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State university officials were grilled by lawmakers Tuesday. At issue is a record of lucrative severance packages for outgoing administrators.

What's Up at WIU ?

Aug 23, 2019

On Midwest Week - a spring and summer of major changes at Western Illinois University, including top administrators and the board of trustees.


Western Illinois University is bringing new opportunities to the Quad Cities campus.  Today (Thu), officials announced new undergraduate and online programs. 

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Jack Thomas will continue as president of Western Illinois University for at least another year. Friday during a meeting in Macomb, the board of trustees extended his contract, with no change to his salary and benefits.

Long Range Plans for WIU

Feb 28, 2018

Despite the challenges of falling state support, Western Illinois University has ambitious plans for the future. On Tuesday, President Jack Thomas outlined his strategic plan during meetings in Macomb and the Quad Cities.


One of the many people pleased with Thursday's passage of a new state budget is Jack Thomas. The president of Western Illinois University has spent the last three years lobbying in Springfield for higher education funding, and figuring out ways to cut spending on the campuses in Macomb and the Quad Cities.

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Cutting spending, programs, and jobs - that's how Western Illinois University is trying to survive the two year state budget impasse.

WIU President: We're acting like a private university

Jun 15, 2017

The president of Western Illinois University says the state budget impasse has forced the school to act like a private university. 

The state of Illinois has gone 18 months without a budget.  And the stop gap spending plan is about to expire with no new deal in sight.

Three nearby colleges will hold commencement ceremonies this weekend. St. Ambrose University alumnus Jim Collins will speak on Saturday at 1 pm at the iWireless Center in Moline. Collins is a Trustee Emeritus of the SAU Board of Trustees and will be given an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Western Illinois University in Macomb will hold its graduate commencement on Friday and its undergraduate ceremony Saturday in Western Hall. The Quad Cities campus will hold its combined graduate and undergraduate commencement on Sunday at 1 pm at the iWireless Center. President Jack Thomas will speak.