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UI senate rejects Aviation closure

URBANA -- An effort to shutter the Institute of Aviation stalled Monday when the faculty/student senate voted narrowly against the recommendation of closure.

The senate has been meeting for the entire school year on a proposal by Urbana campus interim Chancellor Robert Easter and interim Provost Richard Wheeler to discontinue aviation studies at the University of Illinois.

White House chief of staff to be UI speaker

CHAMPAIGN -- William M. Daley, the new White House chief of staff, will be the speaker at the 140th University of Illinois Commencement on May 15.

He will speak at the 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies at the Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C.

Daley has been the chief of staff since January, when he was appointed by President Obama.

Spring Pet Wash 2011: A benefit for the Champaign County Humane Society

The Omega Tau Sigma annual spring Pet Wash to benefit the Champaign County Humane Society at the UI Vet school in Urbana on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Last fall, a pet wash held by the group raised $1,600 for the Humane Society.

UI official resigns over changes

URBANA -- A top information officer at the University of Illinois has resigned to protest administrative changes that she fears could harm the Urbana campus' status as a world leader in information technology.

Sally Jackson, chief information officer for the campus, resigned that post on April 8, though she will remain as professor and associate provost.

UI picks up new athletics sponsor

CHAMPAIGN -- The University of Illinois has a new athletics sponsor, and officials are expecting the new partnership to bring in half a million dollars in the first year for Illini sports.

And it's not a traditional, advertisement-in-the-stadium-type of sponsorship.

State denies N-G request for records on insurance contract

URBANA -- Documents that may shed some light on the selection of health insurers for state employees and retirees are being kept private, at least for now.

Life Remembered: Kirchner brought energy, passion to life's work

URBANA – Robert Kirchner is remembered as a tireless and passionate fighter in both political and legal circles.

Mr. Kirchner, 54, of Urbana died Sunday morning. Friends said he apparently had a heart attack.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, 1900 Philo Road, U.

Strike by building-, food-service workers at UI averted

URBANA A strike by building- and food-service workers at the University of Illinois was averted when union members voted to approve a tentative contract.

Service Employees International Union Local 73 Field Organizer Ricky Baldwin announced that union members voted Saturday and Sunday to approve the two-year contract.

Fourth-graders go digital in Danville

DANVILLE -- At a school where cellphones, iPods and hand-held video games are banned, one teacher actually is encouraging her students to power on one of the hottest new electronic gadgets during class.

Southwest Elementary School teacher Wendy Heeren recently introduced Kobo wireless e-readers in her classroom to boost literacy among her 19 fourth-graders.

The Mystery of the Vanishing Abe

URBANA -- Who stole Abe Lincoln?

His statue, that is.

We still don't know who took the Lincoln Bust from Lincoln Hall back in 1979, and who told police where to find it a few days later, on a tree stump in the old UI golf course on Florida Avenue.