University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Tom Kacich: Going private has been tried before

That idea that state Sen. Bill Brady has to turn Illinois' nine public universities into private, not-for-profit institutions and to use their state appropriations to provide tuition support?

A version of it was tried about 10 years ago at Miami University in Ohio.

It ended after about four years.

Here's what's happening on the literary scene

Children's literature lecture in Normal

Pet Talk: Road to recovery

By MELISSA GIESE/University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

Rehabilitation comes from the Latin word rehabilitare, which means to restore ability. As a certified veterinary technician and certified canine rehabilitation practitioner at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Kim Knap helps pets with a variety of conditions daily using specialized equipment for each situation.

Let's go to the video

CHAMPAIGN — Fans heading out to Illinois Field to watch next week's Big Ten baseball opener are in for a $442,000 treat.

A new video scoreboard, installed behind the right-field wall, will make its debut during the University of Illinois' home games against Northwestern next weekend.

PODCAST: U of I's John Wilkin, Dean of Libraries 3-26-15

PODCAST: U of I's John Wilkin, Dean of Libraries 3-26-15: Play now!

Brian Moline talks to the University of Illinois' John Wilkin about the largest public research library in North America.


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State budget fix means $15 million cut for UI

A University of Illinois spokesman said the school is expecting a cut of about $15 million as a result of the budget fix passed by lawmakers.

New faces, same great tunes

Here's your chance to see arena rock in an intimate setting.

Foreigner plays at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

More information is at

Entertainment listings, March 26-April 2, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend


Bill would ban state funds for commencement speakers

SPRINGFIELD — Public universities would be prohibited from using public funds to pay for commencement speakers under legislation approved by the House Higher Education Committee on Wednesday.

The approval came with a proviso, however, that sponsor Rep. Reggie Phillips, R-Charleston, would return to the committee with revisions to the bill before a full House vote.

UI shares in $3 million STEM grant

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois has received a grant to help improve minority representation in science, technology, engineering and math.