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CEO extols the virtues of urban agriculture in UI visit

URBANA — One of the nation's biggest proponents — and practitioners — of urban agriculture said locally grown food provides both health and economic benefits to communities.

Will Allen, founder and CEO of the Growing Power nonprofit group, said he has spent the last 20 years proving that urban agriculture works.

Experts explain the impact of pension changes

Some details on the new pension bill remain to be worked out, and its future hinges on a likely court challenge.

In the meantime, we turned to some University of Illinois experts to try to explain the impact on university employees:

Whom does it affect?

Pension bill expected to head to courts soon after Quinn signs it

SPRINGFIELD — After narrowly passing the Senate with no votes to spare and the House with two votes more than needed, a controversial pension reform bill is headed to Gov. Pat Quinn, who says he will sign it.

Next stop after that: the courts.

Pension plan sparks uncertainty, frustration

URBANA — Uncertainty was the word of the day on campus. And frustration — to put it mildly.

University of Illinois employees anticipating today's vote on a legislative plan to fix the state's pension problem scoured the Web, talked to colleagues and emailed administrators to find out how the changes would affect their retirement bottom line.

UI letter to employees on pension reform proposal, Dec. 2, 2013

The text of a message sent to University of Illinois employees:

December 2, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Second career as composer brings acclaim, satisfaction

Composer Peter Michalove listens to a recording of a string quartet he has written, playing quietly through his laptop's speakers.

He also composed the music on the laptop. In a corner of his study is a piano, in case he wishes to play a few measures. In another corner is his oxygen tank, unconnected. Just outside is one of his cats, Sybil.

UI expert: Plan flawed, but it's better than nothing

A University of Illinois pension expert says the new legislative plan to address the state's pension crisis is a mixed bag but worth supporting — if nothing else, in order to move the issue to a resolution in state courts.

Illinois bands corner

The University of Illinois bands are a beloved institution in Champaign-Urbana. Here is what they are doing this weekend:

Friday

7 p.m.: Basketball Band at Illini men's game against Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne, State Farm Center

Saturday

UI officials have concerns about new pension deal

URBANA — Scarce details about the state pension deal announced by legislative leaders Wednesday added to the anxiety that has been building for weeks at the University of Illinois about pension negotiations.

Legislative leaders said they had agreed on a proposal to address the $100 billion pension problem. But few specifics were released.

A Life Remembered: Artist-citizen architect had 'spirit of an angel'

CHAMPAIGN — The arts community is mourning the death of Jack S. Baker, a University of Illinois emeritus professor of architecture and architect whose buildings stand as a testimony to a minimalist and poetic aesthetic.