University of Illinois

Kilgore won't teach at UI; AAUP, some faculty protest

CHAMPAIGN — Former Symbionese Liberation Army member and now local social justice advocate James Kilgore will no longer teach at the University of Illinois, The News-Gazette has learned.

Disability spaces getting meters

Crews from the University of Illinois this week will begin installing meters in disabled-parking spaces across campus, allowing the university to charge motorists with disabilities who do not have meter-exempt placards.

Environmental Almanac: Campus Earth Week activities scheduled

In anticipation of Earth Week, which begins today, I checked in with some of the people who are coordinating events on the University of Illinois campus.

Allerton documentary premieres this week

MONTICELLO — Ebertfest won't be the only place to see movies this week.

The Allerton Park and Retreat Center will premiere, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the documentary "Land of Plenty: Robert Allerton and His Gift to Illinois."

'Insurgent educator' to talk urban farming

Stephen Ritz calls himself an "insurgent educator," appropriate for the man who once brought a 22-foot snake into his classroom.

The janitor inadvertently let it out one day, and the school was closed for a week after it moved into the ceiling.

'Titanic' problem spelled out for trustees

Senior faculty make it clear many ready to 'vote with their feet' on pension issue

URBANA — University of Illinois Professor Albert Valocchi is, by his own admission, "really struggling right now."

The civil and environmental engineer recently learned that if he continues working at the UI after July 1, his pension could decrease by as much as 12 percent.

UI-Carle med school partnership urged

URBANA — A consultant has recommended the University of Illinois partner with the Carle health system to develop a new, engineering-based medical college.

Strobel will chair UI presidential search

A trustee who chaired the last presidential search at the University of Illinois and a professor who led the group that helped choose the Urbana chancellor will lead the  nationwide search for a successor to President Robert Easter, who plans to retire in 2015.

Uppermost State Farm Center seats going, going, gone

On Thursday, University of Illinois senior associate athletic director Tom Michael ushered News-Gazette photo editor John Dixon inside State Farm Center and provided an update on Phase 2 of the $165 million renovation project. The big news? The upper deck of the iconic arena is void of seats.

Pension 'fix' may spark an exodus

Flaw in law's wording means some employees will lose major benefits unless they retire before July 1

A wording glitch in a new state pension law is prompting hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of professors and other state university employees in Illinois to consider retiring before July 1 to avoid significant benefit cuts.

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