Wednesday, June 24, 2009


UIS has been invited to join the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and is now the only COPLAC college in Illinois.

COPLAC consists of liberal arts colleges that tend to have smaller student populations, class sizes and faculty-to-student ratios.

The announcement was featured in the June 24, 2009, State Journal-Register.

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SSU graduate has received four James Beard Foundation Awards for cookbooks

Former Springfield resident Cheryl Alters Jamison, a cookbook author, has received four of the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards, considered the "Oscars of the food world."

Jamison is a graduate of Sangamon State University, where she received her M.A. in community arts management in 1977.

Jamison was featured in a June 24, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Wheeler uncertain about income tax increase passing before July

Charlie Wheeler, director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at UIS, has been watching goings-on at the Statehouse for nearly four decades, and he’s not hopeful that an income tax increase will pass before the new fiscal year begins July 1.

Wheeler was featured in a June 18, 2009, column in the State Journal-Register about the state's budget and funding.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

SJR requests more information from UIS

UIS has denied the State Journal-Register's Freedom of Information Act request about an investigation involving the resignation of three UIS athletics coaches in March. Reasons that the university is not able to disclose certain information includes the fact that the information is barred from release by state or federal law or contains employee personnel files.

The SJ-R wrote an opinion piece in the June 16, 2009, issue that claims that UIS should turn over all information requested.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

UIS would get new public safety building under capital construction plan

Springfield-area state lawmakers say the $29 billion capital construction plan they approved this spring illustrates their top spending priorities brought to them by their communities.

As part of the plan, UIS would be able to build a new 10,000-square-foot public safety building on the west side of campus with $4 million included in the proposed capital bill. The building is greatly needed, as the current police department is housed in an old farmhouse.

The capital plan was the topic of a June 8, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Tapes don't prove innocence for Roland Burris

After being appointed as Senator by Rod Blagojevich, Roland Burris took office, but on May 26, a transcript of a November discussion between Burris and Robert Blagojevich was released by a federal court.

The discussion was about raising funds for the governor, and while Burris stated that the tape showed his innocence, others had the opposite perception, like UIS political scientist Kent Redfield.

Remarks by Redfield on the topic are featured in a June 5, 2009, story on

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Capital construction program will give UIS funds for Public Safety Building

The governor and legislature are in disagreement over state's budget, and a $29 billion statewide capital construction program is a large cause of that.

The program consists of an initial multi-billion-dollar road-construction plan and measures to create revenue to pay for it. A follow-up measure has about $1.5 billion for additional infrastructure and transit spending.

As part of the plan, UIS will get $4 million for the construction of the Public Safety Building on campus.

The budget was the topic of a June 2, 2009, article in the Galesburg Register Mail.

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Illinois attempts to reform campaigns with contribution limits

Campaign contribution limits for Illinois politicians are part of a push to redeem Illinois from the international spectacle of political scandal and corruption.

But some say the ethics push has little substance and is "an illusion of campaign finance reform," according to Dr. Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS.

Redfield's comments about the subject were featured in a June 3, 2009, article by the Associated Press.

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