Eastern Illinois University says its enrollment this spring is up 5 percent compared with last year. The university says total enrollment is 7,016, up from 6,673 in the spring of 2017. University administrators say the increase is a result of a multi-year plan designed to counteract challenges such as the year’s long state budget impasse. Colleges and universities were hit hard by the stalemate. EIU had to lay off 400 staff members, and enrollment fell. Last fall the Charleston University reported enrollment of 7,030 students, down from 7,415 students in 2016. Josh Norman is EIU’s associate vice president for enrollment management. He says EIU has improved outreach and marketing and added programs. The bulk of this spring’s increase is undergraduate transfer students, which climbed from 260 last year to 1,335.
A teen is arrested after deputies say he stole a vehicle and led them on a High speed chase in southern Illinois. 18-year-old Elijah Fulton is charged with aggravated fleeing to elude, aggravated vehicle theft, and unlawful possession of a stolen firearm. Dispatch received a report of a stolen vehicle from Mitchellsville and was last seen heading north on Illinois Highway 145. Saline County deputies spotted the vehicle on Walnut Grove Road off of Illinois Highway 145, and said the driver sped off towards Carrier Mills. The pursuit ended when Fulton got out of the vehicle near a home on Town Park Road and was arrested. This incident is still under investigation.
Carmi City Police report the arrest Thursday of 38-year-old Jason L. Digby of Carmi on charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and two White County warrants. The assault charge resulted from a confrontation Digby allegedly had with arresting officers. He has been jailed pending the setting of bond. Mary A. Bennington-Wease, 35 of Carmi has been cited by Carmi City Police for driving on a suspended Indiana license, squealing her tires, improper lane usage and having no insurance. Bond was $150 cash. And – Jason M. Farris, 21 of Carmi has been arrested on charges of criminal damage to government supported property, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. Farris was jailed pending the setting of bond by a judge.