UI professor emeritus: Global population boom begetting challenges

URBANA — Just within the lifetime of University of Illinois Professor Emeritus David Sherwood, the world's population has tripled to nearly 7.6 billion, and though the rate of growth is declining, U.N. data predict there will be another 2 billion of us by 2050.

NIU employees could get salary hike

DEKALB (AP) — Northern Illinois University's acting president says she plans to request a 3 percent salary increase for university employees.

FBI warns of consequences of social media threats

CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI's new public service campaign designed to make people think before making social media threats includes the voice of someone who has made them.

Mattoon residents, students sing praises of teacher who subdued shooter

MATTOON — Growing up in Casey, Amy Hines knew of Angela McQueen. She starred in basketball at nearby rival Marshall High while Hines' dad was coaching girls' basketball at Casey-Westfield.

"I knew her back then, and she was aggressive on the court," Hines said of McQueen.

UI engineering dean lays out his vision for provost job

URBANA — Andreas Cangellaris' goal for the University of Illinois is ambitious and straightforward: to make sure that the 21st century "has Illinois written all over it."

To do that, he said, the campus must assume "full ownership of our mission and our excellence," not depend on the state and its budgetary ups and downs.

UI program to be honored for expanded efforts to offer solace to those in need

CHAMPAIGN — Since 2008, the Education Justice Project at the University of Illinois has been working to transform the lives of incarcerated people and their families through higher education.

Since the 2016 presidential election, it expanded its reach to another marginalized group — immigrants.

A Life Remembered: Veteran lived motto of 'Don't waste today'

ROSSVILLE — On the wall of Tracy Wahlfeldt's office at the Danville Area Community College Foundation is a framed quote about seizing the day, given to her by Richard Schlecht.

SIU Edwardsville students promote peace after hate incidents

EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — Students at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are responding to incidents of racism on campus by writing messages of peace on a door propped up in the campus quad.

UI Chicago to create $100 million complex

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago is planning to build a $100 million residence hall and academic complex.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the university's proposal for the 10-story building Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Parkland professor spends summers teaching children of migrant farmers

CHAMPAIGN — Back in his high school days, Charles Larenas gave up playing soccer to have enough time to study — his education was that important to him.

The Parkland College education professor has gone on to devote more than two decades of his summers helping the children of migrant workers in the area catch up on their own schoolwork.