Jim Dey | Mixed signals on Kilgore's employment at UI

Does James Kilgore, a onetime terrorist who belonged to a 1970s revolutionary group, still work for the University of Illinois? Or doesn't he?

In two statements, one issued to a state legislator and the other to The News-Gazette, the UI says that he doesn't.

Kilgore, reached at his campus office Friday at the UI's Center for African Studies, declined to clarify the situation.

Letter from Birdland | A cause worth supporting

In Birdland, the winter is turning the corner to spring. I see it in the slight greening of the grass and the bulbs coming up, little nubbins of bright green emerging from the soil.

I love these seasonal cycles, and I notice that in teaching, my work follows similar cyclical patterns.

Top of the Morning, March 11, 2018

The kids in Kevin Root's marketing, accounting and web design classes at Hoopeston Area High School are challenged each day to pay close attention to their teacher.

Blame it on Root's interior design skills, which can make eyes wander.

Weekend Planner | See rubber meet road

"Drafting the Future" is the theme of this year's University of Illinois Engineering Open House, which kicked off Friday.

Exhibits and demonstrations coordinated by UI students will continue at various engineering buildings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Here's more via staff writer Tim Mitchell:

UPDATED: GEO ratifies contract; strike over

NEW 10 p.m. Friday:

GEO Co-President Gus Wood reported that the contract has been ratified and the strike is over. Wood said 98% of voting members voted in favor. He did not disclose the total number of union members who voted.


Student found with stun gun at Jefferson Middle School

CHAMPAIGN — Police located a stun gun Friday afternoon that a student was carrying at Jefferson Middle School.

After a concerned student reported it to their mother, the mother called police, who arrived within minutes at the school shortly after 12:30 p.m. and identified the student with the stun gun, spokeswoman LaEisha Meaderds said.

EIU president tells legislators marketing campaign is paying off

SPRINGFIELD — A marketing campaign touting Eastern Illinois University and its continued high rankings by U.S. News and World Report magazine appears to be paying off, EIU President David Glassman told an Illinois House committee Thursday.

Conference at UI seeks to open women's eyes to ag careers

CHAMPAIGN — When more than three out of every four farmers in Illinois are men, young women might not feel like there are opportunities for them in agriculture.

A conference today at the University of Illinois Activities and Recreation Center, 201 E. Peabody Drive, C, hopes to change that.

DPI proposal runs into opposition at legislative hearing

SPRINGFIELD — The state should pay attention to capital improvement needs at all public universities in Illinois before it devotes $500 million to build a proposed University of Illinois-led research institute in Chicago, state Rep. Reggie Phillips said.

Hall-of-fame M-S coach removed from position

MAHOMET — The longtime girls' track and field coach at Mahomet-Seymour High School has been removed from her position under uncertain circumstances, leading to an outpouring of support for the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Famer.