Julie Wurth

Julie Wurth

Emails: Professor's absence created stir at UI

CHAMPAIGN — When economics Professor Joe Petry abruptly stopped teaching in early February, his students at the University of Illinois were told that he was tending to a family emergency.

That explanation stood even as the university was investigating Petry for misconduct and making arrangements for him to resign later this spring, documents show.

UI professor under investigation says he'll leave job at end of May

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois Professor Joe Petry, who was put on leave while the UI investigated "accusations regarding his conduct," announced Friday evening he is stepping down from his job at the end of May.

Housing middleman's default on leases leaves many UI students in lurch

A California company that rents out apartments to international students on behalf of two Champaign-Urbana apartment companies has defaulted on its payments, leaving owners and dozens of University of Illinois students in financial limbo, officials say.

UI chancellor says he's satisfied with results of Underwood investigation

URBANA — Chancellor Robert Jones is expressing public confidence in the investigation that cleared Illini basketball Coach Brad Underwood of allegations involving abusive treatment of players and says he saw no need for any outside review.

UI's Urbana campus senate gives Discovery Partners Institute its blessing

URBANA — When grand plans for a new Chicago-based Discovery Partners Institute were announced in October 2017, it caught many University of Illinois faculty members off guard.

For UI College of Business, tying Gies name to itself 'many gifts in one'

The $150 million gift from Larry and Beth Gies to the University of Illinois College of Business had its roots in a dinner conversation.

UI alum Larry Gies has always been the man with a plan

CHAMPAIGN — After years of zealously guarding his online profile, Larry Gies is getting used to seeing his name in lights — or at least on billboards.

Like when he steps off a 7 a.m. train in Chicago and sees 15-foot letters spelling out "Gies College of Business" on a University of Illinois ad.

UPDATED: UI prof on leave over 'accusations regarding his conduct'

CHAMPAIGN — A UI economics professor and one-time Champaign mayoral candidate has been placed on administrative leave while the university investigates “accusations regarding his conduct,” a campus official told News-Gazette Media.

UI chancellor, chemistry prof inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones is among more than 200 new inductees to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, honored for excelling in academia, business, government and public affairs.

UI chemistry Professor Catherine Murphy, associate director of the Materials Research Lab, was also named to the academy's 239th class.

UI student dies after falling off roof while visiting friend in Campustown

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois student died over the weekend after falling off the roof of a home in Campustown.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Destyni Thomas, 21, of Urbana was visiting a friend in the 0-100 block of John Street in Champaign when the incident occurred early Saturday morning.