University of Illinois

University of Illinois

No kitchen sink, but just about everything else in Lyric Theatre's 'Elixir'

URBANA — A hot-air balloon? Check.

A singer-actor wearing a gorilla suit? Check.

A guest conductor who works at Chicago's Lyric Opera and a vocal coach to some of the world's most famous opera singers?

Check, again.

UI starts figuring next year's tuition

On Monday, members of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees' Audit, Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee heard from UI Vice President for Academic Affairs Christophe Pierre on what he described as a "kickoff" for setting tuition and fees for the next school year. In recent years, the board has tied tuition increases to the rate of inflation.

UI trustees want more information on potential med school at Urbana

URBANA — Two competing proposals to bridge engineering and medicine at the University of Illinois were reviewed by a committee of UI trustees Tuesday, and one thing was clear: they want more information.

UI salaries edging up

Salaries at the University of Illinois continue to edge higher on the Urbana campus, with payroll increasing by about 3 percent this year and more people earning $150,000 or above.

Selected salaries at the University of Illinois

The top 10 earners on the University of Illinois' Urbana campus, with salary (as of September) and the raise they got last year.

1. TIM BECKMAN

Football coach

$1.8 million

No raise

2. JOHN GROCE

Men's basketball coach

$1.6 million

No raise

3. MIKE THOMAS

UI ag complex gets boost from state funding

URBANA — Plans for a $13.3 million Feed Technology Complex at the University of Illinois got a $3.5 million boost from the state on Friday.

Kraft, UI join forces for $1.4 million project on corn pigments

URBANA — Kraft Foods Group will provide $1.4 million to the University of Illinois to help explore the potential of using red and purple pigments from corn in some of the company's products.

Illinois bands corner

FRIDAY

7:30 p.m.: The Illinois Wind Symphony presents "Orange and Boo!" A spooktastic concert event, conducted by Linda Moorhouse, will feature: Marvel Superhero Black Bolt, Godzilla Eats Las Vegas, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and an audience costume contest!

Where: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Foellinger Great Hall

Paper + glue = shoes

URBANA — At 6-foot-4, University of Illinois sophomore Charlie Prescott felt a bit thrown off as he modeled a pair of high heels Wednesday.

"I definitely have sympathy for girls who wear high heels," the industrial design major from Oak Park said.