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University of Illinois

Green had major role in Constitution's pension clause

Not only was the late Henry I. Green a major figure in the development of the pension clause in the 1970 Illinois Constitution, he's now the central figure in Friday's Illinois Supreme Court ruling that rejected a 2013 effort by lawmakers and former Gov. Pat Quinn to unilaterally revise retirement benefits for government workers.

Few legislators stick around to hear from UI officials

SPRINGFIELD — Top University of Illinois officials and alumni came to the Capitol on Thursday to lobby on behalf of funding for the university.

But by the time they got to the Statehouse at around 2 p.m., many lawmakers already had left town for a long weekend.

Updated: Trustees honor Easter, approve $167,000 bonus

By JULIE WURTH
jwurth@news-gazette.com
SPRINGFIELD — University of Illinois trustees today approved a $167,200 performance bonus for outgoing President Robert Easter.

The amount is 95 percent of the total he could have earned under the performance-based incentives in his contract, based on specific goals set by the board for the current academic year.

Task force: Phase out med school

URBANA — The Urbana regional medical school at the University of Illinois should be phased out over the next seven years as the campus prepares to open the new Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, a high-level UI task force says.

Senate committee: Study Rauner pension plan before vote

SPRINGFIELD — Democratic members of the Senate Executive Committee approved a resolution Wednesday calling on the State Universities Retirement System and the Teachers Retirement System to conduct a study of Gov. Bruce Rauner's pension reform plan before the Legislature acts on it.

UI workers lobby for higher wages

In the midst of on-going contract negotiations, a group of University of Illinois union employees have gone public with their push for better wages and future opportunities to make more.

Ex-UI president to report on details of Carle-UI medical school

URBANA — When the University of Illinois decided in March to create the new Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, several important loose ends remained.

Among them: details of the new school's relationship with the much larger UI College of Medicine in Chicago, and the future of students at the existing regional medical campus in Urbana, a branch of the Chicago medical enterprise.

Bill intended to improve hiring of women, minorities, veterans

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation revising hiring rules within the state universities civil service system got approval from the Senate Higher Education Committee Tuesday and now moves to the Senate floor.

The bill (HB 3102) last month was approved unanimously by the full House.

Final raise, honorary title ahead for Easter

URBANA — Outgoing University of Illinois President Robert Easter could get one final raise and an honorary title when he retires later this month.

Online MBA program approved

URBANA — A new online MBA option at the University of Illinois will soon be available for business students who can't quit their jobs or relocate to go back to school — at one-third the cost of conventional master of business administration programs.