The Powers at Be: December 2014

EAST PEORIA — In what turned out to be a pleasantly brief December meeting, the Illinois Central College Board of Trustees rapped up the calendar year by recapping recent enrollment research, pleasing the carpenters union and gaining a few hundred thousand dollars for debt reduction. The meeting began with the board approving ICC’s new four-year contract… Read More »

At its June 21 meeting, the ICC board of trustees approved an initial FY15 budget, but a revised one was needed in August after a drop in state funding.

ICC Responds to Budget Cuts Without Cutting out Students

EAST PEORIA — The state of Illinois has cut $1 million from the Illinois Central College budget. In response, the college has had to find ways to compensate. “The discussion about the budget had been about being a balanced budget,” said Bruce Budde, executive vice president of administration and finance. “We were able to balance… Read More »


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Billy Cook demonstrating witching for water.

Cooking With Chemistry

EAST PEORIA — Memorable. That is definitely a word to describe the classroom experience created by professor Billy Cook for the thousands of students that have come through his doors over the years. And before officially retiring on July 31, Cook had some 10,000 students under his tutelage over the course of 100 fall, spring… Read More »

Adam Bollinger and Nathaniel Riehl 

National Codes

EAST PEORIA ­— Illinois Central College doesn’t anticipate quiet summers. Facility renovation, athletics, and the multitude of summer courses are few of many things going on in the interim of the spring and fall semesters. One summertime success for ICC was earned by student work in the SkillsUSA group. Students Nathaniel Riehl, 27, and Adam… Read More »


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ICC to Host Holiday Hoops Tournament

EAST PEORIA — ICC is once again hosting what Coach Karrie Redeker calls one of the NJCAA’s most prestigious holiday tournaments for women’s basketball. The eight-team Stoney Creek Inn Cougar Holiday Tournament runs from December 28 to December 30 beginning with Arizona’s Pima Community College taking on Illinois’ South Suburban College. Tip time is 12:00… Read More »

Team captain Carson Gray drives in the second goal of the match to put the Cougars 2-0 in the second half. Carson was the only scoring player for either team. REID HARMAN | THE HARBINGER

Carson scores district championship for men’s soccer

EAST PEORIA — The Illinois Central College men’s soccer team has claimed the last title that stood between them and nationals. The match was against Metropolitan Community College – Blue River and the prize was the Central District championship. The first half saw #12 Carson Gray score one for ICC. The second half saw two… Read More »


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Commencement: Ending with a Hundred Smiles

EAST PEORIA — Today, hundreds of Illinois Central College students were formally recognized for completing their course of study at ICC. At this year’s commencement, speeches were given, students were awarded and everyone was encouraged to feel proud of what had been accomplished by these graduating individulas. This commencement ceremony took place between 9:30 a.m. and… Read More »

The Black Roses was one of the bands in ICC’s Got Talent!

ICC’s Got Talent! a Hit on Campus

EAST PEORIA — On Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, the ICC Campus Activities Board hosted its annual ICC’s Got Talent! show. Approaching the end of the semester, the show is part of the CAB’s De-Stress Week, where campus-wide activities and events hope to alleviate pressures that come with end-of- semester obligations. The free show took place on… Read More »


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From the Editor — September 2014

I want to welcome you to the updated print format for the Harbinger. After nearly five decades of printing as a newspaper, the Harbinger is boldly taking a new magazine-style form. The decision to make this change wasn’t made lightly, and the process to make it a reality wasn’t an easy one. What you are… Read More »

ICC student Nick Borton, enjoying a cigarette.

OPINION: Butting in on Potential Smoking Ban for ICC

As stated in “No Smoking on Campus, Period,” both the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives passed the Illinois General Assembly’s Smoke-Free Campus Act, which will make it illegal to smoke tobacco or any other carcinogenic products in any place on the Illinois Central College campus, and every other state-funded college or university campus. The… Read More »