Wednesday's News-Gazette: declining higher ed support, big spending in congressional race, big gift for Parkland

In Wednesday's newspaper, we'll have stories about declining higher ed support, big spending in a local Congressional race and a big gift for Parkland.
Julie Wurth reports that Illinois has made another dubious top 10 list, ranking fourth nationally in a study that examined the steep decline in state support for America’s top public research universities.
A 20 percent drop in state funding for the nation’s 101 major public research universities over the last decade threatens their ability to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers and attract the best students and faculty, Tuesday’s report by the National Science Board said.
Longtime residents with ties to a local auto dealership have donated half a million dollars to Parkland College’s new center devoted to automotive training, one of the largest gifts the community college has ever received, Christine des Garennes reports.
And columnist Tom Kacich writes that so-called “independent” spending in the 13th Congressional District race — campaign spending that supposedly is not coordinated with any of the candidates’ own campaign — has already cleared the $1 million threshold — and there’s more than a month until Election Day.
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