Friday's News-Gazette: Larger UI budget, South First Street work, football column

In Friday's newspaper, we'll have stories about a larger UI budget, work on South Fourth Street and a proclamation by sports columnist Loren Tate.

Thanks to a small boost in income from tuition and grants, the University of Illinois’ operating budget this year is slightly larger, with more money being directed toward financial aid, particularly on the Urbana campus. Christine des Garennes reports that university trustees are expected to review the fiscal year 2013 budget as they meet Friday on the Urbana campus. She also attended a couple of committee meetings on Thursday.

For 12 hours on Thursday, workers poured, smoothed and worked the concrete on a 4,100-foot segment of South Fourth Street south of St. Mary's Road.  Officials hope the street will spur the continued development of the University of Illinois Research Park. Photographer Robert K. O'Daniell has photos.

And in Sports, columnist Loren Tate proclaims that Illinois, after careful consideration, shall play no more nonconference football games away from Memorial Stadium. Why? Since his arrival at The News-Gazette in 1966, Illinois has played 52 non-Big Ten road games, and won 11. That’s 27 percent.

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