When University of Illinois Professor Anhai Doan went shopping for a house recently, he couldn't get what he wanted.
Oh, he found a house all right, by driving around neighborhoods and scoping out for-sale signs, among other low-tech means.
CHAMPAIGN – As an Army interrogator in the Vietnam War, Mike Jones was well-versed in the Geneva Convention. But he's not so sure his superiors really cared whether he followed it.
"The Army wanted information. They didn't want to know how I was getting it," Jones told an intimate group at the University of Illinois Law School on Friday morning.
CHAMPAIGN – More out-of-state students and more international students will strengthen the University of Illinois and help spread the word about its quality, said UI President B. Joseph White.
He spoke and answered questions at noon Tuesday at the University YMCA, for its Know Your University lecture series.
URBANA – With cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad sparking violence overseas, members of the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center Sunday invited community members to get to know them better.
"We decided to hold an open house soon after the publication of the Danish cartoons, the offensive misrepresentations of Muhammad," said Irfan Ahmad, outreach coordinator for the center. "We want to show people there are ways to address these issues peacefully and intellectually. The violence is being caused by less than 1 percent of Islam."
TUSCOLA – North Ward Elementary School in Tuscola is one of only 16 schools in the state to be nominated by the Illinois State Board of Education for the National No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon school program.
North Ward's students scored in the top 10 percent on state tests in reading and math.
Put a cutting board or something else flat in the bottom of your kitchen sink and turn on the faucet.
You should see a thin film of water in the rough circle that makes up the middle, a band of roiling, albeit miniature, rapids after that and finally a stretch where the puddle you've made flattens and flows with more or less even regularity.
CHAMPAIGN – Daily Illini Publisher Mary Cory, in a letter to DI alumni, excoriated the actions of the paper's editor-in-chief in deciding to publish anti-Muslim cartoons.
Now a lawyer representing the editor, Acton Gorton, says Cory and the Illini Media Company, which owns the paper, defamed Gorton.
CHAMPAIGN – For a dramatic and entertaining look at courtroom activity, watch "Law & Order."
For a realistic view of how the judicial system works, watch "Illinois Law."
University of Illinois officials and the Illinois Board of Higher Education praised Gov. Rod Blagojevich's budget on Wednesday and planned to praise it again at a House committee hearing this morning, but state lawmakers were somewhat less enthusiastic.
The state universities struck a deal with the governor's office in which he offered a 1.4 percent increase in state support and they agreed to endorse his controversial proposals to borrow $3.2 billion for construction projects and sell off at least part of the state's student loan portfolio.
The state's public universities would finally get an increase in state funding in the budget Gov. Rod Blagojevich unveiled today, including a much-needed boost for the University of Illinois.
Administration spokeswoman Becky Carroll confirmed on Tuesday that the governor's budget would contain a $40 million increase for higher education, enough to increase need-based Monetary Award Program grants by nearly $8 million and provide almost 1.5 percent more to universities than they got this year.