University of Illinois

University of Illinois

UI flash index above 100 for first time since '08

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index jumped greatly in March, indicating significant growth in the Illinois economy.

The index increased from 99.2 in February to 101 in March, a rise of nearly 2 points.

That pushed the index above 100, the so-called dividing point between economic contraction and growth.

Serionix wins Cozad competition

CHAMPAIGN — Serionix took the top monetary prize at the Cozad New Venture Competition this past weekend.

The company — which has come up with filter materials to remove perchlorate from drinking water — took first place in the Most Fundable Venture category, earning the firm $15,000.

Traveling farm exhibit at UI

URBANA — Folks can get insights on U.S. farm life from a special exhibit on the University of Illinois campus today.

America's Farmers Mobile Experience — a traveling 53-foot trailer that expands into 1,000 square feet of exhibit space — will be on the parking lot east of Turner Hall, with tours available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The exhibit, sponsored by Monsanto, includes:

UI trustees saw little chance for reconciliation between Hogan, faculty

URBANA — Three weeks ago, on a board-ordered mission to rebuild his standing with faculty and the public, University of Illinois President Michael Hogan expressed confidence that he would still be in office a year from now.

Within a week he had tendered his resignation, effective July 1.

Resignation could help UI's reputation

Months of turmoil, tension between the president and chancellor, faculty in an uproar, a presidential resignation.

That scenario has played out at the University of Illinois twice in a three-year span. How much will it affect the school's reputation in academic circles?

Not as much as it might have before Michael Hogan's resignation last week, some academic leaders said.

Extravaganza features summer activities galore

URBANA — The school year is winding down, and that means it's time to find something for your kids to do this summer.

The annual Summer Enrichment Extravaganza, a community-wide youth programming resource fair, might be a place to start.

It's scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Urbana Middle School Cafetorium, 1201 S. Vine St., U.

Wisconsin candidate states his case at provost forum

URBANA — Three things prompted Adam Gamoran's interest in the provost's job at the University of Illinois.

Personal ties to the campus and state. Experience in dealing with challenges facing major public research universities. And the opportunity to work on a new leadership team with Chancellor Phyllis Wise.

Official warned about health care contract problem before it happened

SPRINGFIELD — Weeks before the Quinn administration signed off on an error-filled set of health care contracts for state employees last year, a staff member with the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission suggested that the flawed process be restarted.

Officials: Diversity had a place in UI coach search

CHAMPAIGN — Despite concerns raised earlier this year about the university's failure to hire a black person as head football or men's basketball coach, officials said in the end they wanted the best basketball coach, regardless of race.

Caregivers put snowy owl on plane to Alaska

URBANA — It's been quite a journey for Qigiq, the injured snowy owl rescued from a field near Tolono last January and brought to the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic.

And it's not quite over yet.