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News Around Illinois – January 30, 2020

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EIU Reports 2% Spring Enrollment Increase

CHARLESTON – Spring enrollment is up at Eastern Illinois University, although by a smaller margin than a year ago.  Tenth-day enrollment figures at the state university in Charleston were up two percent from last spring, at 7,621. That compares to a seven percent increase reported last spring. Undergraduate enrollment was down slightly, but graduate student enrollment rose by more than a hundred students, or nearly ten percent. Graduate School Dean Ryan Hendrickson says in a news release, that Eastern’s graduate student population is at its higher level in a decade. EIU is among several state universities in Illinois trying to bounce back from years of enrollment declines. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Plane Crash Killed Former Springfield Mayor, Coroner

Hundreds Attend Funeral For ‘Unclaimed Veteran’ In Illinois

Ex-East St. Louis Official Sentenced For Official Misconduct

BELLEVILLE — A former East St. Louis, Illinois administrator and City Council member has been sentenced to 30 months of probation and a $500 fine for public corruption. June Olivette Hamilton was convicted last fall of forgery and public contractor misconduct. In addition to probation, the fine and 120 hours of community service, St. Clair County judge John O’Gara prohibited the 56-year-old Hamilton from any job in public administration for 10 years. Before her sentencing, her defense attorney and prosecutors agreed the two charges she was found guilty of are merged and she be sentenced on the misconduct charge alone. – Associated Press

 

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Urbana Mayor Marlin confirms she won’t seek third term

Democrat Diane Marlin is confirming what she has been talking about for more than a year: she’ll step down as Urbana mayor when her current term ends next spring.

“After 8 years on City Council and 8 years as mayor, 16 in city government, is a good long run,” Marlin said in an interview with Illinois Public Media.