University of Illinois

University of Illinois

UI team hoping to pile up points in national energy contest

URBANA – Would you like a house you could heat with a hair dryer? University of Illinois students are putting one together for a competition to be held in Washington.

In October, the U.S. Department of Energy will host the Solar Decathlon, and the UI is one of 20 universities to compete. A house students designed was moved here Monday from Homeway Homes in Deer Creek, which is between Peoria and Bloomington-Normal.

Suspect sought in art theft at UI's Native American building

URBANA – University of Illinois police are seeking help identifying a man who is a suspect in the theft of art signs on the UI campus.

UI police report that two pieces of sign-like artwork were stolen from in front of the Native American Studies building, 1206 W. Nevada Ave., U, between 5 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Pill takes aim specifically at canine cancer

URBANA – The only hope for dogs suffering from a common form of canine cancer used to be a pricey cancer drug for people.

But Fido finally has a cancer drug to call his own.

Just approved by the FDA this month, a canine cancer therapy named Palladia is being distributed to veterinary cancer specialists first and will be available soon through the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

UI police seek help in theft from Native American House

University of Illinois police are seeking help identifying a man who is a suspect in the theft of art signs from the Native American House on the UI campus.

Cissna Park man's needs met without leaving home

CISSNA PARK – Richard Henry Rieches wakes up at that dark, pre-dawn hour that hovers between day and night. He sits up, stretches, glances around the bedroom – the same bedroom his father used to wake up in. He looks out the window. The stubborn darkness reveals no hint of the day ahead.

He stands slowly, then pads out the door and down the stairs. They still creak all the way to the bottom. He turns the corner and stands in the kitchen, where his mother used to bake coffee cake from scratch. She always served it fresh, right out of the pan.

Major pane repairs will help with climate, pest control

URBANA – Mary Ramsbottom has worked in Lincoln Hall eight years, adopting a bipolar style of dress.

In Lincoln Hall, she says, "the top half of your body is one climate zone (near the windows) and the bottom half is another climate zone because of the radiator."

Several burglaries to houses, vehicles reported in C-U

Area police dealt with several burglaries to vehicles and residences in the last week:

Lincoln Hall occupants clear way for potential renovations

URBANA – "Watch your head," the tour guide says, as he leads you into the truly ugly basement of the truly historic Lincoln Hall.

You don't have to be Yao Ming to bump your head on a pipe down here. Anyone over 4 feet tall is in serious danger of a contused noggin from the chaotic array of life-support devices in this 1909 edifice, one of the biggest and once the busiest classroom building on the Urbana Quad.

UI will let state panel lead probe of Cloutgate

URBANA – The University of Illinois has set aside plans for its own task force to review its admissions process, following the announcement that Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed an independent commission to look into the UI's practices.

Native grasses, flowers part of new 10,000-square-foot garden

URBANA – Prairie plants are making a comeback at the University of Illinois.

At its South Lincoln Avenue home, the College of Veterinary Medicine's Basic Sciences Building is now surrounded by 8,000 seedlings of the plants that were there before the plow broke the sod.

In the next few weeks, another 2,000 grasses and flowers will be planted.