In September 2016, trustees at Chicago State University sent away then-President Thomas Calhoun Jr. with a nudge and a fat envelope. Not even nine months on the job, Calhoun stepped down without explanation — but with a $600,000 severance package.The university was in crisis, both financially and academically. A lack of state funding led to faculty and staff layoffs and program cuts. The university’s accreditation agency issued sanctions. Graduation rates fell to around 11 percent. And the freshmen class dropped to 86 students.But the board managed to scrape together a nifty parting gift for the outgoing president.Similar story at Northern Illinois University, where then-President Doug Baker resigned in 2017 with a severance package worth more than $600,000. He left amid allegations of improper hiring and spending after just four years on the job.The University of Illinois negotiated a $400,000 payout to outgoing Chancellor Phyllis Wise in 2015. She resigned after an … [Read more...] about Limiting golden parachutes in Illinois
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CAIRO, Ill. — There are not as many pickup basketball games these days. Not as many kids dribbling in the street after school. Not anymore, at least. Not since the town's two biggest public housing complexes closed a year ago.Except some afternoons still have a slow pulse, like on this Thursday in early April, with a handful of kids skipping around a skinny block on Cairo's northern end. In an hour or so, they would all be called in for dinner and leave skateboards and scooters and bicycles scattered on the sidewalk. The street would then fall quiet again, like the ones next to it and the ones across town and the ones weaving through the Elmwood and McBride housing complexes, where about 400 people used to live and now only a few dozen families remain.But first there was an important game of one-on-one basketball to play, as two little boys bounded toward baskets on each side of the block, focusing hard to keep the ball from striking the uneven pavement and bouncing out of … [Read more...] about Ben Carson called this Illinois town a ‘dying community.’ Its people, and basketball, are hanging on.
The deaths of a man accused of causing a fatal car crash and his ex-wife have been formally ruled suicides, the DuPage County coroner’s office announced Thursday.The bodies of Brian Thunderkick, 62, and his former wife, Laura Arns, 62, were found Feb. 22 in the townhouse they shared in Warrenville. The coroner’s office said both took their own lives.The bodies were discovered when police showed up with a warrant for Thunderkick’s arrest after he missed a court date earlier that day.Thunderkick was facing reckless homicide charges stemming from a Sept. 30 high-speed crash in which Thunderkick’s Camaro struck a vehicle belonging to a college student from Elgin, authorities said. Erika Villagomez, 22, a senior at Northern Illinois University, died in the fiery crash.Officials said their investigation indicated that Thunderkick may have been driving as fast as 135 mph when he struck Villagomez’s car on Butterfield Road in Wheaton. He tried to flee after the … [Read more...] about Suspect in fatal crash and ex-wife died in double suicide: authorities
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest For some in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a ghost town is home The end of copper mining left a lot of ghost towns in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. But not all of them are deserted. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 17 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 a.m. ET Feb. 16, 2018 | Updated 8:59 a.m. ET Feb. 17, 2018 CLOSE The end of copper mining left a lot of ghost towns in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. But not all of them are deserted. Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press The end of copper mining left a lot of ghost towns in Michigan. But not all of them are deserted. CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 17 … [Read more...] about For some in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a ghost town is home
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday distanced himself from police Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s controversial move to declare the police shooting of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones justified, while also praising Johnson’s work on Police Department reform efforts.Emanuel was appearing at a West Side park to talk about spring street sweeping when he was asked whether he sides with Johnson in saying Officer Robert Rialmo followed proper procedure in the fatal 2015 shootings of LeGrier and Jones. The mayor suggested to reporters that Johnson still could get overruled by the Police Board.“The process is working out exactly like it’s supposed to,” Emanuel said. “They made their suggestion, the superintendent makes his. As you know, that’s not the end of the process. I think saying anything more while it’s going through — we’ve made a clear point about independence of this effort. I will say this in general: I think the superintendent … [Read more...] about Emanuel says Johnson decision on Rialmo is ‘not the end of the process’