(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Supreme Court is hitting the road. In a press release late last week, the court says the justices will meet at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on March 15 to hear two cases. The practice of the “riding circuit” is to hold hearings around the state which was something that was done as a matter of course in the earliest days of the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, a U of I graduate, says that it’s done today as a way to let more Illinois residents see how the court works and to “demystify” a process that many people do not know much about. Various students and teachers from many downstate and regional schools have been invited to attend the Illinois Supreme Court arguments on that Thursday.
(AURORA) Illinois officials and the Illinois Math and Science Academy last week launched the Illinois Bicentennial STEM Fusion campaign, a three year program to be offered to students at 25 elementary and middle schools in underserved communities across Illinois. The highly renowned IMSA Fusion program presents a unique curriculum for middle school teachers to inspire 4th through 8th graders to study math & science, and to pursue careers in technology, medicine, education, and business. A STEM Fusion school committee will award the program to 25 schools, each receiving a three year teacher training program.
(NORMAL) Illinois State University officials are looking for ways to expand the work of a special lab involved in water-quality research that has analyzed nearly 7,000 water samples since opening last year. In fact, one of the projects for the Laboratory for Environmental Analysis is to monitor water quality at Lake Bloomington and Evergreen Lake, two Bloomington reservoirs affected by agricultural runoff. The lab officials are seeking a grant to expand the types of analysis they can do to include testing for dissolved organic carbon and suspended organic carbon which could lead to further improvements in water quality.