Urbana Middle School's Future City club building visions of tomorrow

URBANA — If the 15 kids in Urbana Middle School's Future City club have any say, the future is going to be bright, eco-friendly and full of technological innovation.

Or at least that's what they hope to convince judges of today in Chicago, where they'll present models of the two "cities" two groups of them have spent four months planning and building from scratch.

Former UI dean named president at University of Utah

A former University of Illinois administrator who left campus in 2013 has been named president of the University of Utah.

Ruth Watkins was selected as the school's 16th president — and the first woman to hold the job on a permanent basis in its 168-year history. She will take over this spring.

UI trustees' aim with tuition freeze: 'World-class education at an affordable price'

CHICAGO — Two charts tell the story of University of Illinois tuition trends in recent years.

On the first, showing tuition and fee increases since 2014, the UI is near the bottom of its peer group — the other 13 Big Ten public schools, plus six other top-rated public universities.

Contract talks between UI, grad-student union still stalled

Thursday came and went with no word of a contract agreement between the University of Illinois and a union representing graduate students.

UI trustees approve tuition freeze

CHICAGO — University of Illinois trustees today approved a fourth straight tuition freeze for in-state undergraduates next fall, designed to make its costs more affordable and keep Illinois' talented high school seniors in-state.

'A season of laughter' awaits Parkland performers

Parkland College Theatre Artistic Director Brian Morgan talked with staff writer Paul Wood about how next year's schedule came to be:

How did you choose the selections? They seem quite diverse.

Gun-violence town hall focuses on need for community involvement

CHAMPAIGN — Six weeks after shots were fired as a basketball game was letting out at Central High School, nine panelists assembled at a town hall meeting agreed: Gun violence is a symptom of broader issues.

Sherri Williamson, president of Unit 4's PTA council, said she felt compelled to organize Wednesday night's event after watching how people reacted to the incident on social media.

State rejects challenge to UI's decision on electronic-records contract

CHICAGO — The state has denied a protest filed by a major software company over a multimillion-dollar contract granted to a rival firm for a new electronic records system at the University of Illinois medical center in Chicago.

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Parkland board approves contract for 8-acre solar farm

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College could have its own 8-acre solar farm by later this year.