2017-18 Scholarships still available for minority students pursuing Education degrees

Scholarships close February 15, 2018 information provided by Illinois Student Assistance Commission Illinois minority college students who are pursuing a degree in teaching and who are eligible for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program can still get funding for the current 2017-18 school year if they submit their applications to the Illinois Student … Read more

Illiana bridge-building team competes in IIT competition

by Dominic Turkstra, Illiana journalism student LANSING, Ill. (February 2, 2018) – On January 23, Illiana’s bridge-building team competed in the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) regional competition. Juniors Sam Boonstra and Elizabeth DeYoung captured seventh- and eighth-place finishes. Mr. Arie Van Ek coached the team, which included seniors Derek VanProoyen and Gracie Bultema and … Read more

Rauner announces new initiatives for dealing with property tax corruption

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January 31 State of the State address promises a “push back” against assault on middle class information provided by the Office of the Governor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 1, 2018) – “Our property tax system is a vicious form of oppression,” said Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in his State of the State address on Wednesday. “It … Read more

Illiana photography students create ‘faceless portraits’

Faceless portrait

by Haleigh Olthof, Illiana journalism student LANSING, Ill. (January 2018) – At the end of the portrait unit during each semester of Ms. Deb Kamp’s photography class, students complete a “faceless portrait” assignment. This year, Christian Schools International (CSI) posted an article and a gallery of these portraits on its website. A CSI representative discovered … Read more

Illiana’s first male cheerleader defies boundaries, gravity


Teammates welcome Christopher Bass to “the cheer family” by Beth Boonstra, Illiana journalism student LANSING, Ill. (January 2018) – Illiana’s newest up-and-coming cheerleader is a flexible jumper, a quick learner, and a trailblazer—Illiana’s first and only male cheerleader. Junior Christopher Bass may not wear a bow and glitter, but he cheers just as fiercely as … Read more

Invest in Kids compromise means more schools, students to participate

General Assembly should swiftly move cleanup information provided by the Office of the Governor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 26, 2018) — A compromise negotiated this week has paved the way for more Illinois schools to participate in the Invest in Kids scholarship tax-credit program, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced today. The move leaves the General Assembly … Read more

IDOT and Illinois State Police encourage sober driving during Super Bowl weekend

Expect increased safety patrols, seatbelt enforcement zones, and roadside safety checks information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 1, 2018) – As America’s football fans gear up for one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are taking a timeout … Read more

Illiana anticipates celebrating Black History Month

by the Editorial staff of Illiana’s student newspaper, the Echo LANSING, Ill. (January 26, 2018) – Many people probably saw the words “Black History Month” in this headline and squirmed because of controversies in Illiana’s past. But this year, instead of punitive “cannots”, the school is promoting what we “can.” Illiana has been proactive in … Read more