Julie Wurth

Julie Wurth

State's $41.5 billion 'Rebuild Illinois' proposal funds UI, DACC projects

SPRINGFIELD — The massive "Rebuild Illinois" capital plan released Friday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker includes funding for several high-profile projects at the University of Illinois, including the renovation of historic Altgeld Hall.

UI lecturer takes concerns about sexual-harassment cases to trustees

SPRINGFIELD — An outspoken University of Illinois lecturer called on UI officials Thursday to be more transparent about employee sexual harassment and other misconduct and allow outside police agencies to investigate those cases.

UI trustees set to vote on naming another engineering building after donor

SPRINGFIELD — A noted University of Illinois engineering alumnus who funded a major addition to the aging Mechanical Engineering Building has expanded his gift and will now see that building carry his name.

Illinois Innovation Network now includes all public state universities

SPRINGFIELD — A statewide "innovation network" led by the University of Illinois now encompasses all public universities in Illinois.

The Illinois Innovation Network, an effort to bolster the Illinois economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development, announced nine new "hubs" across the state on Wednesday, bringing the total to 15.

UI installing pioneering geothermal system at new Hydrosystems Lab

URBANA — In an ongoing effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, the University of Illinois is installing a novel geothermal heating and cooling system within the foundation of a building addition going up on its engineering campus.

Former UI chancellor's 'profound impact' on both Campustown, campus being honored

CHAMPAIGN — It's a long trip from a scenic and remote corner of northwest Wyoming to central Illinois, but it's one Michael Aiken knows well.

The former UI chancellor, now 87 and living near Yellowstone National Park, has a daughter who still lives here, and he and his wife, Catherine Comet, make the trek to Champaign-Urbana a couple times a year.

UI professor admits sharing photos, denies 'sexual favors' allegations

CHAMPAIGN — Saying he wants to "set the record straight," a University of Illinois economics professor is responding in detail for the first time to sexual-harassment allegations raised publicly online.

New UI panel to focus on making it easier for veterans to transfer credits

URBANA — A new University of Illinois committee will examine ways to make it easier for veterans to transfer academic credits to the UI and get credit for real-world experience in the military.

State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur, said they have been working on the issue for several years, to improve access for veterans.

UI prof's accuser, roommate accused of holding ex at knifepoint, deleting files

URBANA — Two University of Illinois students have been criminally charged for allegedly threatening a man with a knife so they could delete information from his computer.

Price tag for UI's new soccer/track complex jumps 50% to $20 million

CHAMPAIGN — The price tag for a new track and soccer complex at the University of Illinois has jumped by 50 percent, to more than $20 million.

UI officials say competition for Champaign-Urbana construction companies and rising prices for steel and aluminum are two factors in the cost increase for the Demirjian Park Project along St. Mary's Road in Champaign.