University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Colleagues pay finals respects to UI microbiologist

URBANA — A who's who of University of Illinois academia turned out Saturday to pay tribute to the life work of one of their own whose discoveries upended the basic assumptions of how life evolved, all the while remaining a humble and accessible educator.

SEIU authorizes a strike

CHAMPAIGN — After eight months of bargaining and no agreement to show for it, members of a local union are one step closer to a strike.

The Service Employees International Union Local 73, which represents close to 800 building and food service workers at the University of Illinois, has approved a strike authorization, a move that gives a union committee power to call a strike.

Quinn visits trustees' meeting, backs UI Labs

In a rare appearance at a University of Illinois board meeting, Gov. Pat Quinn visited with trustees Thursday afternoon to voice support for a major new university-led institute called UI Labs.

Updated: Trustees raise UI tuition by smallest amount since 2000-01

Updated 10:14 p.m. Thursday.

CHICAGO — Families grateful for the relatively small tuition increase expected at the University of Illinois next fall may want to hold on to their wallets.

Willard, Vermilion airports up for improvements

SPRINGFIELD — Willard Airport and the Vermilion Regional Airport are in for improvements under the state's 2013 state-local airport improvement program.

Chicago-based UI Labs gaining backing

CHICAGO — City and state officials are endorsing the University of Illinois' plans for a multimillion-dollar research institute that backers say has the potential to drive economic growth in the region.

Formal charges expected after UI student arrested over fake IDs

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois student believed to be producing fake identification is due in court in Urbana Thursday.

UI police arrested Arturo Ibrahim Perez-Vera, 18, at his room in Weston Hall, 1209 Euclid St., C, about 11:15 p.m. Saturday. He was released from jail on his own recognizance Sunday.

Former UI student arrested in computer incidents, building damage

URBANA — An investigation that involved bomb squads, falsified emails, computer hacking and damage to a campus building resulted in the arrest of a former University of Illinois engineering student over the weekend.

MAP program faces increased need, higher costs, state budget cuts

CHAMPAIGN — As recent as a decade ago, all eligible Illinois students who applied for financial aid from the state's need-based program received enough money to help pay for college.

Fitzgerald appointment well-received at UI

CHICAGO — A few new vocabulary words for Patrick Fitzgerald:

— A "dashboard" is not a feature in an automobile, but a snapshot of data, such as admissions yields, displayed in a PowerPoint presentation and appearing often at trustee meetings.

— "MOOCs" are massive open, online courses, and they are changing the face of higher education around the world.