Daily dose: Searching for a UI football coach, recycled bag bill, Illinois college students head elsewhere

Daily dose: Searching for a UI football coach, recycled bag bill, Illinois college students head elsewhere

Local history

In 1912, new candidates for head coach of the University of Illinois football team have been placed in the field and it’s probable the ticket will be full before the athletic department makes its final choice. New men mentioned for the job include Wallie Steffens, “Prep” White and C.J. Rothgeb. Steffens was Stagg’s right-hand man at Chicago this year. Rothgeb has had good success at Colorado College for years. The new coach will replace Arthur Hall, who was coach in 1904 and again from 1907 to 1912. Hall had an overall record of 36-12-4.

(The UI eventually hired the legendary Bob Zuppke, who began his career at Illinois in 1913, and stayed until 1941).

In 1962, a 3 percent tax on utilities was enacted Thursday night by the Rantoul Village Board without discussion by board members or questions from citizens. Mayor Ellis Zook said he expects the tax will produce about $50,000 a year for the city. The tax, effective Jan. 1, will apply to all electricity, gas and water sold in Rantoul, plus all telephone and telegraph service.

Recycling bag bill falls short in override attempt

From the Daily Herald ...

SPRINGFIELD — A statewide plastic shopping bag recycling program developed in Lake County was rejected by state lawmakers Thursday when they declined to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of the plan.

The proposal would have required manufacturers of plastic bags and films to recycle more material, but opponents decried the legislation because it wouldn’t let local communities come up with their own recycling programs or even ban the bags outright.


More Illinois college students going out of state

From the Chicago Tribune ...

Illinois students now make up more than 20 percent of the Missouri school's freshman class — up from 6 percent in 2000 — just one sign of the growing number of students crossing the border for college, attracted in large part by competitive pricing in nearby states.

The Tribune analyzed U.S. Department of Education data to determine where Illinois' high school graduates are going to college, and how that has changed over time. The newspaper found that for the fall 2010 semester, nearly one-quarter of all first-time students left the state — up from 17 percent a decade earlier.

The approximately 30,000 freshmen who left fanned out across the country, but they were concentrated most heavily at schools in neighboring states. Half ended up in Iowa, Indiana, Missouri or Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Illinois imported about 17,000 students from elsewhere in the United States.

Illinois policymakers should pay attention — and work to keep the brightest students from leaving, said Diane Dean, an Illinois State University education professor who studies college student migration.

"Other schools cherry-pick — and they are recruiting them with money," Dean said. "These aren't just any students who are leaving; these are the highly talented students. We are not talking about 20 people who went to the University of Denver because they loved skiing."






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