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URBANA – Jurors decided Wednesday that 80 acres south of Urbana will cost the University of Illinois $8,800 an acre, or total of $704,000, in an eminent domain hearing.
That's higher than two appraisers for the university valued the land. They said its best use is farming, so it was worth $5,000 an acre.
The Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council recently recommended that two Champaign buildings around the corner from one another be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Beta Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Phi sorority, 508 E. Armory Ave., and The Georgian apartment building, 1005 S. Sixth St., both in the heart of the University of Illinois campus, were on a list of Illinois sites the council selected.
URBANA – To hear the landowners' attorney tell it, the farmland south of Urbana is destined for development, worth easily $10,000 an acre.
The attorney for the University of Illinois, which is taking the land, contends that its best use is farming, so it's worth less than half of that.
CHAMPAIGN – Leslie Cooperband, a Boston native who holds a Ph.D. in soil science, had a secret passion.
And it didn't have anything to do with soil.
When University of Illinois researchers had people talk on a cellphone while doing computer tasks designed to simulate driving, they found that hands-free phones were just as distracting as the handheld version.
Now, they've repeated the experiment – and the results – in an actual car.
RANTOUL – State and University of Illinois officials say a new transportation research center will save lives and taxpayers' money by applying technology to build safer, more durable roads, bridges and other transportation facilities.
Sensor technology to monitor the condition of roads and bridges, and to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion and fuel consumption, is one of the things planned for development at the new Illinois Center for Transportation.
URBANA – The University of Illinois will likely appeal a new NCAA policy curtailing postseason competition by schools using American Indian imagery, though no final decision has been made, a top UI official says.
The board of trustees will make that decision, in consultation with top school administrators, board Chairman Lawrence Eppley said Thursday.
URBANA – Ideally, the University of Illinois would like $84 million more from the state next year to meet what it describes as its most dire educational needs.
Realistically, UI officials know they'll have to find some of that money internally.
URBANA – The director of the American Indian studies program at the University of Illinois chided UI trustees today for failing to make progress toward retiring Chief Illiniwek.
Wanda Pillow, who first addressed the board a year ago, said board resolutions promised to consult with American Indians on the issue, but none of the trustees has contacted her program or the Native American House for input.
CHAMPAIGN – For Urbana native Amanda Wingfield, the choice of a law school came down to two cities: Denver or New Orleans.
She had family in Denver and enjoyed skiing. But she fell in love with the people and culture in New Orleans and enrolled at Loyola University College of Law two years ago.