School site may well become central in years ahead

Cornfields. Fringe. The boonies.

The proposed site for Central High School along the city's northern border has inspired those descriptions from residents who see it as urban sprawl.

The site itself — 80 acres north of Interstate Drive, where Neil Street ends — is still a farm field, and to the north and beyond is nothing but soybeans, corn, trees and silos.

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Themes for next strategic plan in works

CHICAGO — College affordability, diversity and inclusion. The university's role in economic development. Thinking globally. Helping the state of Illinois address workforce challenges. Collaborating among campuses and other institutions to address educational issues such as the achievement gap.

And that's just part of the list.

New Central High School: It's back to Interstate Drive

CHAMPAIGN — School officials say they will likely move forward with plans to build a new Central High School on the northern edge of Champaign, now that Dodds Park is definitively not an option.

UI medical-school plan gets major overhaul

URBANA — Plans to operate a new University of Illinois medical school under a public-private partnership model have been set aside, and a new governance structure for the engineering-focused college is now being considered.

UI trustees to vote on $4.5 million more for State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — The price tag for the massive renovation of State Farm Center is about to get even bigger.

The $165 million budget could bump up to almost $170 million pending approval from the UI Board of Trustees.

The board meets Thursday in Chicago to consider the request for a budget increase and several other proposals, including a raise for basketball coach John Groce.

Neighbors: EIU, UI Springfield dean's lists

Eastern Illinois University

The following area students were named to the dean's list at Eastern Illinois University for the spring semester.

Argenta: Jaelen Myers

Arthur: Alanna Dukeman

Atwood: Nicholas Appleby, Shlby Helfrich

Broadlands: Kirsten Place

Catlin: Ryan Isenhower, Brandon Spencer

Soon-to-be UI professor's Mideast posts drawing ire

CHAMPAIGN — An incoming University of Illinois professor has drawn the ire of a conservative website after posting angry commentary on Twitter about Israel's ground invasion of the Gaza Strip in recent days.

Ex-business dean named CEO of UI Hospital in Chicago

CHICAGO — Former business dean and presidential adviser Avijit Ghosh has been named CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital.

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