University of Illinois

University of Illinois

UI officials urge cooperation on classifying employees

URBANA — Let's sit down and work it out.

That was the message several university officials delivered Thursday to the state board weighing a proposal to take the decision-making authority away from universities when it comes to their hiring of certain employees called academic professionals.

UI flash index hits highest point in 5 years

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index in December rose to its highest point in more than five years.

The index, considered a barometer of the Illinois economy, climbed to 104.6 in December 2012, up from 103.9 in November.

That was the highest it had been since September 2007.

A Life Remembered: Microbiologist Woese was unconventional thinker

URBANA — Carl Woese thought about things a lot.

And when a question or problem drew his attention, he would ponder it not for weeks or months, but for years.

July 4th fireworks to go back to UI

CHAMPAIGN — This year's Independence Day fireworks will be back at the University of Illinois, and the 5K race and parade will be moved up two hours to avoid the heat, the new president of the Champaign County Freedom Celebration Committee said Monday.

Second-chance 'store': UI's property surplus warehouse

URBANA — You're a creative director on campus and you need props for a project, but your budget is essentially zilch.

What do you do? "Shop" at the University of Illinois property surplus warehouse, of course.

Who should classify UI's hires? Hearing set

URBANA — Civil service employee or academic professional?

University managers currently decide how their employees are classified, but state universities could be stripped of that power in 2013.

A public hearing has been scheduled on a proposal to have the authority solely in the hands of the state agency that oversees civil-service hiring at state universities.

Visionary UI biologist Carl Woese, 84, dies

Carl Woese, the University of Illinois microbiology professor credited with the discovery of a “third domain” of life, died Sunday at his home in Urbana. He was 84.

Eagle found near Sadorus rehabilitating broken wing in Decatur

By The Associated Press and The News-Gazette

DECATUR — A rare golden eagle found in a rural Sadorus field with a broken wing has been undergoing rehabilitation at the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur.

The 8-pound bird, now named Midas, was found Oct. 25.

Urbana after-school programs benefit from projects of UI class

URBANA — In a gym transformed by huge potted plants and camouflage fabric and with music like "Eye of the Tiger" blasting, Leal elementary students became contestants in their own version of a reality show.

UI YMCA raising funds for bike share program

The University of Illinois YMCA will soon give you an opportunity to get around town a little easier, but the group needs your help to do it.

The Y and the UI College of Engineering are raising money to create a bike-sharing program called Y-Cycle.