URBANA – Union members unhappy with raises awarded to University of Illinois employees will stage a rally Thursday – in the middle of move-in day for new students.
UI President B. Joseph White last month announced raises averaging 2 percent for UI faculty and 1.5 percent for other staff, citing a tight budget and increasing costs, particularly on the energy front.
URBANA – If you work at the University of Illinois, or plan to be anywhere near campus Thursday, you might want to alter your commute.
Take a bus. Walk, Carpool. Ride your bike. Run screaming. Stay home.
MONTICELLO – The state has bought 151 acres of forest near Allerton Park and intends to do essentially nothing with it – to the benefit of hunters, canoeists and wildlife.
The University of Illinois hadn't been doing anything with it, either, keeping one of the few woodland remnants in Piatt County in much the same condition as longtime owner Robert Allerton did. (Six acres of it have been farmed).
CHAMPAIGN – If you're going to name something after Larry Smarr, why not a supercomputer?
Smarr – best known in Champaign-Urbana as the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications – returned to town this week for a ceremony dedicating a supercomputer in his honor.
URBANA – Type in a professor's name on the University of Illinois Web site's "people" search, and the familiar "uiuc.edu" e-mail address pops up.
No big change there, but that's the problem. The UI is in the process of switching to a new Web address and domain name, "illinois.edu," one more closely identified with the campus, according to market research.
CHAMPAIGN – City council members gave their enthusiastic backing Tuesday night to creation of a car-sharing program in Champaign-Urbana, despite the fact that it could wind up costing the city thousands of dollars if drivers don't use it.
Meeting in study session, Champaign council members voted 8-0 in favor of directing staff to complete an intergovernmental agreement with Urbana, the University of Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, all of whom will share equally in the costs, and risks, of the car-sharing program.
URBANA – Comcast cable subscribers who are fans of Big Ten sports can soon get their kicks on Channel 66.
Beginning Friday, Comcast will carry the Big Ten Network as part of its expanded basic lineup, with the network airing on Channel 66, said Melody Brucker, Comcast's Champaign-Urbana District director.
URBANA – The University of Illinois Alumni Association is about to get a whole lot bigger.
Every UI student, past or present, is now automatically a member, no dues required.
CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois police acting deputy chief Skip Frost said word of a suspicious letter at a campus administration office put him on alert Tuesday, but it turned out to be as harmless as it was odd.
A call to UI police came from the Office of Business and Financial Services, 801 S. Wright St., C, at 1:23 p.m. Tuesday, he said. "It came as a suspicious letter," said Frost, a long-time member of the UI-Champaign Police Ordnance Disposal team, commonly known as a "bomb squad."
Discount Gas, 102 S. Mattis Ave., C, is planning to start a remodeling project toward the end of this month.
The Chicago-based owner, Salim Patel, said his plans include removing the old repair service bays and expanding the convenience store. A new liquor license courtesy of the city will allow him to begin package sales.