University of Illinois
URBANA — With inaction in Springfield causing a funding drop for its scientific surveys, the University of Illinois is taking responsibility for funding the Prairie Research Institute.
The temporary shortfall amounts to $15.8 million in fiscal 2012.
Welcome back, students.
If you're new to town or it's been a while since you've strolled down Green Street or since you've read about what's been happened in recent months in Champaign-Urbana, here's a roundup of what you may have missed.
CHAMPAIGN — Take that, Dairy Farmers of Ontario.
On Friday, the University of Illinois broke the record for the world's largest smoothie. And an adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to verify the results and present the certificate to university representatives.
CHAMPAIGN — Police say alcohol was a factor in an attack on a University of Illinois student whose head was bashed on concrete pavement early Thursday on campus.
Andrew E. Brewer, 20, of Mahomet, was charged Thursday with aggravated battery and remained in the county jail Friday in lieu of $150,000 bond.
URBANA — Kindly Alma Mater has 58,599 "likes" on Facebook as of Thursday, and the first day of classes hasn't even hit yet.
The popular statue has welcomed University of Illinois students since 1929. Abreast of the times, her social-networking even includes a Twitter account.
Updated 9:10 p.m.
URBANA — The Champaign County Board is now on record in support of Midwest high-speed rail, calling on Congress to “include a program to develop an integrated network of high-speed trains and expanded Amtrak service in the upcoming transportation authorization.”
URBANA — University of Illinois officials are encouraging residents of Champaign-Urbana to avoid driving on campus Thursday — even if they work there.
CHICAGO — A legislative commission Tuesday authorized the Quinn administration to negotiate group health insurance contract extensions with Health Alliance and PersonalCare that will run until June 30, 2012.
But lawmakers also warned the health insurers that they shouldn't expect to get a significant rate increase from the state.
URBANA — Tuesday's test of the new emergency alert system at the University of Illinois appears to have resolved problems that previously delayed sending some messages to email users, according to UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler.
The Illini-Alert system sends email and text messages in the event of a campus emergency.