Julie Wurth

Julie Wurth

UI's enrollment influx has tuition, fee income up 4.6% over last year

URBANA — All those new students at the University of Illinois this fall are bringing in another $62.6 million in tuition and fee income, up 5 percent over last year.

Even with a fourth consecutive tuition freeze for in-state students, the UI will see significant income growth because of a 2.7 percent enrollment increase across its three campuses, to nearly 85,597 students, a new high.

UI professor earns $250,000 Heinz Family Foundation grant

URBANA — A University of Illinois professor who studies the impact of green space on health, crime and aggression in urban settings has won a $250,000 unrestricted grant from the Heinz Family Foundation.

Ming Kuo, an environmental psychologist, was honored in the "environment" category in the 23rd annual awards named for the late U.S. Sen. John Heinz.

N-G Exclusive | Amazon commits $1 million for academic 'redshirt' program

URBANA — Amazon is committing $1 million over five years to support an academic "redshirt" program for University of Illinois students in science and engineering.

Total cost for Obama's visit to UI: $53,200

Last week's appearance by former President BARACK OBAMA at the University of Illinois cost about $53,200, some of it covered by the 44th president himself. Much of it was internal, transferred from one department to another, paid by the UI President's office and the Institute for Government and Public Affairs.

UI's record-breaking freshman class: Most in-state residents in 10 years

CHAMPAIGN — Freshman enrollment at the University of Illinois’ flagship campus hit another record this fall, including a 10-year high for Illinois residents, pushing overall enrollment close to 50,000.

UI returns to top 50 in magazine's annual college rankings

URBANA — The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is back in the top 50 in the annual U.S. News & World Report college rankings, reversing a two-year slide.

The latest rankings, published Monday, have the UI's flagship campus at No. 46 among national universities, up from 52 in last year and third-highest of the 14 Big Ten schools.

Surprise visit has patrons at Urbana's Caffe Paradiso in, well, paradise

URBANA — Dana Yun's most famous customer ordered black tea and, upon her recommendation, the homemade tiramisu — then realized he didn't have any cash.

"Somebody have my wallet?" former President Barack Obama asked his staff during his surprise visit Friday to Caffe Paradiso in Urbana.

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Obama: Reject 'politics of fear,' find common ground — and vote

URBANA — Warning of dire threats to democracy from the “politics of fear,” former President Barack Obama on Friday urged Americans to reject apathy and vote in November.