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Illinois colleges and universities might not be hosting in-person classes, but many school newspapers are still operating.

Bruce Sommer formally announces collaboration for downtown Springfield
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Two universities have formally announced a collaboration intended to bring a new higher education presence to downtown Springfield.

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Bringing a university presence to the downtown area has been under discussion for years.  But the latest concept dwarfs what has been on the drawing board previously. 

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Springfield’s City Council Tuesday made changes to a plan meant to develop the city-owned lot downtown known as the Y-Block. In addition to the empty lot, the proposal now includes development for any area downtown where the University of Illinois Springfield or Southern Illinois University want to establish a campus.