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A child welfare expert at Illinois State University said she’s encouraged by the latest attempts to better fund and reform the state’s troubled Department of Children and Family Services.

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Illinois State University reports that three students have confirmed cases of mumps, meeting the state health department's definition of an outbreak.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports Thursday that the McLean County Health Department says it has been able to link the three cases by time and place. County health officials say it's an isolated outbreak.

Illinois State University is asking the public to weigh in on the institution's future.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports the school is asking for community input on the challenges ISU is facing and what the university should look like in 15 to 20 years. People are invited to complete a survey online by Feb. 24.

The university is updating its strategic plan. It's the fourth update since the plan was first approved in 2000.

It's a mixed bag of news about enrollment from state schools in Illinois this week.

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker says enrollment is down 5.5%, putting the school at 19,015 students university-wide. Baker tells the campus community that the largest decline is in the freshman class. Numbers from NIU show there are 457 fewer freshman compared to last year; that's a drop of 20.2%. Smaller declines took place among transfer and graduate students. 

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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against three retired central Illinois police officers by a man wrongfully convicted of a 1993 murder.

Douglas County Judge Richard Broch Jr. on Friday dismissed the lawsuit filed by Alan Beaman seeking $50,000 from retired Normal officers Tim Freesmeyer, Dave Warner and Frank Zayas and the city of Normal.

Beaman served 13 years in prison in the death of Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller before DNA evidence pointed to other suspects.

The Illinois Supreme Court vacated his conviction in 2009.