University of Illinois

University of Illinois

New public safety chief at UI starts job

URBANA – Barbara O'Connor is busy getting acquainted with and organized at her new job as director of public safety at the University of Illinois.

"I spent a lot of time talking to folks," she said of her first day on the job, Monday.

Workshop offered on rules for selling food at farm stands

CHAMPAIGN – Farmers interested in selling food products on their farms, at farmers' markets or elsewhere can learn how to meet county, state and federal regulations affecting their products at an upcoming workshop in Champaign.

UI flash index: Economy shrinking for first time since March '04

URBANA – The University of Illinois flash economic index has fallen below 100 – the dividing line between economic expansion and contraction – for the first time in nearly five years.

The index, considered a barometer of the Illinois economy, dropped from 100 in November to 98.7 in December, a UI news release stated.

Extension site offers financial advice online

URBANA – Have tough times put you in turmoil? Are you facing a financial bind, not knowing which step to take next?

Web is where it's at for these twin brothers at UI

CHAMPAIGN – Ryan and Ashton Clark spend a lot of time churning out ideas for Web-based businesses.

In the past seven years, the 20-year-old twin brothers – both juniors at the University of Illinois – have formed more than a dozen such ventures, with products ranging from online music to sports apparel to parking-place reservations.

Local session of regional conference will be Jan. 7

URBANA – Crop production, farm economics and pest management will be the major themes of the 2009 University of Illinois Corn and Soybean Classic.

Six regional conferences are planned throughout the state during January, including one to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C.

Prosecutor 'pleased with progress' of Jamar Smith

URBANA – Jamar Smith said he's feeling great and is ready to play college basketball again in 2009.

"I don't really have a problem with alcohol any more," the 21-year-old former University of Illinois basketball player said Monday after a brief court hearing in Champaign County.

Ameren says power's back, but urges preparation

Ameren Illinois says it's restored power to the tens of thousands in Illinois who had lost electricity at some point because of the weekend ice storm and arctic winds that followed it.

Any customer who is still without electrical service is urged to contact Ameren Illinois immediately. The numbers are 888-672-5252 (AmerenCILCO), 888-789-2477 (AmerenCIPS) and 800-755-7000 (AmerenIP).

Ex-UI basketball star gets positive report in court

URBANA – Former University of Illinois basketball player Jamar Smith is due back in court in April after a positive report to a Champaign County judge Monday morning.

Smith, 21, had a remission hearing before Judge Rich Klaus during which State's Attorney Julia Rietz reported Smith has had no violations of his probation for aggravated driving under the influence since receiving his sentence in mid-September.

UI archaeologist wants 109-year-old house looking Sharp again

It was the house that Urbana's own Casey Jones built, with railroad iron in its foundation, and it was about to be restored to its 1899 grandeur when a fire snaked up from the porch to the third floor in May.

Now a University of Illinois archaeologist, Brian Adams, is putting back together the Queen Anne house at 412 W. Elm St., built for Zachariah F. Sharp, the tough-as-nails engineer for the Indiana, Bloomington and Western Railroad (IBW), better known as the I'd Better Walk.