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Teams from Urbana, Mahomet take prizes in Lego tourney

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.

UI police looking for person who pulled fire alarms in dorms

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.

Some UI faculty welcome option to take a pay cut

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.

UI clarifies furlough policy: voluntary pay cut an option

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.

UI board to vote on higher fees for Urbana campus

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.

State Farm sees continual growth at UI Research Park

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.

Otherworldly performance makes way to Krannert

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."

Heard the news? It's family fun night at Assembly Hall

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.

Federal stimulus funds might be on way to help UI

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.

UI football player innocent of charges in bar incident

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.