University of Illinois

University of Illinois

UPDATE: A place 'to build anything'

CHAMPAIGN — During a visit to campus in 2014, tech en­­trepreneur Thomas Siebel re­­flected on the $100 million he and his wife had pledged to the University of Illinois.

They were in the business, Siebel said then, of trying to “make change happen.”

UI-led review finds brain-training companies' studies lacking

CHAMPAIGN — Are you playing brain-training games to boost your mental sharpness at work or school or help you remember to take your medicine?

Don't rely on what you learn in the games to transfer to real-life activities, a University of Illinois-led team of researchers advise after an extensive two-year review of 132 studies used by brain-training game companies and their supporters.

UI's freshman class is among 5 biggest in country

URBANA — This year's freshman class at the University of Illinois is among the five largest in the country and bigger than any in its peer group except the University of Texas.

The student body, totaling 44,880, makes Illinois the seventh-biggest public university campus in the country, UI officials said Monday.

September continues summer-long trend of above-normal temps

For the fourth month in a row and the eighth of nine this year, September temperatures in Champaign-Urbana were above normal, according to the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois.

It was C-U's sixth-warmest and 20th-wettest September on record dating back to 1888.

Whitman: Memorial Stadium renovation won't cost students, taxpayers a penny

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois students are still paying about $3 million a year for the last big Memorial Stadium renovation project that wrapped up in 2008.

And they're chipping in roughly $2.1 million a year for the $170 million State Farm Center project that's still underway.

Just a heartbeat away: Expert breaks down vice presidential debate

On the eve of the first and only vice presidential debate of 2016 — moderated by University of Illinois and WCIA-TV alum ELAINE QUIJANO of CBS — we asked back UI elections expert BRIAN GAINES for a quick primer.

Why watch?

Soaring assessments irk Campustown property owners

CHAMPAIGN — Next time you visit the Campustown area, consider wearing your dressiest shoes, because you may be walking on some pretty pricey ground.

Getting Personal: Joaquin Vieira

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 38-year-old Champaign resident Joaquin Vieira talks with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood about his career in astronomy at the University of Illinois, where he leads Astronomy On Tap, and setting up a telescope at the South Pole.

Tell us about Astronomy On Tap.

UI service workers call for wage hike

CHAMPAIGN — Cooks, janitors and other service workers who have been negotiating for months with the University of Illinois picketed outside the UI's Physical Plant on Friday.

The UI's four-year contract with Service Employees International Union Local 119, which represents about 750 building service workers and food service workers, expired at the end of July.

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