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Black renews call for end to legislative scholarships

In the wake of another round of disclosures about abuses in Illinois' General Assembly Scholarship program, state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, said he is renewing his call to abolish the program.

Both the Associated Press and Chicago Tribune have run recent stories about lawmakers who have given scholarships to the children of political supporters.

St. Joseph man injured in rollover accident

A St. Joseph man was injured in a rollover accident early Wednesday southwest of St. Joseph.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Coffey said Wesley Stites, 22, was driving a van east on County Road 1400 N near 1950 E at 2:30 a.m. when he drifted right, overcorrected left and ran off the road. The van rolled over several times.

Trustees set to pick interim UI president

URBANA – One week after B. Joseph White resigned as president of the University of Illinois, the UI Board of Trustees is moving ahead on plans to choose his successor.

For UI alumus working at Pixar, filmmaking 'hard fun'

CHAMPAIGN – Making a Pixar animated film might take five years of hard, collaborative work, but gee, the Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif., sure seems like a nice place to work.

University of Illinois alumnus Michael "wave" B. Johnson, who leads the acclaimed studio's Moving Picture Group, showed photographs of the Pixar workplace during a talk he gave Tuesday on the UI campus on Pixar history and culture and its production pipeline.

Fellow UI students bid farewell to shooting victim

URBANA – Fellow University of Illinois students described 19-year-old Tyrone Williams as a kind man who aspired someday to become a lawyer.

Mr. Williams, 19, was fatally shot Friday outside a home on the west side of Chicago along with his 17-year-old cousin, Percy Day.

UI alumnus, Pixar leader to speak on filmmaking

CHAMPAIGN – The leader of the Moving Picture Group at Pixar Animation Studios will speak at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 141 at Wohlers Hall, 1206 S. Sixth St., C.

Michael Johnson, a University of Illinois alumnus, will give a talk titled, "Making Movies is Hard Fun – Building Tools for Telling Stories." The talk, part of the Design Matters series, is free and open to the public.

Major alumni, donors sorry to see UI's White go

URBANA – With his proffered resignation, University of Illinois President B. Joseph White has moved an admissions scandal toward its resolution, but his legacy is unwritten.

Should the board of trustees accept his resignation as president effective Dec. 31, White will stay on as a professor of business.

UI's day-to-day operations continue despite turmoil at top

URBANA – The University of Illinois president may have announced his resignation.

The fate of the Urbana campus chancellor may be unclear.

UI team wins grant to do energy audits

CHAMPAIGN – A team of students from the University of Illinois has won a $50,000 grant to help prospective tenants in the Champaign-Urbana area learn the energy efficiency of apartments they might rent.

With the Ford College Community Challenge grant, the students hope to build an online database that would show the energy efficiency of rental properties in the community.

New job could pay White $300,000

URBANA – University of Illinois trustees may meet in Urbana next week to act on President B. Joseph White's resignation and related matters, including a revised contract that could pay him $300,000 annually.

Chairman Christopher Kennedy is trying to schedule a meeting Oct. 3, during the annual weekend gathering of the University of Illinois Foundation in Urbana, according to Trustees Lawrence Oliver and Ed McMillan.