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University of Illinois

UI's flash index stays unchanged in August

URBANA – The University of Illinois flash index stayed the same in August after dropping 10 of the preceding 11 months.

But that doesn't mean Illinois' employment numbers will increase any time soon, UI economist J. Fred Giertz said.

UI's Spurlock Museum earns national accreditation

URBANA – The Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois has won national accreditation, recognition that makes it possible to pursue more grants and traveling exhibits.

The museum opened in 2002 as a replacement for the World Heritage Museum, which was housed on the fourth floor of Lincoln Hall. Director Wayne Pitard said the old facility never attained that accreditation because the cramped facilities were not the best conditions for storing valuable artifacts.

Campus senate delays decision on Herman, White

URBANA – Campus leaders have two weeks to consider speeches by the top two University of Illinois administrators.

Several state tax increases take effect today

Next time you take a sip of that Cabernet or nibble on a chocolate bar, you're indirectly paying for state construction projects such as the Lincoln Hall remodeling, improvements to some Vermilion County roads and upgrades to state bicycle trails.

Remarks of chancellor to the UI senate

Here are the unedited remarks of University of Illinois Urbana Chancellor Richard Herman to the UI senate on Monday.

UI food scientist advocates ban on source of trans fat

URBANA – Nearly six decades' worth of research has convinced University of Illinois food scientist Fred Kummerow that trans fat is a major factor in heart disease.

UI's Global Campus staffers given notice of layoffs

URBANA – Virtually the entire University of Illinois Global Campus staff, which services about 500 students in the online education program, has been notified of layoffs.

Meanwhile, the leader of Global Campus has moved back to faculty status but retains the $344,850 salary he earned as administrator, at least for the next year.

UI admissions review has cost $439,000 in legal bills

URBANA – The University of Illinois has spent more than $439,795 on legal bills in the last eight weeks relating to questions about admissions, with the bulk of that going toward answering questions from the governor's Admissions Review Commission.

The UI's chief spokesman, Tom Hardy, said more bills are expected to dribble in. For instance, a Champaign firm, Thomas, Mamer & Haughey LLP, retained to provide advice and assistance related to FOIA requests, has not yet billed the university.

Not all support move to change UI leadership

URBANA – An Urbana campus committee was unanimous in calling for the faculty senate to vote on a letter condemning the University of Illinois' top leadership, but at least a few prominent faculty and student leaders are questioning the move.

The Urbana Senate Executive Committee voted Thursday morning to send on the letter, which suggests that President B. Joseph White and Chancellor Richard Herman leave their positions, with the president going first, in order to restore the university's reputation in the wake of questions about the admissions process.

UI spent over $400,000 on legal fees for Mikva commission

URBANA – The University of Illinois has spent more than $439,795 on legal bills in the last eight weeks relating to questions about admissions, with the bulk of that going toward answering questions from the governor's Admissions Review Commission.

The UI's chief spokesman, Tom Hardy, said more bills are expected to dribble in. For instance, a Champaign firm, Thomas, Mamer & Haughey LLP, retained to provide advice and assistance related to FOIA requests, has not yet billed the university.