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Rauner pledges UI support

CHAMPAIGN — After laying out a host of problems in the state of Illinois — high property taxes, poor schools, conflicts of interest, unaffordable pensions, being economically uncompetitive with nearby states — Gov. Bruce Rauner had some encouraging news Thursday for the University of Illinois and Champaign County crowd at the I Hotel and Conference Center.

Updated: Salaita files federal lawsuit against UI

Updated 6:12 p.m.

Embattled professor Steven Salaita has filed a lawsuit against the University of Illinois to force the campus to hire him and compensate him for lost income and damages to his reputation.

Police seek missing UI student

URBANA — University of Illinois police are looking for a 20-year-old UI student who was reported missing on Tuesday.

Vicente Mundo, a UI junior, was last seen around 7 p.m. on Sunday at a friend's campus apartment in the 900 block of South Third Street, according to UI police. Witnesses said he left the apartment to meet a friend, according to police.

Old flagpole may get new chance to shine

CHAMPAIGN — High above the Armory's south entrance stands a lonesome, rusted flagpole.

No flag has flown there for some time and one group is working to change that.

"We want to restore the original flagpole and put it into operation so we can fly the stars and stripes again," said Eric Stetson, a military science professor at the University of Illinois.

Wise: UI ready to put Willard plan into effect

SAVOY — University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said she is "fully behind" an airport advisory group's report and the university is ready to implement a plan.

Wise to meet with Willard task force

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SAVOY — University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said the campus remains committed long term to being involved in Willard Airport.

Easter: UI sorting through Rauner travel, finance restrictions

URBANA — University of Illinois officials are trying to sort out how employees will be affected by Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive orders that call for travel restrictions and require additional financial disclosures.

Another UI indoor pool closing

URBANA — The University of Illinois will close another one of its indoor pools later this year to make way for more research and teaching space.

Freer pool, inside the 1968 addition to Freer Hall, has been home to the University Laboratory High School girls' swim team, regular lap swimmers and novice swimmers who've signed up for one of the UI's learn-to-swim clinics.

Q&A with Phyllis Wise

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CHAMPAIGN — The past year was not an easy one for University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, starting with personal attacks on Twitter for her decision not to cancel classes one bitter day in January 2014.

Basking in the orange glow

It wasn't your imagination: the familiar glow coming out of State Farm Center Wednesday night had a definite orange cast to it.

The lights of the arena were converted to Illini Orange for the past three men's home games — against Maryland, Indiana and Purdue — as part of a promotion by UI athletics.