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217 Today: UIUC graduate employees secure historic wage increase

Members of the GEO pose during a caucus at the 26th and final bargaining session on Friday, March 24. Shortly after, the administration accepted their contract proposal.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • Pending regulatory approval, OSF Healthcare will reopen the birthing center at its Danville hospital — while its facility in Urbana will close.
  • Advocates are urging Illinois lawmakers to expand a public health insurance program for low-income immigrants, before the spring legislative session is scheduled to end this week.
  • The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in the state’s appeal of a downstate judge’s ruling against the assault-style weapons ban that took effect this year.
  • Unusually dry conditions were partly to blame for a dust storm that led to a traffic pile-up on I-55 in early May.

In today’s deep dive, we hear about how graduate employees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign got a historic increase in wages during contract negotiations.

Reporting today contributed by Jim Meadows, Kristen Schorsch, Mawa Iqbal, Sarah Nardi and Julia Youman.

Owen Henderson

Owen Henderson

Owen Henderson covers arts and culture, as well as LGBTQ issues for Illinois Public Media News. He studied journalism, Spanish and theater at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has worked with Illinois Public Media in various capacities since 2021.

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