about early graduation.

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20091208-SJR-DecHSgrads.pdf

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