All University of Illinois Content

All University of Illinois Content

UI uses hundreds of cameras to investigate crime; more on the way

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.

UI department head already has big plans — and much centers on new works

URBANA — If you're a fan of new plays, you're in luck. So is Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, the new head of the University of Illinois Department of Theatre.

Union, UI to meet next week

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.

UI farmland research center launches

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.

UI student vote favors Chief Illiniwek

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.

UI law school drops 12 spots in U.S. News rankings

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.

Senate won't consider honorary degrees in closed session

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.

No talks scheduled in campus strike

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.

Updated: About 800 UI workers on strike

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.

Campus constitutional fight holds up Chief vote results

URBANA — The decision to temporarily withhold the results of this week's referendum on Chief Illiniwek was prompted by two students involved in a campus constitutional fight over the Chief, student leaders said Friday.