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Some UI faculty want a voice on potential unionization

A University of Illinois professor says faculty members on the Urbana-Champaign campus, who are against the formation of a union, deserve a voice.

Nick Burbules, who is a professor in the College of Education, says he does not support a union for faculty members.

Surgery alleviates pain for partially blind horse

By Sarah Netherton/University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

After suffering repeated episodes of uveitis — an inflammation inside the eye — Chic lost sight in her left eye. Although partial blindness did not stop Chic from being ridden by the young girl who was her owner, the eye did cause the horse pain.

Melissa Merli: Can't wait to see great actors in 'Lost Lake'

I can't wait to see "Lost Lake," the in-development David Auburn play that opens next week in the Studio Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as part of the first Sullivan Project.

My anticipation is based on several reasons.

No. 1: Auburn. He won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for drama for "Proof."

Trustees to seek more faculty input in search for next president

CHICAGO — University of Illinois President Bob Easter's retirement is still more than a year away, but trustees are already thinking about the search for his successor.

They will likely rely more on faculty input and less on an outside search firm than they did when Michael Hogan was hired in 2010, board Chairman Chris Kennedy said Thursday.

'Illinois is still in a bad place,' UI economist reports

CHICAGO — In an appearance before the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday, a UI economist offered a gloomy forecast for the state.

Although unemployment nationally has steadily declined, down to 7 percent in November, the state unemployment rate remains around 8.7 percent, still 3 percentage points above 2008 levels.

LIVE: UI trustees approve tuition, more

Update: 4:05 p.m.

UI Board of Trustees' meeting adjourns after presentation by a student from Beyond Coal, a group pressing the university to divest from any holdings in coal companies. Trustees did not respond, as is the board's practice.


Update: 3 p.m.

UI tuition: Six figures for four years

While relatively small, this year's proposed increase adds to mounting expenses

URBANA — In-state tuition for a new freshman at the University of Illinois next year could cost $12,036 — or as much as $17,040, depending on his field of study.

Room and board will cost $10,180 — or much more if he opts for a single room, air-conditioning or three meals a day.

UI trustees consider finalizing extension, raise for Thomas

CHICAGO — University of Illinois trustees are expected to boost the athletic director's salary and extend his contract today.

If approved, Mike Thomas could potentially earn almost 27 percent more than when he arrived on campus in the fall of 2011.

Campus is no stranger to sexual assaults

12 such offenses reported in 2012

URBANA — College age is a vulnerable age for rape, and local numbers show how much.

Kennedy likely to get another term as UI board chairman

Chris Kennedy has chaired the University of Illinois Board of Trustees since his appointment in 2009, and that's unlikely to change when the board holds its annual election today.

Kennedy is expected to win another term as chairman when trustees meet at the UI's Chicago campus.