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UI studies find gratitude journals are the gift that keeps kids giving

URBANA — Parents who want to raise more generous and less materialistic kids may want to consider giving them journals.

A pair of studies co-authored by a University of Illinois expert in consumption values suggest children and teens who have a grateful disposition are less materialistic, and keeping a "gratitude journal" reduced materialism and its negative effects on generosity.

Family Checkbook | Your money personality may affect your holidays

Money and the holidays. For some of us, we happily swing into spending mode. I look forward to the excuse to buy people gifts and spend money on treats and extras. Each store I walk into is full of tempting, fun, creative and exciting things, all waiting for me! One of my strong money personalities is "giving," and this is my season.

Second solar farm planned at UI

SAVOY — Farm fields along Curtis Road in Savoy would be converted into the next University of Illinois solar farm under a proposal winding its way through campus.

The UI is planning its second solar farm just north of Curtis, west of First Street, and it would be roughly triple the size of the current 21-acre installation a mile directly north along Windsor Road.

20-year deal planned for UI's 2nd solar farm

The UI's first solar farm was built on university-owned land through a public-private partnership with Phoenix Solar Inc. of California. The firm designed, built and is operating the farm for the first 10 years.

Getting Personal: Roberta Sparenberg

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 59-year-old Monticello resident ROBERTA SPARENBERG, a 20-year employee of the University of Illinois Press, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. She loves her family and her pets ... cellphones, not so much.

John Frayne | 'Air' proves to be a learning experience

Daniel Hope and Friends came to town on Oct. 25, and their appearance in Foellinger Great Hall was less a concert than an onslaught.

The program was called "Air, A Baroque Journey." And the music mirrored the contents of a CD with that title published by DGG about a decade ago. The word "air" means, in this context, a short melodic piece.

Wired In: Tanay Vardhan

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a different high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet TANAY VARDHAN, a University of Illinois senior pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering with a minor in computer science. He's passionate about web development and working on a startup called Turkbox.

Tell us about Turkbox.

UPDATE: Document links law professor to 2002 allegation

UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.:

URBANA — A document obtained by News-Gazette Media reveals that University of Illinois Law Professor Jay Kesan was aware of allegations of improper conduct made about him as far back as 2002.

Hiring, harassment top UI chancellor's list of initiatives

URBANA — A $50 million faculty hiring initiative, including $10 million for computing and information sciences, was among the initiatives announced Thursday in Chancellor Robert Jones' "State of the State" address at the University of Illinois.

Go Figure, Nov. 9, 2018

A numerical look at local headlines:


Honorary degrees awarded through the years at University of Illinois commencements, with recipients including a few familiar faces from TV — DIANE SAWYER, JOHN CHANCELLOR, BILL GEIST.