University of Illinois

University of Illinois

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.

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.

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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.

Tom's #Mailbag, Sept. 30, 2016

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It's already time for students to apply for federal aid

In between marching-band performances and weekend chores, Brenda Reinhold will be crunching numbers at her computer this weekend.

Saturday is the first day prospective college students (and their parents) can submit the federal form that determines how much financial aid they may receive in 2017-18.

UI student who lost wallet at football game faces charges because of contents

URBANA — A man who lost his wallet at an Illinois football game now faces a criminal charge after police discovered suspected drugs in his recovered billfold.

A 21-year-old Champaign man, whom University of Illinois police listed as a UI student, lost his wallet at Memorial Stadium during the Illinois-North Carolina football game Sept. 10.

Chief Justice wants to see high court at UI

CHAMPAIGN -- If Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman has her way, proceedings for the state's highest court could happen on the University of Illinois' campus.

The Danville native has taken the Supreme Court's proceedings on the road throughout the state, something she hopes continues after her term as Chief Justice ends next month.