The Davenport School Board has decided to join Superintendent Art Tate "out on a limb," and ask permission from the state to spend more money than allowed by law. Monday night it unanimously approved his recommendation to apply to the Iowa School Budget Review Committee. 

State money is about to run out again for higher education in Illinois. And on Midwest Week, how the budget crisis has affected Western Illinois University - programs, employment, and capital projects.

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With the opening of a new building, Black College has added a new program. Thursday it celebrated the completion of the Veterinary Sciences Center on the east campus in Galva.

The possible consolidation of two western Illinois school districts has passed another test. Wednesday night, a public hearing was held for comments on the proposal to combine the Cambridge and Alwood districts.

Property taxes for residents of the Black Hawk College district may go up next year. Thursday night the board of trustees will consider a staff recommendation to raise the tax rate by 4 1/4 per cent.

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After five years of falling or holding steady, property values are finally rising and that means some new revenue for the Moline School District. Monday night, the board of education gave its preliminary approval to a tax rate and tax levy for next year.

Reports of the demise of liberal arts colleges in the US are greatly exaggerated. With apologies to Mark Twain, that's the message Tuesday to a regional meeting of the Council of Independent Colleges - members from several states will meet at Augustana College. 

Council president Richard Ekman says it's one of several meetings with member colleges across the country to try to counter many myths about these colleges.


Palmer College is taking the first steps in what it hopes will be a long-term "re-vitalization" of the campus in Davenport. 

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A 400 year old play will help open a new state-of-the-art theater complex this weekend at Augustana College. "Othello" by William Shakespeare is the first play to be produced in the new Brunner Theatre Center.

The chair of the Theatre Arts Department, Jeff Coussens, says the new main stage theater is a huge improvement over the previous one.

Dir. of WIU's School of Engineering, Bill Pratt, speaks from behind a podium as Pres. Jack Thomas (center) & Interim Provost, Kathleen Neumann, listen while seated.
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In a few years, companies hiring mechanical engineers will have more applicants. Michelle O'Neill reports this morning in Moline, Western Illinois University's President, Jack Thomas, announced it will offer a degree in Mechanical Engineering in January.