Chicago-based UI Labs gaining backing

CHICAGO — City and state officials are endorsing the University of Illinois' plans for a multimillion-dollar research institute that backers say has the potential to drive economic growth in the region.

Illinois 81, Auburn 79 at the United Center

Illinois held on to defeat Auburn 81-79 at the United Center on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.

Officials estimate $45 million loss for UI if fiscal cliff deal isn't reached

URBANA — Scientists in the seven laboratories at the Institute for Genomic Biology are studying the essence of life.

From gene function to the classification of life forms to climate change, more than 140 professors from across campus collaborate on federally funded research worth more than $20 million.

Trustees OK higher spending for UI Hospital renovation

SPRINGFIELD — University of Illinois trustees approved a major increase in spending Thursday to renovate the 32-year-old University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago.

Field Museum exhibit displays the finer things in life for rulers in a bygone era

Two or three feet inside the Field Museum's newest exhibit, you're fully struck by the opulence of the maharaja era in India.

There's gold, sapphire and other precious gems on the chauri, not to mention yak's hair.

The purpose? Every Indian king had to have the nicest fly swatter in town. A similar object was also used in ceremonial readings in the Sikh religion.

UI will review central administration

URBANA — Sometimes, when he's asked to sign a form, University of Illinois President Robert Easter notices six other names on the signature line besides his own.

"When I see that, I wonder if we don't have too many layers reviewing things," Easter said recently.

Urbana wins soccer semifinal

Urbana defeated St. Viator in the IHSA class 2A semi final soccer match on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, qualifying it for the championship game on Saturday;

Second case of meningitis reported in Illinois

CHICAGO — A second probable case of fungal meningitis associated with the use of an injected steroid medication has been reported in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Flash index at highest point since February 2008

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash economic index took a big jump in October, reaching its highest point since February 2008.

The index — considered a barometer of the Illinois economy — increased to 104, up from 103.2 in September.

Chicago lab idea gaining ground

Faced with a depressing state funding picture, an uncertain federal research funding outlook and slowly recovering state and regional economy, University of Illinois officials sat down with Chicago business and political leaders in the last year and asked the following question: