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Getting Personal: Clark Bullard

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, CLARK BULLARD, a University of Illinois professor and environmentalist, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. Bullard is about to receive the National Wildlife Federation's National Conservation Special Achievement Award.

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Wired In: Megan Konar

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet MEGAN KONAR, who joined the faculty of the University of Illinois Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2013. She holds a master's degree and Ph.D.

Pet Talk | Not a (cat)astrophe

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Two acronyms that can be confusing to cat owners are FeLV and FIV. FeLV stands for feline leukemia virus, and FIV is feline immunodeficiency virus.

Christensen trial | Both sides utilizing consultants to try to stack jury

PEORIA — After a week of qualifying potential jurors, prosecutors and attorneys for accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen will meet Tuesday to narrow the pool of about 70 until they reach a final 12 and six alternates.

They'll do so with the help of jury consultants, which are rarely used in trials around here.

Just Askin' | Willard director search

Q: When is the University of Illinois going to hire a new executive director fpr Willard Airport?

A: It should be soon, UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler said.

"Candidates have been interviewed, so we are hopeful to wrap up the search within the next couple of weeks," she said in an email.

In the Garden | Victims of the storms

Imagine spending years establishing and cultivating a beautiful landscape on your property, only for it to be destroyed in a heartbeat from a severe storm. Couple that with a limb through your roof and you have a real disaster on your hands!

Christensen trial, Day 5 | Initial jury selection one short, for now

URBANA — Though it seemed possible that pre-approval of potential jurors in the trial of accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen would wrap up Friday, it will go on for another day.

Christensen trial, Day 3 | Judge expects opening statements Wednesday

URBANA — Lawyers are expected to make their opening statements Wednesday in the trial of accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen, U.S. District Judge James Shadid said at the third day of jury selection in Peoria.

And prosecutors said that they may be able to present their case in eight days or less, more quickly than the 2.5 weeks they previously said it might take.

Siebel tells employees he'll foot bill for online UI master's degrees

Billionaire Thomas Siebel is offering to pay employees at his software company to earn a master's degree in computer science online — from his alma mater, the University of Illinois.