The head of a state panel on police officer training now says facilities in Macomb and Urbana can co-exist.
It appeared the facility at the University of Illinois was about to close this summer. But the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board said Monday July 9 that it has come to an agreement with the U of I to keep that facility’s doors open.
Executive Director Kevin McClain said U of I President Robert Easter initiated talks with members of the board to explain the role of its Police Training Institute, repairing a relationship he described as "dormant."
Western Illinois University is facing another year of reduced state funding while also playing a waiting game with the state.
WIU President Jack Thomas has asked each vice president at the school to reduce his or her division's total budget by 2%. Thomas said the state reduced it support of Western for the new fiscal year by $3.4 million, a cut of more than 6%.
He said WIU recently received a $6.3 million payment from the state but is still owed around $13 million for the Fiscal Year 2012, which ended June 30.
Monmouth College will save significant interest payments by taking advantage of low interest rates. It will refinance a bond issue. The college used a portion of the city's bonding authority to pay for construction of Bowers Residence Hall
The $6 million building was completed in 2001.
City Administrator Eric Hanson says the city had to approve the change before the bond counsel could move forward.
He says, “It dramatically reduces their interest rate over several years ago. But it doesn't really have any ramifications for the city.”