University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Quinn will visit UI to lead MAP grant rally

URBANA – Gov. Pat Quinn plans to lead a rally Wednesday at the University of Illinois to reinstate funding for the Illinois Monetary Awards Program, a financial aid program for Illinois college students.

But two local Democratic lawmakers say that, for now, they do not support the governor's revenue stream for the program – a $1 a pack increase in the tax on a pack of cigarettes sold in Illinois.

Arthritis among series of class topics at UI's 'Pet U'

URBANA – Grandpa isn't the only one who can suffer from painful arthritis.

Dogs and cats can also be stricken with arthritis, and they can't tell their people why they aren't jumping or climbing stairs like they used to.

UI trustees name Ikenberry as interim president

URBANA – Stanley Ikenberry has never really left the University of Illinois.

As he said on Saturday – his first official day as interim president-designate, a job which will entail working with current President B. Joseph White before White's resignation takes effect at the end of the year – "I've had a love affair with the University of Illinois that started 30 years ago." And that love affair has never faded over the decades, he said.

One of world's best drummers teaching in Champaign-Urbana

CHAMPAIGN – Bolokade Conde was only 2 years old when his mother realized he would be a drummer – mainly because of the way he pounded on her shoulders as she carried him on her back.

Conde, who grew up in a village in the Sankaran region of Guinea, Africa, remembered that he also always asked her to take him to wherever people were drumming.

Professor's project draws attention to environment

URBANA – Illinois American Water often talks about the Mahomet Aquifer as a container.

With her Mahomet Aquifer Project, University of Illinois dance Professor Jennifer Monson aims to make us think of our own bodies as containers and to examine our relationship to the aquifer, the source of our clear, good-tasting drinking water.

Ikenberry confirmed interim UI president

URBANA – As widely expected, former University of Illinois President Stanley Ikenberry has been named the interim president of the UI.

Trustees formally approved the decision Saturday at a special meeting in the Illini Union. Ikenberry is expected to begin his duties immediately as an interim president designate, and he'll be the interim president beginning in January. B. Joseph White's resignation as the university's president takes effect at the end of this year.

UI raises record $221.4 million in fiscal year 2009

URBANA – When the stock market plunged a year ago, sending the economy into recession, fundraisers at the University of Illinois braced for lean times.

State economy index hits lowest level since 1980s

URBANA – A University of Illinois barometer of economic activity in the state has dropped to its lowest level in more than 25 years.

The Flash Index fell to 90 in September, down from 91.5, a level it had been at for the previous two months. A reading below 100 indicates economic contraction in the state; above 100 means the economy is growing. The index has been below 100 since November 2008.

Campus rally to protest 'Next Dance'

CHAMPAIGN – Opponents of Chief Illiniwek, the retired University of Illinois symbol, will rally Friday night to protest a re-enactment of the Chief's dance.

The "Not Our Mascot" march by the IResist Coalition will start at 5 p.m. at the Alma Mater statue at Wright and Green streets and end with a 6 p.m. rally outside the Assembly Hall, where another student group will stage Chief Illiniwek's "Next Dance."

Black renews call for end to legislative scholarships

In the wake of another round of disclosures about abuses in Illinois' General Assembly Scholarship program, state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, said he is renewing his call to abolish the program.

Both the Associated Press and Chicago Tribune have run recent stories about lawmakers who have given scholarships to the children of political supporters.