Efforts to poach top UI faculty spiked during state budget crisis

URBANA — The state's budget crisis has subsided for now, but its impact on faculty recruitment remains a key issue at the University of Illinois.

Campus officials are still massaging the numbers, but outside recruiting of the UI's top professors was up 50 percent in each of the past two years over previous years, according to interim Provost John Wilkin.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 17, 2017

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the students behind "High School Confidential."

UI: 150 years, 1,000 stories, 100 videos

They hail from six continents — the Urbana-born doctor who's devoted the past three decades to caring for the poorest of the poor in East Africa; the dreamer from Freeport who grew up with 16 brothers and sisters and went on to become the first black American billionaire; the South Korean journalist who never thought she'd see her byline in the student newspaper, being a self-described "FOTB" (

UI med school gets big bump for recruiting first class

URBANA — The first class of students accepted to the Carle Illinois College of Medicine will get a big perk — about $200,000 worth of free tuition.

The cutting-edge, engineering-based medical school won approval last week from a national organization that accredits medical schools, which means it can start recruiting its first class of 32 students for fall 2018.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 16, 2017

The Champaign school district's ongoing effort to renovate and expand its schools has provided a wealth of opportunities for interactive elements to supplement our coverage.

As the story has evolved, so has the technology behind our maps.

Champaign school district's property acquisition for Central complete

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district now owns all the properties it needs for Central High School's $87.1 million expansion project, and the sellers didn't go away empty-handed.

The district paid well over assessed market values to get several of the properties it needed for the high school project, according to county assessment records.

Wired In: Ramakrishnan Narayanan

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet RAMAKRISHNAN NARAYANAN, 24, of Champaign, who just finished up as a graduate student in industrial and enterprise systems engineering at the University of Illinois and is fielding job offers.

Jim Dey: Free speech: It's not a hard concept

Hear more from Dey Tuesday at 10 on WDWS.

A camel is a horse designed by a committee.

Getting Personal: Stanley Ikenberry

Staff writer Marcus Jackson spoke with the man who led the UI from 1979 to 1995 and again in 2010 ahead of his return to campus this week for UI Foundation weekend.

Are you doing anything professionally these days?

UI launches $2.25 billion fundraising effort with festival of performance, innovation

CHAMPAIGN — Two-and-a-quarter billion. As in dollars.

That's the target for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's newest and most ambitious fundraising drive, launched Friday night in a showcase of music, performance and innovation at the State Farm Center.