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Here's a review recently published on H-War of Thomas Bahde's The Life and Death of Gus Reed: A Story of Race and Justice in Illinois during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
I hope someone with first hand or even second hand knowledge chimes in. I only know what is reported regarding higher ed funding in Illinois. Here goes:
Illinois does not have a budget for the current fiscal year and we are currently eight months into FY2016. State universities have received no money from the state in that time. There has been a lot of pressure to get something done lately, see:
The latest with the Illinois State Museum is indeed grim. There is some hope of reopening with the new budget entirely dependent upon ticket sales (the ISM has never before charged admission). Although most of the staff is unionized and still employed (behind locked doors) because of ongoing litigation, many key curators, scientists, and administrators have retired or were not protected and are gone. Here is some further information about the Illinois State Museum:
I saw this same article circulating on Twitter as well. It reminded me that the Illinois State Museum was having troubles a couple months ago, too. I hunted around and found an update in which it looks like things have gotten worse. I'm sure that situation was pretty political to start with, but the latest news from a month seems especially bad.
The New York Metro American Studies Association is delighted to announce its first Salon Talk for Spring 2016
Thursday, February 11th
Timothy Stewart-Winter (Rutgers-Newark), Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press).
18th Annual Conference on Illinois History
October 6 & 7, 2016
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield
"I've Been to Dwight"
Transnational Perspectives on Addiction, Temperance and Treatment in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Dwight, Illinois; 14-17 July, 2016