Friday AM News: Alumni group targeted, Loan probe expands, Vallas' next stop, U of C arts center

Alumni groups targeted for ties to loan firm Tribune
The University of Illinois Alumni Association advertises many benefits to its members: an alumni directory, exotic trips, discounts for test-preparation courses.

Student loan probe targets 3 Illinois alumni groups Sun Times
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has broadened his student loan investigation to alumni associations nationwide, including three in Illinois, that steer students to consolidation companies. They include alumni groups for the University of Illinois, Illinois State University and Northern Illinois University.

Vallas' next stop: New Orleans? Sun Times
Paul Vallas is expected to be tapped today to lead the hurricane-ravaged New Orleans school district -- his second school superintendent job since leaving the helm of the Chicago public schools in 2001, sources said.

Benefactors' name to go on U. of C. arts center Sun Times
The University of Chicago's new arts center will be named after a Near North Side couple who recently donated $35 million toward the project.

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