University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Report: Illinois' budget picture will be bleak for years

URBANA — Even if lawmakers extend an income tax increase that is supposed to expire in January 2015, Illinois' structural budget shortfall is so bad that it will continue to deteriorate to at least 2025, according to University of Illinois economists.

UI to return to systematic reviews of campus units

URBANA — With a new campus strategic plan fresh in hand, the University of Illinois is launching a program to review every academic department on a regular basis.

The plan is to examine all 80 academic departments on an eight-year cycle, or roughly 10 per year, said Associate Provost Barbara Wilson. The first three reviews will be done this year as part of a pilot project.

Paper on comics leads to 'wild, crazy and fun' time for UI professor

CHAMPAIGN — As a comics scholar, Carol Tilley had read Fredric Wertham's book "Seduction of the Innocent," a touchstone of the U.S. anti-comics movement of the 1950s and '60s.

She felt somewhat indifferent to the archenemy of comics, though. She considered Wertham just part of the landscape.

UI events mark 100th anniversary of Indian cinema

URBANA — In observance of the 100th anniversary of Indian cinema, the University of Illinois Library presents "Past, Present, Future: Indian Cinema at 100," a semester-long program of events including screenings of key films, public forums on Indian film and popular culture, and an appearance by filmmaker and activist Onir.

Conservator updates progress on Alma Mater

URBANA — The man in charge of restoring the historic Alma Mater sculpture has some advice for the University of Illinois: Don't wait 32 years before the next repair project.

The sculpture will need annual maintenance to prevent the kind of corrosive damage found when Alma was lifted off her base last August, said Andrzej Dajnowski, lead conservator on the $360,000 project.

University of Illinois homecoming 2013

The University of Illinois is celebrating homecoming this weekend. 

Here's a look at the festivities that begin with a parade Friday night. Our photographers will update this gallery this evening.

Registration opens for UI winter language program

URBANA — The University of Illinois has begun registration for its winter foreign language program.

Illinois bands corner

The University of Illinois bands are a beloved institution in Champaign-Urbana. Here is what they are doing this weekend:


7 p.m.: Basketball band at Illinois men vs. McKendree, State Farm Center


Committee chair recommends no changes in UI labor school for now

SPRINGFIELD — The chairman of a state House committee said the University of Illinois shouldn't make any changes to its School of Labor and Employment Relations until at least June 2015.

The UI is considering merging the small school into a larger college, possibly the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the College of Business.

Corn, soybeans both past halfway mark for harvesting

A roundup of agricultural news:

SPRINGFIELD — More than half the state's corn and soybean crops had been harvested as of Sunday, and much of it was looking good.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service said 51 percent of the Illinois corn crop and 68 percent of the soybean crop had been harvested.