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New UI Web site to track requests for public information

URBANA – What sort of information are newspapers and TV stations – and lawyers and unions – asking of the University of Illinois?

Visit a new Web site and you can find out.

The University of Illinois has started listing the requests for public information it receives on its Web site at

48 UI faculty members pen letter supporting chancellor

URBANA – A group of 48 prestigious University of Illinois faculty sent a letter in support of Chancellor Richard Herman to The News-Gazette on Monday, the day Herman testified before the state commission looking into the school's admissions procedures.

The letter calls recent events surrounding the admissions process "an unexpected and unwarranted assault" on UI leadership, and it expresses "full support" of UI administrators in their efforts to deal with the matter.

Studio Visit: Jessie Knox, 56, of Urbana

Q: When did you start making art?

A: I can't remember when I didn't do it. In grade school I would do all the bulletin boards and backdrops for the student plays. I did medical illustrations for science classes. I did school emblems. During Black History Month, I'd do drawings of Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver and other historical figures.

Allerton Music Barn Festival starting to gain lofty status

MONTICELLO – A rarely produced tango opera, chamber music, jazz and American music, plus a brass band, will be on tap at the third annual Allerton Music Barn Festival over the Labor Day weekend.

The festival runs from Sept. 3 through 7, lasting one day longer than last year. Tickets are on sale now.

UI chancellor to testify Monday in admissions probe

URBANA – University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman will testify Monday before a state panel investigating the school's admissions procedures, including whether politically connected applicants received special treatment.

8 UI staffers laid off; other jobs for them possible

URBANA – Eight University of Illinois nonacademic staffers were notified of layoffs Wednesday, but they may find other jobs on the Urbana campus.

UI flash economic index back on decrease in June

CHAMPAIGN – The recession hasn't ended, if the University of Illinois flash index is any indication.

The index dropped from 94.1 in May to 92 in June. That reading is lower than the lowest levels of the 1990 and 2001 recessions.

AmerenIP announces plans for 138,000-volt power line

URBANA – The public will help determine where a 138,000-volt power line proposed by AmerenIP will go.

That would supply enough power for a city of 20,000 to 40,000 homes, according to the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Ameren plans new line for southwest UI campus

URBANA -- AmerenIP officials will be meeting with local officials and the
public to discuss the best route for a new transmission line to provide
electrical power for the southwest campus at the University of Illinois.

Cuban expatriates reunite to recall revolutionary escape

CHAMPAIGN – "Salud!" the former Cubans shouted as they toasted the Catholic chaplain who welcomed them to Illinois 47 years ago.

The occasion was a weekend reunion for 11 of the 14 Cuban youths who finished their educations in central Illinois. Some reconnected in Florida 10 years ago. Others had not seen each other for 47 years.