University of Illinois

Outside's his comfort zone

University of Illinois theater Professor Daniel Sullivan knows a lot about the myriad technical problems of outdoor theater.

After all, he's now directing his seventh Free Shakespeare in the Park play — "King Lear" — at the open-air Delacorte Theater in New York's Central Park.

UI grad takes tech to parking

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois alum Bob Youakim settled into investment banking after graduate school, but left it a few years ago to pursue a career in parking.

Not as a parking valet, but as managing partner of a venture that helps cities and other entities manage parking better through technology.

UI Extension surveys farmers markets prices

A roundup of agriculture news, compiled by The News-Gazette's Don Dodson

URBANA — Illinois produce farmers can get a better handle on what the market is bearing, with University of Illinois Extension staff collecting data on what's charged at farmers' markets.

New manager solidifies agreement between WILL, WTVP

Ties between WILL public media and a partner TV station in Peoria just got a bit stronger with the hiring of a new executive to oversee both companies.

Themes for next strategic plan in works

CHICAGO — College affordability, diversity and inclusion. The university's role in economic development. Thinking globally. Helping the state of Illinois address workforce challenges. Collaborating among campuses and other institutions to address educational issues such as the achievement gap.

And that's just part of the list.

UI trustees OK raise for Groce, increase in State Farm Center budget

CHICAGO — University of Illinois trustees lent their support to the Illinois basketball program Thursday by approving a budget increase to the State Farm Center renovation and a raise for basketball coach John Groce.

Natural History Building getting $73.4 million face-lift

Sagging floors and hallways barricaded with "Keep Out" signs will soon be a thing of the past at the University of Illinois' Natural History Building.

Renovation of the oldest academic building on campus is finally underway, four years after more than half the building was closed because of structural problems.

UI medical-school plan gets major overhaul

URBANA — Plans to operate a new University of Illinois medical school under a public-private partnership model have been set aside, and a new governance structure for the engineering-focused college is now being considered.

UI trustees to vote on $4.5 million more for State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — The price tag for the massive renovation of State Farm Center is about to get even bigger.

The $165 million budget could bump up to almost $170 million pending approval from the UI Board of Trustees.

The board meets Thursday in Chicago to consider the request for a budget increase and several other proposals, including a raise for basketball coach John Groce.

Tom Kacich: How James Kilgore wound up with George Will's house

If a property transaction can be politically ironic, there was one in Urbana this year that sets the standard.

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In April, the University of Illinois Foundation sold a home at 602 E. Harding Drive to Teresa Barnes and James Kilgore for $119,500.

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