Hogan picked to chair science coalition

CHICAGO — A statewide science coalition has selected the University of Illinois' president as chairman.

On Monday, Michael J. Hogan was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.

Champaign schools could see surpluses

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district could see slight budget surpluses for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, and for the next fiscal year.

Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas gave a preliminary presentation on the 2011-12 budget to the school board Monday night.

New UI vice president plans coordinated effort

CHICAGO — The new czar of University of Illinois health programs wants to see greater coordination of the widespread holdings in Chicago, Rockford and Urbana.

Joseph "Skip" Garcia, 56, becomes the vice president for health affairs on June 16. He will continue to hold appointments as a professor of medicine and vice chancellor for research at the UI-Chicago.

Danville takes steps to keep kids reading

DANVILLE — Danville schools officials want to encourage young students to read over the summer break to alleviate the "summer slide."

That's why they have teamed up with the Danville Public Library, Danville Mass Transit and Walmart to offer the Summer Accelerated Reader Program for 2010-11 kindergarten through fifth-grade students in the district.

Property value drop hurts Catlin schools budget

CATLIN — The school district will receive about $11,000 less in local property tax revenue than it did last year, Superintendent Gary Lewis said Thursday.

Lewis said the overall value of property in the district decreased by about $222,000 this year, so the district will collect less money in property taxes.

Urbana plan commission delays cell tower decision

URBANA — The city's plan commission on Thursday night did not make a decision on a U.S. Cellular proposal to build a 150-foot cell tower on the campus of Urbana High School, but the discussion drew more disapproval from residents who do not want the structure in their sight lines.

UI board OKs hiring of 2 top administrators

CHICAGO —The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved hiring two top administrators and authorized paying bills in the upcoming fiscal year.

Susan J. Koch will take office July 1 as vice president and chancellor of the Springfield campus.

Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia will become the UI's new vice president for health affairs.

UI's Urbana campus chooses interim CIO

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois has named a retired assistant dean to serve as interim chief information officer of the Urbana campus for at least a year.

UI launches $100 million scholarship drive

CHICAGO — University of Illinois President Michael Hogan says scholarships are even more critical as tuition increases, in an era of diminished state funding.

So Hogan and his wife, Virginia, will announce their $100,000 donation Thursday in Chicago, to kick off Access Illinois: The Presidential Scholarship Initiative for all three campuses.