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News Headlines – September 10, 2017

Last Updated on September 10th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: A Navy admiral is apologizing to the family of a fallen central Illinois sailor for how the Navy handled his death. Illinois schools are finally getting their money from the state. Fewer students are taking the ACT in Illinois, but they’re getting better scores. There are questions about the namesake of one of the dorms at Eastern Illinois University.

Admiral Apologizes For How Central Illinois Sailor’s Death Was Handled

(Washington, DC) — A Navy admiral is apologizing to family of a fallen central Illinois sailor. Admiral William Moran yesterday said the Navy did not do all it could to help the family of Logan Palmer after the young sailor died on the USS John S McCain last month. Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis pressed for the apology, Davis said it bothers him that a private group had to pay for the Palmers to fly to see their son’s body returned to the United States. Palmer will be laid to rest tomorrow in Harristown.

Illinois Schools Get State Checks

(Springfield, IL) — Schools across Illinois are starting to get some of what they’re owed. Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza yesterday cut the first state aid checks to local school districts. Schools were supposed to get the money about a month ago. Mendoza says another round of checks will go out today. In all, over 800 million-dollars will be sent to schools across the state by Monday.

Fewer Students Taking ACT, Scores Are Improving

(Springfield, IL) — Fewer high school students in Illinois are taking the ACT. But those who are taking the test are getting better scores. Illinois decided in 2015 to stop offering the ACT to all high school juniors, now only students who want to take the test do so. ACT officials say the average score for Illinois students jumped to 21-point-four, that’s just above the national average score of 21.

Former Professor Once Again Wants To Change EIU’s Douglas Hall

(Charleston, IL) — There’s another push to rename Douglas Hall at Eastern Illinois University. A former professor, Chris Hanlon, on Tuesday asked the school to rename the dorm. The building is named for Fredrick Douglas, the former Democratic Senator from Illinois who debated Abraham Lincoln in Charleston in 1858. Hanlon says because Douglas supported slavery, his name must be removed from the building. He’s pitched the idea before, and EIU officials turned him down in the past. There’s no official word from the university about the latest proposal.

U Of I Begins 60 Million-Dollar Recruitment Effort

(Urbana, IL) — The University of Illinois is looking to sweeten the deal for professors who want to work at the school. The university yesterday announced the beginning of three year, 60 million-dollar recruitment effort. U of I President Tim Killeen says the goal is to spend about 20 million a year to lure “top talents” to the university. Killeen hopes to hire at least ten professors a year.