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The University of Illinois plans to offer new degrees that combine computer science with music or crop sciences.

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Graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are worried that the Republican tax reform plan could make their education more expensive.

Prosecutors: U of I Kidnapping Suspect Attended Victim's Vigil

Jul 6, 2017
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Prosecutors say the suspect in the kidnapping of a University of Illinois scholar from China attended a vigil for the victim a day before his arrest and spoke about how she resisted.

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The chair of a committee set up to deal with Unofficial Saint Patrick’s Day at the University of Illinois Urbana campus says he cannot be certain that the death of a student was definitely due to the unsanctioned event.

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University of Illinois employees will receive a 2 percent raise in March after the school had to put pay increases on hold for the last two years.

A school spokesman says the raises will take effect in February and the money will show up in March paychecks. University President Tim Killeen put general raises on hold for a second-straight year last summer due to the state budget impasse. But Killeen said he was optimistic the school could provide a mid-year raise by making cuts elsewhere.

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The University of Illinois has reverted back to an early-notification option for admissions after a two-year experiment with only one application deadline.  

Students who apply to the university by Nov. 1 will qualify for ``early action,'' in which applicants will know by Dec. 16 whether they're admitted, denied or deferred for consideration until Feb. 3.  

Those who apply to the university by Dec. 1 will find out their status Feb. 3, too.  

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University of Illinois officials are reporting new cases of hand, foot and mouth disease among students on the Urbana campus.  

Dr. Robert Palinkas said about 10 new cases bring the total to a little more than 70 since the beginning of the semester.  
 

He said campus housing units are focusing on sanitation and some affected students have been isolated.  

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University of Illinois trustees have approved a contract with football coach Lovie Smith that will pay him at least $21 million over six years.  

They approved initial terms for Smith after he was hired in March that were backloaded to pay him $10 million in salary over his final two years. The final contract now moves $2 million of that money to earlier years in his contract.  

University spokeswoman Robin Kaler declined to say what the buyout terms are if he Smith is fired because he and others still need to sign the contract.

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University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen will be paid a $100,000 performance bonus for his first year on the job. 

University trustees voted at their regular meeting  Thursday to award Killeen the bonus.  Under his contract, the bonus was the maximum Killeen could have received for reaching performance goals. His salary is $600,000 per year. 

Killeen leads the university system and its campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. He finished his first year on the job in May.

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University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen is proposing lawmakers adopt a five-year funding guarantee if the U of I agrees to maintain certain performance levels.

During the public radio program "The 21st", Killeen said some certainty has to be inserted into the higher ed funding process. He said the U of I should be rewarded for excelling in different areas.

U of Illinois Settles With Former Coaches

Apr 12, 2016
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The University of Illinois has reached a $375,000 settlement with seven former women’s basketball players, who say their coaches created a ‘racially hostile environment.’

The agreement also calls for a series of reforms in U of I athletics that both sides agree should keep the alleged behavior from occurring in the future.  The reforms include a code of conduct for how coaches to interact with players, the appointment of a compliance officer, and enhanced racial sensitivity training for athletic staff.

Education Focus Of Income Inequality Discussion

Feb 29, 2016
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Income inequality is affecting education in K-12 schools. Dr. Frank Beck, who is a Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University says students who worry about issues at home can lose focus in the classroom.

A large University of Illinois employee union has approved a three-year contract with the Urbana-Champaign campus.  Local 3700 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees OK'd the pact tentatively agreed to last month.  The deal affects about 1,000 clerical, child-care, library support staff and other university employees, along with about 300 in University of Illinois Extension offices across the state.

New Solar Farm Helping Power U of I Campus

Nov 19, 2015
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Drive down Windsor Avenue through the south end of the University of Illinois Urbana campus, and you can see the array of black objects on the south side of the road near the railroad tracks. Those are solar panels --- thousands of them. And while an official ribbon-cutting was held just Thursday morning Nov. 19, the panels are already generating electricity for the campus.

U Of I Trustees Approve $600,000 Settlement With Salaita

Nov 13, 2015
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The University of Illinois and professor Steven Salaita have reached a $600,000 settlement, but he will not be teaching at the U of I. Including legal fees, the total will be $875,000, according to his attorneys.  University trustees approved the settlement on an 9-1 vote at their meeting today in Chicago. 

In a press release, the U of I says Salaita will receive the lump sum payment, and the university has also agreed to pay his attorneys for any legal costs he has incurred.  The proposed agreement stipulates that it does not constitute an admission of wrongdoing by the U of I.

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2015 marks the 100th birthday of legendary filmmaker Orson Welles. In honor of that, the University of Illinois Press has released a third edition of "The Magic World of Orson Welles" by film scholar James Naremore.  Laura Kennedy has more with the author, who says despite the great accomplishment of Citizen Kane, Welles's film may be a victim of its own luminous reputation.

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The man credited as the "father of accessibility" at the University of Illinois has died. Tim Nugent passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 92. The news was confirmed by the U of I’s College of Applied Health Sciences and Savoy United Methodist Church.

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University of Illinois Interim Urbana Chancellor Barbara Wilson says the decision to fire athletic director Mike Thomas came after a law firm’s release of a final report into abuse allegations within the football and women’s basketball programs. But speaking in a morning news conference, Wilson says the dismissal is tied to ‘distractions' and not any misconduct or violations of policies or standards by the now-former Athletic Director.

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Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas as it prepares to release the final report from its investigation into mistreatment of football and women's basketball players. Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson says the report found no wrongdoing by Thomas. But she says ``a change in leadership was needed in order to move forward.''

Salaita’s Hope Of Teaching At U Of I Continues

Oct 15, 2015
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Steven Salaita was back on the U of I campus this week for the first time in a year. He’s teaching now at the American University of Beirut. But he says he’d rather be teaching at the University of Illinois.

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The Flash Index of the Illinois economy dropped half a point in September to 106.0. That’s the lowest level for the Index in 14 months.

University of Illinois economist Fred Giertz compiles the Flash Index from Illinois tax receipts. He says it’s too soon to know if the September drop is a one-time thing, or something worse.

A federal appellate panel has upheld a lower court ruling that the NCAA needs to provide full scholarships for student athletes, including meals and cellphone expenses.  But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel struck down another ruling requiring schools to pay athletes up to $5-thousand annually for the use of their name, likeness, or image.

University of Illinois Labor and Employment Relations Professor Michael LeRoy calls this part of the decision a ‘significant victory’ for the NCAA.

A subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co. is opening a facility in the research park at the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana campus. Indianapolis, Indiana-based Dow AgroSciences and the university have announced the Dow AgroSciences Innovation Center is joining the Dow Chemical Company Innovation Center, which opened in the school's research park in 2013. Dow Chemical is based in Midland, Michigan.  

Faculty members at the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana aren't happy with a policy instituting background checks that starts early next month. The Senate of the Urbana-Champaign Campus, a group of about 200 faculty members, will vote next week on a resolution that would delay that start date. The resolution says the policy doesn't meet American Association of University Professors standards and isn't mentioned in all job postings. The board of trustees approved the policy last week.