JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press
Transcript provided by the White House of President Barack Obama's remarkls on March 5, 2014, at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Conn.
The Champaign metropolitan area has made Beyond.com's list of the top 10 areas in the U.S. to find a job for the second straight quarter.
During the third quarter of 2013, Champaign ranked No. 6 in most job opportunities per capita.
In the fourth quarter of 2013, Champaign moved up to No. 5, when it came to the highest number of open jobs and the least competition for them.
URBANA — Nontenure track. Contingent faculty. Other academics. Specialized faculty.
Whatever you want to call them, the ranks of nontenure-track faculty such as lecturers and instructors have grown over the last decade while the numbers of tenure-track faculty at the University of Illinois have shrunk.
Organization seeking to unionize faculty sees huge turnout at first press conference
A group hoping to unionize faculty at the University of Illinois says it's "very close" to having support from a majority of tenured and nontenure-track professors at the Urbana campus.
CHAMPAIGN — Yahoo plans to add 80 positions in the University of Illinois Research Park in the coming year, bringing employment at its Champaign office to nearly 200, a top company official said.
The Internet giant already is recruiting UI students for employment after graduation this spring, Senior Vice President Scott Burke said.
URBANA — On one side you have an award-winning, internationally-known scholar.
On the other side you have an equally respected researcher and professor with just as many publications and grants to his or her name.
One believes establishing a faculty union would protect and strengthen the university. The other insists a bargaining unit for faculty would weaken the institution.
If it's successful in organizing, a faculty union would join about a dozen other unions on the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus.
Here's a list of current unions at the UI:
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 698 (includes employees such as library technicians, shopkeepers, mechanics, nurses and others).
Unemployment rates in East Central Illinois were higher in December than they were a year earlier, for the most part.
Champaign County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in December, up from 7.4 percent in December 2012, according to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
CHAMPAIGN — Nursing and driving positions are among the hardest jobs to fill in Champaign County, the branch manager for Manpower in Champaign said.
Eric Ferguson said he monitored help-wanted advertisements in The News-Gazette during 2013 and divided them up into 46 job classifications.
Nine percent of the ads sought nurses, and 7 percent wanted drivers, he said.