CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois has backed off its plan for acquiring and demolishing a historic apartment building, the Georgian, through eminent domain.
Supporters of the Georgian were taking down yellow protest banners from the building at 1005 S. Sixth St. this morning, said the building's lawyer, Champaign attorney Marc Miller.
URBANA – The family of a University of Illinois student who died after being struck by a bus has sued the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.
Jeffry Kroll, a partner of a Chicago-based personal injury law firm, Clifford Law Offices, filed suit in Champaign County Circuit Court on behalf of the family of Sarah Channick.
Candace Montgomery is a University of Illinois graduate student. She's not from Champaign County, but she wants to make the place her permanent home after graduation.
"I'm black, and I'm young, and I'm planning to stay around here," Montgomery said.
Todd Black, a Champaign attorney who was on the University of Illinois tennis team in the late 1970s and early 1980s, plays at the UI's Atkins Tennis Center at least once a week. He's also a frequent spectator.
"Indoors, if you are there for any of the big meets, you may go three to four (people) deep in the upstairs level," he said. "You're standing, and if you're in the back row of people standing ... you don't have a real clear view.
URBANA – University of Illinois officials have worried for years about losing their best faculty to other schools that could pay more.
But this time, the UI has lured two rising stars in chemistry to the Midwest. John Hartwig is currently at Yale University and Anne Baranger is at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. The two are married.
URBANA – The city of Urbana is backing the decision of the Champaign City Council this month to retain a 25 mph speed limit in the University District and will not lower the speed limit to 20 mph in campus areas of Urbana.
Urbana Public Works Director Bill Gray said the city had been planning to bring the proposed 20 mph speed limit to the Urbana City Council for consideration Monday in committee.
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INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has denied the University of Illinois' appeal regarding its use of Chief Illiniwek, but it said the nicknames "Illini" and "Fighting Illini" are acceptable.
The UI filed an appeal last month of the NCAA's policy restricting postseason competition for schools using American Indian imagery.
CHAMPAIGN – Nearly 90 families will have a traditional, stomach-stuffing Thanksgiving this year, thanks to a turkey drive led by the Black Greek Council of the University of Illinois.
Held at the Douglass Community Center on Friday, families and individuals picked up enough turkey, cranberry sauce, veggies, cornbread and cake mix to feed a family of eight.
SPRINGFIELD – University of Illinois police need to get tougher with drivers, not just pedestrians, who violate traffic laws, and UI officials should pressure the cities and the MTD to make changes to improve traffic safety on campus, said UI Trustee Niranjan Shah.
The UI Board of Trustees at their Thursday meeting in Springfield got an update on actions taken to improve safety after UI freshman Sarah Channick was hit by an MTD bus and killed Sept. 29 while crossing the street at Sixth and Chalmers.