University of Illinois
Two area teams received awards at last weekend's Lego League state tournament.
"The Wheels" team from Campus Middle School for Girls in Urbana received a first place for teamwork – one of four areas on which the teams are judged.
URBANA — University of Illinois police are looking for the person or persons who may have maliciously pulled fire alarms in the Pennsylvania Avenue residence halls Thursday morning.
URBANA – Some faculty leaders welcomed a clarification of the University of Illinois' furlough policy Wednesday, saying the unpaid days off amounted to a pay cut anyway.
As the semester begins, University of Illinois faculty are struggling with how to take furlough days without affecting their students — or, for younger faculty, jeopardizing their chances for tenure.
CHICAGO – Fees at the Urbana campus will go up $39 a semester, if the University of Illinois Board of Trustees votes for the increase.
The board meets at 9 a.m. Thursday at the UIC West Student Center, 838 S. Wolcott Ave., Chicago.
CHAMPAIGN – When State Farm opened its research and development center in the University of Illinois Research Park, the Bloomington-based insurance giant hoped the center could help the company recruit more students from the UI's actuarial science program.
"The goal was a small office. If in three years we hired three people into full-time positions, it would be a success," said John Quarton, the center's oversight manager.
URBANA – Like many other kids across Mid-America in the 1950s and '60s, Mikel Rouse remembers listening late at night to WLS, his transistor radio tucked under his head.
"I grew up in a small town in southeast Missouri, and when smaller stations shut down we could get WLS from Chicago like it was coming from Mars," he said. "I had no idea how it worked."
CHAMPAIGN – If you hear Newsboys keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein tell it, Winter Jam 2010 has it all: family-friendly entertainment, an inexpensive charge at the door and popular Christian music many enjoy.
He describes it as "kind of like a traveling music festival." It's Christian music's largest annual tour, as well.
URBANA – About $45.4 million in federal stimulus money promised last summer could finally make its way to the University of Illinois next month, making a small dent in the $439 million owed to the UI.
Randy Kangas, UI associate vice president for planning and budgeting, said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided a stabilization fund for public schools and universities, including $45.4 million for the UI. The idea was to keep education funding level from fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2010.
URBANA — A University of Illinois football player who struck an intoxicated man in a campus bar last spring has been found innocent of aggravated battery.
A Champaign County jury deliberated about an hour Wednesday before acquitting Michael Garrity, 20, whose last known address was in the 500 block of South Third Street, Champaign.