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Many Illinois college students will soon be able to buy marijuana, but many campuses will remain drug-free.

Augustana College, Western Illinois University, and Carl Sandburg College will prohibit cannabis on school property. 

Doug Freed will lead Western Illinois University's efforts to attract more students. Freed is WIU's new Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Services.

Recent polls have shown a rising number of Americans think higher education is bad for the country. So on Wednesday, representatives from seven Quad Cities institutions announced a joint effort to change that.

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Black Hawk College's new leader is now on the job. Last month, the board of trustees hired Dr. John Erwin as interim president.

He'll serve in the position while the college looks for former President Bettie Truitt's permanent replacement.

At this point in the academic year, Erwin says Black Hawk's budget is balanced. But soon, he'll have to start working on next year's budget, and uncertainty about state funding will probably continue to be a problem.

Illinois colleges and universities, like Augustana College, have been reallocating funds to cover for missing state dollars.
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On Friday, Illinois lawmakers approved $600 million in short-term aid for state colleges and universities. Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to sign the measure, which includes nearly $170 million for Monetary Assistance Program grants to low-income students.

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Black Hawk College is planning to receive about 25 percent less in state aid next year. But without a budget in Illinois, college staff is struggling to plan a way to make up for the potential loss. 

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Next fall, Loras College students who have autism can get support designed specifically for them. The Lynch Learning Center on campus in Dubuque helps students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder.

Umbrellas dotted the crowd as much as the mortar boards during Knox College's 170th Commencement Ceremony on a recent rainy Sunday morning.

CBS News' "60 Minutes" Correspondent Bill Whitaker told the 300 graduates during his commencement speech that the rain was a sign of good luck.

Western Illinois University's Center for Performing Arts might have to do without some amenities as the school aims to reduce the cost of the project.  The single construction bid that came in this spring was over budget. So the state ordered Western to scale back the building plans by about $6 million, which is about 10% of the total cost.  

The cost of attending Knox College will increase next school year.