University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Court casting wide net for jury in Christensen trial

PEORIA — A thousand questionnaires have been sent out this month to potential jurors in the trial of accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen, U.S. District Judge James Shadid said Thursday at a hearing in Peoria.

UI to hire hundreds more faculty over next 5 years to handle rise in enrollment

URBANA — The University of Illinois plans to hire hundreds of new faculty members across its three campuses over the next five years to accommodate rising enrollment and invest in strategic areas.

That would mean 168 new positions for the Urbana campus, in addition to faculty hired to replace professors who leave or retire.

'Champ' proponents make pitch to UI trustees; Chief defenders critical

URBANA — "Champ" made his official pitch to be the University of Illinois mascot Thursday, with an ROTC student showing up in full costume to greet UI trustees.

UI sophomore Mike Skibski presented the idea for a World War I soldier to represent the Fighting Illini during the public comment section of the board's meeting at the Illini Union.

UI doesn't appear linked to latest college-admissions scandal

URBANA — News of an admissions bribery scandal targeting some of the nation's top universities contained no mention of the University of Illinois, much to the relief of administrators who remember all too well the 2009 "Category I" controversy.

On UI trustees' agenda: Student health-insurance rate increase, mascot ideas

URBANA — Higher student health-insurance rates, a new international travel policy for students and public comments on proposed Illini mascots are on today's agenda for University of Illinois trustees.

The board meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the Illini Union, though the public portion of the meeting doesn't start until around 9:30 a.m.

Top of the Morning, March 14, 2019

No one belts out the national anthem quite like JIM CORNELISON. Hear for yourself at the fundraising Gottheil Cup on March 30 at the University of Illinois Ice Arena.

It's the second consecutive year that the man who revs up Blackhawks fans at United Center will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before four fraternities take to the ice for a good cause.

UI agronomist shares dark forecast at Dewey Bank farmer's breakfast

DEWEY — Farmers at the annual Dewey Bank farmer's breakfast were a little depressed after hearing a forecast for continued low corn and soybean prices this year.

Todd Hubbs, an agronomist at the University of Illinois, predicted that average soybean prices per bushel will be $8.30 in the 2019-20 marketing year, down from $8.50 this year.

'Come Home to Krannert Center' anniversary event set for April 12-14

URBANA — "Come Home to Krannert Center," an event-packed weekend commemorating the opening of the University of Illinois' performing-arts center, will be held April 12-14.

Krannert opened in April 1969, and the weekend is planned to be a centerpiece of the center's two-season 50th anniversary festivities.

UIC offering degree to help students become art teachers

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago is giving students who want to become high school art teachers some help.

Pet Talk | Put up your pills

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

They say curiosity killed the cat, and it gets dogs into some bad situations as well. Curiosity often leads to disaster when pets find their way to human medications such as NSAIDs, acetaminophen and at-home chemotherapy.