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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Monday, April 19, 2010

Scholarships honor state police Trooper Brian McMillen

The Criminal Justice Student Organization at the University of Illinois Springfield will sponsor a free throw-a-thon to benefit a scholarship named for an Illinois State Trooper who died in October 2007.

The first annual Brian McMillen Free Throw-a-Thon to benefit a scholarship honoring McMillen will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Student Life Gym on the UIS campus.

A 2005 graduate of UIS with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, McMillen was an Illinois State Trooper who died when his patrol car was involved in an accident with two other vehicles outside Illiopolis while he was en route to a bar disturbance

He had served with the Illinois State Police for eight months.

The event was featured in a April 17, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Humor, healthy eating, control of finances all help battle stress, experts say

Positive thinking is one way to relieve stress, but doing it is much harder than saying it, a St. John’s Hospital nurse said Wednesday during a health-awareness forum at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Diana Weyhenmeyer, a community outreach educator, suggested that overstressed people look for humor in their lives.

Another speaker at the two-day Health Awareness Week event, which continues today at UIS, outlined ways of promoting “financial wellness.”

UIS' Health Awareness Week was featured in a April 8, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sustain exhibition opens at UIS Visual Arts Gallery

The Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Illinois Springfield presents an internationally juried exhibition of fine art titled Sustain. It features selections from 13 artists, whose work addresses three issues of sustainability: resource conservation, social justice and economic equity. The exhibit can be viewed weekdays Monday through Thursday. A closing reception is planned as part of the campus’ celebration of Earth Day on April 22 from 5:30-8 p.m. in the gallery. Pictured is “The Bitter Pill” by Minneanpolis artist Bart Vargas.

Through Thursday, Apr 22
Mon-Thu, 11am-6pm
UIS Visual Arts Gallery
Health and Sciences Building, Room 201

The exhibit was featured in a April 1, 2010, article in the Illinois Times.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

McFarland sign with UIS

Bill McFarland can now place all his concentration on his last season as an Edwardsville Tiger after signing a letter of intent to continue his college baseball career at the University of Illinois-Springfield.

As for picking UIS, a program in its infancy, it was something intriguing to McFarland. The Prairie Stars will jump start their baseball program in the Spring of 2011 as a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, taking SIUE’s slot after its move to Division I.

“What attracted me was obviously the coach and obviously the education,” McFarland said. “To get a degree from the University of Illinois is a heavy thing you can carry deep into your career and to get a chance to start traditions at a new school with everything new, it’s a good feeling.”

UIS head coach Brian Grunzke has a creditable resume, spending the 2009 season as the assistant coach at Northern Iowa, following two years as an assistant at Arkansas-Little Rock.

McFarland's choice was featured in a March 22, 2010, article in the Edwardsville Intelligencer.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Star Parties at UIS to begin at end of March

The University of Illinois Springfield’s Friday night Star Parties will begin Friday, March 26, and continue through April 30 (excluding April 9), weather permitting.

Star Parties are held from 8 to 10 p.m. in the UIS observatory.

Conducted by UIS assistant professor of astronomy and physics John Martin, the Star Parties will use three telescopes to view a number of celestial objects, including the planets Mars and Saturn, the Orion Nebula, and the moon, when visible. Other double stars and star clusters will also be viewed.

Star Parties were featured in a March 12, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Illinois recruit delivers thrills to 2,600 at UIS

Being the 7-foot center of attention has meant a lot of pushing, shoving and occasional verbal challenges for University of Illinois-bound Meyers Leonard this basketball season.

Tuesday night’s Class 2A supersectional at the University of Illinois Springfield was no exception, but the Robinson High School senior kept his cool for the most part.

But as the Robinson Maroons were pulling away from the Decatur St. Teresa Bulldogs for an eventual 81-60 victory, Leonard saw a chance to make a statement for the near-capacity crowd estimated at 2,600 at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

The event was 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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Monday, March 8, 2010

Commish comes home: GLVC's Naumovich has come long way

Jim Naumovich, a Springfield native is now the face of the GLVC and has served as commissioner since 2000. He is back in his hometown this weekend for the GLVC basketball championships at the University of Illinois Springfield. The title games of the men’s and women’s conference tournament are today at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

Naumovich, the longest serving commissioner in conference history, oversees a 32-year-old league made up of 15 schools (soon to be 16 with the addition of William Jewell later this year) located in Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois. The league sponsors 17 sports.

Naumovich was featured in a March 7, 2010, article in State Journal-Register.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

NCAA basketball comes to Springfield

This weekend, as Jim Naumovich returns to his hometown, he’ll bring the Great Lakes Valley Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments along with him.

Springfield native Naumovich is the commissioner of the GLVC, one of the country’s largest National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II conferences with 16 members in five Midwest states. The University of Illinois Springfield, which last fall joined teams like Saint Joseph’s College and Quincy University in the conference, will host the final four games of the two tournaments at The Recreation and Athletic Center on March 6 and 7.

Since the UIS Prairie Stars aren’t eligible to play in the GLVC tournament during their first year in the conference, the three-year-old TRAC will serve as a neutral location for advancing teams.

The tournament was featured in a March 4, 2010, article in the Illinois Times.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Fields set for GLVC Final Four at UIS

Two teams ranked in the NABC NCAA Division II national poll and the defending league champion have advanced to the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament set for Saturday at The Recreation and Athletic Center at the University of Illinois Springfield.

The semifinalists in the GLVC Women’s Basketball Tournament will take the court at TRAC prior to their male counterparts.

The tournament was featured in a March 1, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Human Trafficking prevails in Springfield

When you hear about "human trafficking", you might think it's something that happens only in third world countries. But, as many students at the University of Illinois at Springfield found out Wednesday afternoon, the problem is prevalent here as well.

As part of the university's "Engaged Citizenship Common Experience" speaker series (ECCE), the coordinator of the Illinois Rescue and Restore Coalition gave some shocking statistics.

Project Coordinator Lisa Fedina says her group's national hotline has been successful in identifying who, and where, these victims are, and in initiating the process of safely rescuing them.

The event was featured in a February 24, 2010, report by WICS-TV 20.

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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.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Access 4 producers wish to take over station

Comcast took over operation of Access 4 several years ago. Before then, it had been operated at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Gerald Burkhart, director of the Office of Electronic Media at UIS, said Comcast pulled Access 4 out of the university when UIS decided not to renew its contract with Comcast to provide cable to apartments and dorms on campus.

Comcast and predecessor cable companies had paid UIS to operate Access 4. The station’s budget at the time was about $170,000 per year, Burkhart said, and Access 4 had one full-time employee, one part-time worker and numerous student workers.

The station was featured in an November 21, 2009 article.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Intern Queen visits UIS

UIS students got a dose of reality to help them gain an edge in today’s tough job market and it came from the queen herself, "The Intern Queen".

Lauren Berger had 15 internships under her belt by the time she graduated from college, each with different companies. Now the self-titled "Intern Queen" has made a career of helping others land internships.

Berger's visit to the UIS campus was featured by WICS-TV reporter Heather Hubbs in a November 11, 2009 report.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Springfield college students see through eyes of a drunk driver

Students used fatal vision goggles as they walked the line simulating a roadside sobriety test. Students also got into a golf cart and tested the goggles with impaired vision.

The simulator is one of three big events planned by UIS as the university celebrates National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.

The story was featured in a WAND-TV 17 news report on October 21, 2009.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Springfield looking more like a college town

No one is going to confuse Springfield with Ann Arbor or South Bend, but there's a sense that it might be becoming a bit of a college town.

“If it’s going to be a college town, it will be UIS driving it,” said Richard Ringeisen, chancellor at UIS.

UIS’s campus has taken on a more collegiate look in recent years, with a quad, a central colonnade, two 200-bed residence halls for freshmen and sophomores, and a new recreation and athletic center.

Ringeisen's comments were featured in an October 12, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Republican Forum at UIS

Several remaining candidates for governor are slated to participate in a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Brookens Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield.

The College Republicans at UIS and the Illinois College Republican Foundation are hosting the event, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served afterward.

Among candidates planning to attend are state Sens. KIRK DILLARD and BILL BRADY, DuPage County Board Chairman BOB SCHILLERSTROM, businessman ADAM ANDRZEJEWSKI and political activist DAN PROFT.

The forum was featured in Bernard Schoenburg's column on October 8, 2009 in the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Pep rally kicks off UIS homecoming week

Homecoming activities kick off today (Monday) at the University of Illinois Springfield and later in the week include a parade, a barbecue and varsity soccer games.

UIS Family Weekend also coincides with homecoming events on Saturday and Sunday.

The theme of the 2009 event is “There’s No Place Like Homecoming.”

The homecoming schedule was published in a September 28, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Government jobs are cut less quickly than private businesses

Big government employers usually provide a degree of security that can be rare today as governments tend to react more slowly to economic downturns than private businesses. This is true today of cities like Bloomington, Champaign-Urbana and Springfield, where UIS and other state departments and agencies are located.

The topic was the focus of an April 9, 2009, article in the U of I's Daily Illini student newspaper.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Former UIS administrator still does work in Springfield while living in Wisconsin

L. Christopher “Chris” Miller, previously an administrator at the University of Illinois at Springfield, left Illinois last year to become vice president for student affairs at Marquette University in Milwaukee, although he is still serving in a role to recruit minority applicants for the police and fire departments of Springfield.

Miller's role was discussed in an April 10, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

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State 529 program launches incentive program

Starting today, College Illinois!, the state's only 529 prepaid tuition program launches its
"57 Reasons" Incentive Program, which helps to makes the decision to enroll easier by giving qualifying purchasers money.

The program was discussed in an April 9, 2009, article on PRNewsWire.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Sloan Foundation will close online education grant program

Though the Sloan Consortium will continue to promote online learning, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced that it is closing its online-education grant program, which leaves many colleges with online learning focuses without support.

The remarks of Ray Shroeder, director of the Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning at UIS, were featured in an April 6, 2009, article about the Foundation's announcement in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

UIS spring enrollment increases

UIS' enrollment for Spring 2009 has increased over last year's enrollment for the spring semester. A total of 4,535 students are attending UIS, 105 more than last spring, which is an increase of 2.3 percent.

The news was featured in a February 10, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Gov. Quinn faces many challenges in new role

While new governor Pat Quinn has the advantage of coming into office on a surge of goodwill and without corruption, he also faces many daunting challenges because the former governor left the state in such dire condition, according to Dr. Christopher Mooney, professor of political science at UIS.

Mooney's quotes were featured in a February 1, 2009, article published in the Christian Science Monitor about Quinn's new role as governor.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

BOT votes to increase housing and meals plan prices

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted to raise the price of housing and accompanying meal plans by anywhere from four to eight percent during their January 15 Chicago meeting.

The meeting was featured in a January 16, 2009, article of the Chicago Tribune.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Naperville reps sworn in at UIS

Naperville representatives Darlene Senger and Mike Connelly were featured in a January 15, 2009, article from the Naperville Sun about their inauguration ceremony on the UIS Campus on January 14.

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Cook County wants money owed from state for prison

According to an article from the Medill Reports, Cook County is threatening to take the state to court to get money it is owed for housing state prisoners in its jail. The state hasn't paid its half of the cost of the 16,000 prisoners a day since 2005, so the county is looking into filing a claim against the state to get its money.

However, it could be a while until the county gets its money, says Charlie Wheeler, director of the Public Affairs Program at UIS, who was quoted in the January 14, 2009, article.

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State legislature faces budget problems after impeachment

Many of the Illinois lawmakers sworn into the 96th General Assembly Wednesday, January 14, on the UIS campus said their top priority for the spring is dealing with the state's financial problems.

But the battle over the budget might not occur until after the impeachment process currently underway against Gov. Rod Blagojevich has ended, according to an article in the January 15, 2009, Bloomington Pantagraph.

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Blagojevich impeached twice

Gov. Rod Blagojevich made more history Wednesday by being the first Illinois governor to be impeached twice and the first to have a trial started against him.

The new members of the House of Representatives voted in favor of impeachment 117-1 after being sworn in on January 14 during a ceremony on the UIS campus, as written about in a January 15, 2009, article in the Galesburg Register-Mail.

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White refuses to sign Burris' paperwork

Secretary of State Jesse White on Wednesday formally refused to sign paperwork appointing Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate. Burris was named to the seat by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is facing an impeachment trial.

Legal experts are split on whether White’s refusal to sign the paperwork will derail Burris’ appointment, or if the Senate can get away with refusing to seat someone based on who made the appointment.

What will happen is anyone's guess since the issue is unprecedented in Illinois, according to Dennis Rendleman, assistant professor of legal studies at the UIS. Rendleman was quoted in a January 14, 2009, article in the Murphysboro American.

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Rep. Gordon inaugurated in House at UIS

New state Rep. Jehan Gordon admitted to feeling "a lot of mixed emotions" when she took her oath of office and voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich during the inauguration ceremony on the UIS campus on Wednesday, January 14.

Gordon's inauguration was featured in the January 15, 2009, Peoria Journal Star. Gordon represents the 92nd District, which includes about two-thirds of the city of Peoria.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

House votes again on impeachment

An article in the January 14, 2009, State Journal-Register discussed details about the plans for the Illinois House of Representatives to vote a second time on the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich after the swearing-in ceremony, held at the UIS campus.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Alumna featured in Springfield's Own magazine

Nina Harris, who received her bachelors and masters degrees from UIS, was featured in the January/February 2009 issue of Springfield's Own magazine, which is distributed by the State Journal-Register.

Harris is president and CEO of the Springfield Urban League, which is the largest urban league in the state. Most recently, she became a new member of the UIS Campus Alumni Advisory Board.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Jesse White holds firm on Roland Burris' Senate status

Dr. Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS, was quoted in an article about Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's involvement with the controversy surounding Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appointment of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama.

The article was run by the Associated Press on January 8, 2009.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Springfield upbeat at news of Governor's arrest

The mood in the capital city was for the most part upbeat when news of Governor Blagojevich's arrest broke on December 9.

UIS associate professor Marcel Yoder was among psychologists asked to explain the irreverent public reaction to such a serious situation. Yoder said that many people "have a tendency to believe the world is a just place. They'e glad the Governor is getting his comeuppance."

Yoder's comments appeared in a December 17, 2008, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Is Illinois really the most corrupt state?

Rod Blagojevich's addition to the state's rather long list of public officials to run afoul of the law has led to the observation that if Illinois isn't the most corrupt state, it's at least "one hell of a competitor." But it turns out that determining which state really holds that title isn't so easy.

In an article published in the December 18, 2008, Kansas City Star, Chris Mooney, UIS professor of Political Science, observes, "It's notoriously difficult to measure political corruption."

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Redfield commentary: Citizens must blame themselves

Kent Redfield, UIS emeritus professor of Political Science, filed a commentary with CNN on Gov. Rod Blagojevich and how he reflects the apparent general consensus among Illinoisans that "politics is solely about power, winning, and personal gain."

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Illinois citizens expect corrupt politics

A New York Times article recounting Illinois' long history of corrupt politicians speculates that Illinoisans have a wide-spread acceptance of less-than-ethical behavior by the people they elect to public office.

Kent Redfield, UIS professor emeritus of Political Science, observes in the article that, "There is this attitude among politicians, and frankly among citizens, that this is the way things are. Politics is for professionals."

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Senate contenders unsure how to proceed

There is no shortage of potential candidates interested in filling President-elect Obama's vacant Senate seat, but in the current situation no one is sure exactly how to pursue that interest.

Chris Mooney, UIS professor of Political Science, says it's his opinion that -- if the choice falls to (current) Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn -- the appointment won't go to anyone known to be under consideration by (current) Gov. Rod Blagojevich. "We're making this up as we go along," Mooney observed.

Mooney was interviewed for an Associated Press article that appeared on December 12, 2008.

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State's political culture fosters corruption

Even some of the most cynical observers of Illinois politics were shocked by the behavior that brought about Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest on federal corruption charges. But it was the extent of his brazenness that surprised people rather than the arrest itself; many point to Blagojevich as just an extreme example of the state's political culture.

In an article in the December 11, 2008, Christian Science Monitor, Kent Redfield, UIS professor emeritus of Political Science, says that Illinois tends to "treat politics as a business. It's not about public interest…It's about power and winning and jobs."

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Blagojevich arrest hinders ability to conduct state business

Though Governor Rod Blagojevich gives no sign of stepping down, his ability to fulfill his official duties is seriously in question.

Kent Redfield, UIS professor emeritus of Political Science, says that while Blagojevich is governor and can sign bills and issue executive orders, "Nothing he does will be taken on its merits. It will all be: How does this fit into (his) legal problems?"

Redfield's comments were part of an article published in the December 11, 2008, Peoria Journal Star.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Corruption in state government isn't anything new

Governor Rod Blagojevich's arrest on federal corruption charges is just the latest chapter in Illinois' long history of political scandal.

Chris Mooney, UIS professor of Political Science, observed that "Government in Illinois isn't about political ideology or helping people. It's about which…brother-in-law are you going to get a job…because he helped you get into office."

Mooney's comments appeared in a December 10, 2008, posting in the Conservative Libertarian Outpost.

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Close ties to governor a liability

Illinois State Rep. Jay Hoffman has been among Gov. Rod Blagojevich's closest political allies and friends. But Hoffman, who serves as chair of the House Transportation Committee, may find he has less clout when the legislature reconvenes.

Kent Redfield, UIS professor emeritus of Political Science, notes that while the Governor's friendship had previously been a big asset, "now it's probably a liability."

Redfield's comments appeared in an article published December 10, 2008, in the Olympia, Washington, Olympian.

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Quinn, Blagojevich don't get along

Though Pat Quinn serves as Lt. Governor, it's no secret that he and Gov. Rod Blagojevich don't like each other. An article that appeared in the December 10, 2008, Huffington Post examined the reasons for this and speculated on Quinn's future should Blagojevich leave office.

In the article, Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of Political Science at UIS, noted that the Quinn-Blagojevich relationship was "a marriage of convenience…their experiences are very different, so they really didn't have a lot to talk about."

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Blagojevich re-election is a "sad commentary"

When Rod Blagojevich was first elected governor in 2002 he presented himself as a reformer; however by the time he was re-elected in 2006 the fact that his administration was under federal investigation was already widely known.

In an article that appeared in the December 9, 2008, Bloomington Pantagraph, Kent Redfield, UIS professor emeritus of Political Science, notes, "It's a pretty sad commentary that we elected him again."

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Arrest reinforces image of state as corrupt

An Associated Press story filed on December 9, 2008, reports on the growing opinion that the arrest of Gov. Rod Blagojevich has only reinforced Illinois' image as among the most corrupt states in the nation.

In the article, Charles Wheeler III, director of Public Affairs Reporting at UIS, notes that Blagojevich's apparent brazenness "blows everything else out of the water."

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Wheeler: Blagovejich "most incompetent" governor

In an article contrasting the early promise of Gov. Rod Blagojevich with his subsequent performance and, finally, arrest on federal corruption charges, Charles Wheeler III, director of Public Affairs Reporting at UIS, assessed Blagojevich as "the most incompetent governor we've had in the last 50 years."

The Chicago Tribune article was published December 10, 2008.

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Redfield in NYT: Blagojevich may have tripped over ambition

Kent Redfield, UIS professor emeritus of Political Science, was among those asked to comment on Governor Rod Blagojevich's arrest on federal corruption charges for an article that ran in the December 10, 2008, New York Times.

Redfield noted that while Blagojevich "had clearly come into office believing he was destined for bigger things," he may have tripped up on his own ambition.

"The combination of arrogance and stupidity…is just stunning," said Redfield. "There's no feedback loop or reality check."

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Barricaded workers are a symbol

The laid-off workers of now-defunct Republic Widows and Doors who have taken over the Chicago factory and are refusing to leave until they receive assurances of promised severance and vacation pay have put a face to the reality of hard economic times.

Kent Redfield, UIS professor emeritus of Political Science, noted in a Chicago Tribune article that, while the case is classic politics, "politicians who… have something to offer are rightly intervening.

"It becomes a metaphor for what's going on in the larger economy," Redfield said.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

New search options gaining popularity

Established Internet search engines such as Google may be facing competition from a variety of newer tools such as Blinkx, Grokker, and ChaCha.

In an article in the November 26, 2008, eSchoolNews, UIS OTEL Director Ray Schroeder noted that these new tools can be a boon to students, especially when their searches involve media other than print.

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Constant connection to work is a mixed blessing

With the advent of e-mail, Blackberries, and smart phones, more and more workers find it hard to be "off duty."

An article in the November 24, 2008, State Journal-Register quotes Keith Burton, assistant professor and chair of Psychology at UIS, who notes that "employees need time to rest in order to be productive.

"We're not built to be constant working machines," he said.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Campus Town may be moving closer to reality

With the BOT approval of UIS' updated Campus Master Plan, the development of a Campus Town, to be located on the west side of campus outside the ring road, has moved a step closer to becoming a reality.

WCFN reporter Blake Wood posted a report November 14, 2008, on MyCFN News.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Corruption charges taint state's mood

With an Illinois senator poised to become President of the United States and centennial celebrations for the birth of Abraham Lincoln about to begin, the atmosphere in the state's capital should be buoyant. But allegations of government corruption are rampant.

An article in the November 24, 2008, Newsweek discusses the cloud hanging over Illinois politics and quotes UIS Professor Emeritus Kent Redfield as noting that, while the state has produced such iconic figures as Lincoln and Adlai Stevenson, an air of "let's make a deal" has always been "pretty pervasive" in Illinois.

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Who will Governor choose?

President-elect Barack Obama has resigned his Senate seat and it's up to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to choose a successor. Speculation is rife as the list of potential nominees grows longer.

An article in the November 13, 2008, New York Times quotes Kent Redfield, UIS professor emeritus of political science: "Compared to everything else, this is good publicity."

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Obama candidacy shines a light on Illinois legislature

Barack Obama's background in the Illinois Senate has focused more national attention than usual on the Illinois legislature and Illinois politics, as an article in the November 2, 2008, State Journal-Register reports.

UIS Professor of Public Affairs Reporting Charles Wheeler, a former newsman who covered the Statehouse for many years, weighs in on what Obama's record of voting "present" really means.

Professor of Political Science Chris Mooney notes that he had expected Obama to face much more and much harsher criticism because of the current investigation into charges of corruption in Illinois government and the federal conviction of one-time Obama fundraiser Tony Rezko.

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Redfield sees local races as a "way to send a message"

Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of Political Science, noted that local races are the best way for voters "to send a message" to the leaders of their respective political parties.

His comments appeared in an article on the impact local races can have on people's everyday lives that appeared in the November 3, 2008, Chicago Daily Herald.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

White tells campuses to prepare for tough times

In a recent campuswide memo, U of I President Joseph White said that he has told leaders at the three campuses to prepare for tough economic times over the next year and a half. White said the university should expect to face possibilities such as reduced state support, students with greater need for financial assistance, and leaving vacant positions unfilled.

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Student trustees ask top administrators to freeze salaries

The three student representatives to the Board of Trustees have proposed that administrators who earn $150,000 or more annually agree to voluntarily freeze their salaries for two years.

While the savings this would realize would probably not be significant, the students say that, in the face of tough economic times, the move would send a message to the entire university community that "we're all in this together." UIS student trustee Craig McFarland says he plans to raise the issue when the Board meets in Springfield on November 13.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Wheeler: Lawrence "one of the best"

When Mike Lawrence announced that he was returning to journalism after 11 years at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, including four years as director, his colleagues around the state were quick to praise the decision as well as the man.

UIS Public Affairs Reporting director Charles Wheeler III, who worked with Lawrence when both were Statehouse reporters, said, "I think that Mike's one of the best reporters I ever met," adding that Lawrence was respected by both Republicans and Democrats because he "took the time to understand the issues."

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Veselenak is community resource for mushroom hunters

Jim Veselenak, UIS associate professor of Clinical Laboratory Science and Public Health, is also an expert on mushrooms.

Illinois Times correspondent Julianne Glatz talked with Veselenak for an IT article on hunting wild mushrooms that was posted on September 25, 2008.

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Redfield sees McCain decision to suspend campaign as a ploy

Opinions differ on Sen. John McCain's suspension of his Presidential campaign to return to Washington while Congress considered the administration's plan to resolve the economic crisis.

In an article that appeared in the September 25, 2008, Galesburg Register Mail, UIS Professor Emeritus of Political Science Kent Redfield observed, "His implication is, I care more about this issue than Obama does, and I'm above politics….The irony is, you have a political ploy…to show he's above politics."

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White will seek independence for Global Campus

The U of I's Global Campus, launched in January, is so far showing significantly smaller enrollments and fewer course offerings than originally planned. University President B. Joseph White says that, to speed up development of degree programs, he would like to turn the Global Campus into an independent, accredited university and he intends to put the proposal before the BOT in November.

A report on this initiative was posted by the Associated Press on September 25, 2008.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Redfield sees campaign suspension as a political ploy

Opinions differ on Sen. John McCain's recent decision to suspend his Presidential campaign in order to return to Washington while Congress considers the Bush administration's proposal to mend the economic crisis.

In an article that appeared in the September 24, 2008, State Journal-Register, UIS Professor Emeritus of Political Science Kent Redfield observes, "The irony is, you have a political ploy from the McCain camp to show he's above politics."

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

UIS part of the "miracle" at Emiquon

Chicago Sun Times reporter Dale Bowman toured The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve in late summer and found himself "stunned" by the results that have been achieved in such a short time. Much of that success he credits to the "clout" of The Nature Conservancy and the "intellectual strength" of UIS. His article about the experience appeared in the September 21, 2008, Sun Times Outdoors section.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Redfield: Comment about draft is a "third rail"

At a recent public forum in Peoria, Colleen Callahan, Democratic candidate for a seat in the 18th Congressional District, suggested that she could support a reinstatement of the military draft as "the fairest way for us to begin to rebuild our military." Her comment touched off an immediate controversy, much as her opponent, Aaron Schock, had done earlier when he stated that the U.S. should sell nuclear missiles to Taiwan.

State Journal-Register columnist Bernard Schoenburg discussed the situation at length with Kent Redfield, UIS professor emeritus of Political Studies, for an article that appeared on September 14, 2008.

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More students living on campus

UIS' enrollment figures for the 2008 fall semester showed an increase in undergraduate students and the most-ever (1,050) living on campus.

Chancellor Ringeisen spoke with reporter Chris Dettro about student demographics for an article that appeared in the September 15, 2008, State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Governor back in the spotlight

After months of keeping a relatively low profile, Gov. Rod Blagojevich is once again making public appearances and talking with reporters.

In an article that appeared in the September 8, 2008, Chicago Tribune, Kent Redfield, UIS professor emeritus of Political Studies, speculated that the reason for the Governor's return to the public eye may be that he's feeling less pressure now that the trial of his friend and fundraiser Tony Rezko is over.

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Documentary by Dave Antoine to be shown

"Springfield Had No Shame," a documentary by UIS staff member Dave Antoine, will be shown on September 15 as part of the campus' series of events commemorating the city's 1908 race riot.

In an article that appeared in the September 8, 2008, State Journal-Register, reporter Pete Sherman talked with Antoine about his experiences producing the film.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Innocence Project asks court to re-examine evidence in 1989 murder

The Downstate Illinois Innocence Project at UIS is expected to ask a Springfield circuit court to allow evidence from the 1989 murder of Melissa Koontz to be re-examined, using technologies such as DNA testing that were not widely available at the time of the trial.

One of the men serving a life sentence for the crime, Tom McMillen, has repeatedly denied any involvement. Director of Investigations Bill Clutter and students Priyanka Deo and Sarah Wellard say they have statements from some key witnesses who now claim not to have told the truth during the original investigation. The three have spent several weeks presenting their evidence to local authorities.

The August 31, 2008, State Journal-Register published an article about the case and the Innocence Project's role in re-examining McMillen's conviction.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Green roof installed on Founders Hall

On August 14 and 15, 2008, workers installed a green roof, one of the first in the area, on Founders Hall. The structure is a key element in the campus' goal to save energy and increase sustainability.

On August 15 the State Journal-Register ran an article that profiled the new roof and outlined some of the campus' other efforts toward becoming more environmentally friendly.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Early morning star party a success

Nearly two dozen people attended a special version of a UIS Star Party, held August 13 at the Emiquon Nature Preserve near Havana, even though it began at 3:30 a.m.

Assistant Professor of Astronomy/Physics John Martin led the program, which focused on the Perseids Meteor Shower. Emiquon Field Station Director/Associate Professor of Biology Mike Lemke and staff from the Nature Conservancy were also on hand to talk about the preserve's return to its natural river floodplain state.

Participants were encouraged to stay and watch the day begin on the marshland.

Brenda Rothert, reporter for the Peoria Journal-Star, attended. Download her article


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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Stargazing at Emiquon

UIS' Emiquon Field Station is hosting an early morning program that will combine an opportunity for star-gazing with the chance to watch as the marsh creatures wake up and begin a new day.

The August 6, 2008, Canton Daily Ledger carried a notice of the event.


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Monday, August 4, 2008

WUIS to air special programs commemorating 1908 riot

On August 6, 7, and 8, WUIS will air special original programs in observance of the 100th anniversary of the Springfield race riot. The segments were produced by WUIS reporter Jenna Dooley.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

U of I employees to get raises

The July 22, 2008, State Journal-Register reported on a campuswide memo from UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen stating that U of I employees would be receiving pay raises averaging 1.5 percent. The raises are merit-based and will be funded through tuition, state money, and internal reallocations.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Illinois Issues is among Chicago Tribune's favorites

Illinois Issues has been selected as one of 50 favorite magazines by the Chicago Tribune. The list appears in the Tempo section of the July 9, 2008, newspaper.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

WUIS cuts two positions

Public radio WUIS has eliminated two part-time news anchor positions as part of efforts to address "ongoing internal deficits" at the station.

In a June 25, 2008, article in the Springfield State Journal-Register, General Manager Bill Wheelhouse said the move was in no way performance-related: "I'm really trying to get our budget in check." He said the cuts will save money without affecting programs.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

UIS' new Japanese garden noted in blog

The campus' Japanese garden, dedicated on May 16, was mentioned in the Hewn and Hammered blog "Japanese Gardens in the US" posted on May 27, 2008. The garden is located on the south side of the Public Affairs Center.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Materials from UIS Archives to be part of State Museum project

As part of the ongoing Illinois Oral History Project, researchers from the Illinois State Museum are scouring the state to record and preserve "the back roads" of its agricultural history.

Dozens of audiotapes made and archived at UIS' Brookens Library will be included in the project, which is scheduled to be available online in the near future.

An article in the May 27, 2008, Arlington Heights Daily Herald outlined the project.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

U of I campuses should be a system of peers

The recent move of e-mail addresses on the Urbana campus from the "" domain to "" might be seen as sending a mixed message about the status of the other two campuses in the University of Illinois system.

In an article that appeared in the May 20, 2008, Daily Illini, Chelsea Fiddyment argues that it is important not to lose sight of the fact that the Chicago and Springfield campuses are equally important members of the system: "institutions with a caliber of education equal to that of the central campus."

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Chancellor Ringeisen profiled in Springfield Scene

Chancellor Richard Ringeisen had a long and successful career before he came "home" to UIS. The May/June 2008 edition of Springfield Scene Magazine features a profile of the Chancellor by Ed Russo.

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