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SIUE students protest on Inauguration Day

Students at SIUE held a rally on Inauguration Day and smashed ceramic figures in protest of racism, sexism, homophobia and President Trump's policies.

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Illinois teachers’ pension system faces $71.4 billion unfunded liability

An official from the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois said the pension system for teachers, administrators and public school personnel faces challenges, including an unfunded liability of $71.4 billion. He says the pension system’s funding shortfalls stem from state legislation that created a continuous deficit that affects teachers and taxpayers in Belleville, IL, East St. Louis, IL Collinsville, IL, and Edwardsville, IL.

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As local principal ends career, successor returns to where he started his

Belleville District 118 School Board in Belleville, IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO appointed a replacement for Douglas School Principal Teresa Blomenkamp, or Teresa Case, who is retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Geoff Schwalenberg, principal at Westhaven Elementary School, will leave to become the new principal at Douglas Elementary School on July 1.

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In this teen contest, scholarships, chances to perform are at stake

Teen musicians, dancers and other performers from Belleville, IL, Edwardsville, IL, Collinsville, IL, and more areas in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, will compete in the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition for college money, a free recording session, the chance to appear on stage at The Muny and other performance opportunities.

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Belleville school to open bid process for new sports complex project

Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, will begin accepting bids for a construction project to build a new outdoor athletics complex for its sports teams. The school will also solidify plans for renovation of its library to make room for a lab focused on science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math.

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This metro-east high school could be getting new classrooms, labs

Mascoutah Unit 19 School District’s school board is expected to consider bids for a construction project at Mascoutah High School in Mascoutah, IL, that will complete work that was left partially unfinished six years ago when the building was constructed. The plan is to add new classrooms, science labs and teacher lounges, as well as a space for student groups and sports teams to practice if the budget allows.

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School closings and cancellations

Schools in Belleville, IL, Collinsville, IL, Dupo, IL, East St. Louis, IL, Edwardsville, IL, Waterloo, IL, Granite City, IL, Mascoutah, IL, Millstadt, IL, Nashville, IL, O’Fallon, IL, Red Bud, IL, Smithton, IL, Breese, IL, and Troy, IL are closed because of the ice storm projected to hit southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. Schools are expected to be closed in St. Clair County, Madison County, Monroe County, Clinton County, and Randolph County.

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Belleville District 201 vows to increase number of minorities in honors classes

A parent in Belleville School District 201 in Belleville, IL in St. Clair County in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, told the school board her son is the only black male in most of his honors classes at Belleville West High School. Principal Rich Mertens said school leaders are aware and are working to increase the diversity in AP classes by actively recruiting minority students.

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Big-city student from Istanbul finds new home at Edwardsville school

Southern Illinois senior Neslisah Bayraktar is from Turkey, where waves of refugees from Syria and the Black Sea region are needing help. Neslisah would like to stay in the United States after graduation, even though she thinks she is more likely to get a good job in her homeland. She is a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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14 college students get $10,500 in scholarships

Fourteen college students in Southern Illinois will share $10,500 in scholarship money from Madison County Community Development. The 2016 Community Service Block Grant Scholarship Committee selected students from Lewis and Clark Community in Godfrey, IL, Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL, and Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL.

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Dupo community raises money to help struggling public library

The Dupo Federation of Teachers, the union representing teachers and support staff at Bluffview Elementary and Dupo Junior High School and Dupo Senior High School, in Dupo, Illinois, worked with students, parents and the community to raise money for the Daugherty Public Library in southern Illinois. The library was struggling because of budget cuts and vandalism.

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SWIC wants to teach you computer skills for free

Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Illinois, East St. Louis, Illinois and Granite City, Illinois, is offering free computer classes to qualifying individuals through its Adult Education department. The classes are for individuals who have little to no computer experience and do not have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate. SWIC is also offering free high school equivalency classes.

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While students performed, their audiences helped charities

Schools in Edwardsville School District 7 in Edwardsville, Illinois, including Edwardsville High School, Liberty Middle School and Lincoln Middle School, all asked for donations for charity at their annual holiday concerts. They collected money, toys and food for the nonprofit agencies Main Street Community Center, which helps seniors, and Glen-Ed Food Pantry, which helps low-income families.

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8-year-olds didn’t want gifts for their birthdays. They wanted to give back.

Two second-grade students from Zion Lutheran School in Belleville, IL, collected money for the families of fallen police officers and firefighters for their eighth birthday instead of gifts. They visited the Swansea Police Department in Swansea, IL, to hand over a $650 check to The BackStoppers, Inc. organization that serves southern Illinois in the St. Louis, MO, region.

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O’Fallon High senior wants to stop domestic violence, elder abuse

Saran Khalid of O’Fallon, Illinois, hopes to spread awareness about elder abuse, domestic violence and dating violence through community presentations she is doing as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award project. She spoke last month at The Colonnade Senior Living in O’Fallon. She will do a presentation on domestic violence at the O’Fallon Library on Jan. 7.

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SIUE students protest on Inauguration Day

Students at SIUE held a rally on Inauguration Day and smashed ceramic figures in protest of racism, sexism, homophobia and President Trump's policies.
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SIUE students protest on Inauguration Day 2:57

SIUE students protest on Inauguration Day

Students wish school leaders a happy 'Honky Tonk Christmas' 3:20

Students wish school leaders a happy 'Honky Tonk Christmas'

SIUE student protest rally for unity 5:07

SIUE student protest rally for unity

Maryville Elementary honors slain police officer with ceremony 1:25

Maryville Elementary honors slain police officer with ceremony