Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New UIS Public Safety Building is another budget casualty

University of Illinois Springfield officials are concerned that contracts for its new Public Safety Building may have to be rebid, further delaying a project they say is sorely needed.

The $5.3 million project went out for bids in November, and “the bids came in and we were all ready to go,” said Chuck Coderko, director of construction for UIS. “Then the governor stopped everything and it was put on hold pending funding.”

Since Gov. Bruce Rauner’s order that the Capital Development Board hold up construction projects until a budget is hammered out, the bids received by UIS technically have expired, Coderko said.

“The bids are only good for so long,” he said. “The Capital Development Board can still ask the contractors to honor those bids, and sometimes they do. The contractors seemed eager to get this thing going.”

Money for the project was appropriated in late 2011, but delays in the design process resulted in bids being sought only last year.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on July 28, 2015.

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State Fair offers bonus to college students

Enjoying the Illinois State Fair just got easier, especially for Illinois college students. State Fair Manager Patrick Buchen announced today College Night will take place on Thursday, August 20th.

Any college student who purchases a ticket to see The Fray with Andy Grammer at the Grandstand will receive FREE admission to the fairgrounds for the night of the concert, August 20th.

To sweeten the deal for area college students, University of Illinois Springfield will offer its students a shuttle service from the university to the state fairgrounds from 5:30pm until midnight.

"As our students return for the start of the fall semester, we welcome this opportunity for them to experience the Illinois State Fair," said University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Susan Koch.

For non-UIS students, Springfield Mass Transit District offers transportation to the fairgrounds for a minimal cost, and Uber also offers services in the Capital City. SMTD bus route information can be obtained at www.smtd.org.

The story was reported by The X Radio Effingham on July 27, 2015.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

UIS volleyball adds depth, talent with four recruits

Trey Salinas’ summer tour of coaching at college volleyball camps will wrap next week at Iowa State.

This is what the University of Illinois Springfield first-year volleyball coach and many of his colleagues do in the offseason. These camps allow coaches to get eyes on high school players among other things. Salinas has his recruits locked up for 2015, but has his sights on future classes.

He will welcome four new players to the team when practice starts next month. Right-side hitter Emma Burkle, middle hitter Alyssa Hasler, setter Tiffany Wentworth and libero Isabela Fonseca are all freshmen. They join 13 returning players.

“My logic around recruiting for this year and next year is in preparation for the (seven-player junior) class to go,” Salinas said. “That way the year after they leave, I’m not trying to bring in seven kids to replace that whole squad.”

This story appeared online in The State Journal-Register on July 24, 2015.

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