University of Illinois

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.

'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.

Strobel will chair UI presidential search

A trustee who chaired the last presidential search at the University of Illinois will lead the nationwide search for a successor to President Robert Easter, who plans to retire in 2015.

Trustee Pamela Strobel, who received bachelor's and law degrees from the UI's Urbana campus, will chair the 19-member search committee appointed at a special board meeting Friday.

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.

UI trustees to appoint committee on Easter successor

Members of a committee that will play a major role in choosing the next University of Illinois president will be appointed on Good Friday.

Who should it be? Let Tom Kacich know here

UI-Chicago, faculty union reach contract deal

CHICAGO — The faculty union at the University of Illinois at Chicago has reached a tentative deal with administration on its first contract, the union announced Wednesday.

The union declined to release details until members vote on the contract; a vote is planned for next week.

UI budget review shows financial house in order

University has had net income of over $300 million each year since 2010

URBANA — Hundreds of millions of dollars brought in by the University of Illinois last year could go toward paying for a supplemental retirement plan, building renovations and helping boost professors' pay, according to an analysis of the university's budget.

Amicizia Trio to perform at UI

URBANA — The New York-based Amicizia Trio will perform pieces composed by local musicians in the concert "Incarnation" at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the University of Illinois Music Building auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U.

The ensemble — Song-A Cho, violin; Stephanie Iovine, cello; and Johanna Kosak, piano — will perform three world premieres. Two of them were composed by UI alumni:

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