University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Surgeon to try to fix whooping crane's broken leg

URBANA – Number 26 managed to fly from Florida to central Illinois in a handful of days. That's 1,136 miles by Mapquest's count, though whooping cranes probably find a faster route.

Anyway, not bad for an endangered species, and a young member of the species at that.

Illinois Reform Commission says time is ripe for change

CHAMPAIGN – If Illinois is ever going to clean up its image as a corrupt state, there's no better time than now, three members of Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Reform Commission said Monday.

"The scandals make this a much better climate to achieve change, make people angry in a real and tangible way," said David Hoffman, the inspector general of the city of Chicago and one of three reform commission members to attend a two-hour hearing Monday before about 60 people at the University of Illinois law school. "There are windows of opportunity in terms of achieving change. There's no question this one of them. I don't know if we're the only state in the union that has had back-to-back governors, one convicted and one indicted. My guess is that's never happened before."

UI's interim business dean made permanent

CHAMPAIGN – It took two searches spanning more than a year for the University of Illinois to find a new dean for the College of Business.

When it did, the choice was Lawrence DeBrock, who's been a faculty member and administrator in the college for 30 years, most recently as interim dean.

Faculty member named dean of UI College of Business

CHAMPAIGN – Lawrence DeBrock, a longtime University of Illinois faculty member and administrator, has been named dean of the UI's College of Business, pending approval by the UI Board of Trustees May 21 in Chicago.

DeBrock, 56, has been interim dean since 2008, when former dean Avijit Ghosh was named vice president for technology and economic development.

Governor's reform commission to visit UI next week

CHAMPAIGN – Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Reform Commission will come to the University of Illinois College of Law next week for a town hall meeting to hear suggestions for cleaning up state government.

The session will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Max L. Rowe Auditorium at the law school, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave., C. The meeting is open to the public.

UI College of Veterinary Medicine to host open house

URBANA – The 2009 University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Open House will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with more than 300 veterinary students offering a behind-the-scenes look at the care and treatment of animals.

The Urbana campus has the state's only veterinary college.

UI wrestling coach leaves for top job at county YMCA

CHAMPAIGN – From now on, Mark Johnson will be pinning down donors.

The University of Illinois wrestling coach is stepping down after 17 years at the school to become chief executive officer of the Champaign County YMCA.

Anonymous UI benefactor helping victims' families

URBANA – A person affiliated with the University of Illinois has offered to make a large contribution to a fundraiser for the families of three Eastern Illinois University graduate students killed in an accident last week.

UI will try to avoid large tuition increase

URBANA – The University of Illinois' president said this week the university will try to avoid a large tuition hike.

A UI spokesman said it's too early to put a number to it, but it's likely to be significantly less than the 9 percent raise last year.

Audit shows UI has room to improve on energy spending

URBANA – The state auditor general wants the University of Illinois to make more progress on its energy spending and monitoring.

A state compliance audit, released Thursday, shows the UI spent $7.5 million more than was budgeted for energy in fiscal year 2008.