By Samantha Kiesel
Chip McNeill walks down the hall in his black sneakers as jazz music floods the basement of Smith Hall. He waves with his left hand to a couple of students and clutches a soprano saxophone in his right.
URBANA — Be sure to smile the next time you walk through the University of Illinois campus.
There's a good chance you are being watched on a UI police camera.
UI police have increased the number of surveillance cameras monitoring activity in the campus area from 13 in 2008 to 900 today, and the police department plans on adding another 200 cameras before the end of 2013.
CHAMPAIGN — Following a three-day strike, members of a campus labor union are expected to meet with University of Illinois officials early next week to resume negotiations.
URBANA — The need for more information on farmland economics drove financial services firm TIAA-CREF to help fund a new research center at the University of Illinois, a company spokeswoman said.
The TIAA-CREF Center for Farmland Research was formally launched Wednesday at the UI, thanks to a pledge that reportedly totaled $5 million.
CHAMPAIGN — By a nearly 4-to-1 margin, University of Illinois students supported Chief Illiniwek in a recent referendum.
The release of the results was prompted by a student judicial group that reviewed the "constitutionality" of the University of Illinois Student Senate's actions surrounding Chief Illiniwek. That decision is expected within a month.
URBANA — A governance group at the University of Illinois that for decades has discussed the awarding of honorary degrees behind closed doors will no longer hold those meetings in private.
CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois College of Law dropped another 12 points in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, falling to No. 47 in the country.
Once a top-20 program, the law school slid from 23rd to 35th last year following disclosures that an assistant dean had fudged several years' worth of admissions data — a key factor in law school rankings.
CHAMPAIGN — As the campus labor union strike moved toward its second day, managers at the University of Illinois have turned to non-union, extra-help employees to serve students hot meals, while members of other unions on campus, as a sign of support, have refused to cross picket lines.
Update at 8:49 a.m. Monday
URBANA — Members of the SEIU Local 73 at the University of Illinois are on strike Monday after they rejected the school’s latest contract offer on Sunday afternoon.
URBANA — With the threat of a strike looming, members of SEIU Local 73 are voting on a contract this weekend, with the results to be announced Sunday afternoon.