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Studio Visit: Tito Carrillo

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with Tito Carrillo, a professor of trumpet at the University of Illinois. In the Sept. 2 newspaper, we'll have a visit with Alan Mette, executive associate director of the University of Illinois School of Art + Design. 

Admissions-scandal effects muted so far at UI law school

CHAMPAIGN — Like other law students, James McCaughan was dismayed when the College of Law announced last year that an assistant dean had fudged several years' worth of admissions data — a key factor in law school rankings.

And like other students, his immediate concern was whether it might hurt his job prospects after graduation.

Global recession, glut of attorneys blamed for drop

Nationally, applications to law school have dropped by 12.5 percent this year, continuing a general downward trend that began in 2005, according to the Law School Admission Council.

UI scientists moving mussels from Pennsylvania to area rivers

URBANA — When you're a mussel and you absolutely positively have to get from the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania to a holding tank at the University of Illinois as soon as possible, call research scientists Kevin Cummings and Jeremy Tiemann with the Illinois Natural History Survey.

"We're like the mussel FedEx people," said Cummings.

Ex-senator Feingold first in Fall 2012 Friday Forum series

CHAMPAIGN — Russ Feingold, a former U.S. senator from Wisconsin, will launch the University YMCA's Friday Forum series next month.

St. Mary's Road reopens just in time for start of UI football season

CHAMPAIGN — Just in time for the first Fighting Illini home football game of the season, St. Mary's Road is open and ready for traffic.

The road had been closed since early July from Fourth Street to Lincoln Avenue while the University of Illinois rebuilt the two-lane road.

2nd installment of Champaign County property taxes due Tuesday

URBANA — The second installment of Champaign County real-estate taxes is due by Tuesday, according to Champaign County Treasurer Dan Welch.

Hours at the treasurer's office at 1776 E. Washington St., U, will be extended until 5 p.m. Tuesday. And the office also will be open during the noon hour.

Urbana police cordon off area next to grade school for abandoned suitcase

URBANA — For the second time in as many days, someone has left a suitcase in a public place, raising fear that it could contain explosives.

Wednesday morning, it was on the corner of Cedar and Oregon streets near Leal School in the heart of Urbana.

Lt. Bob Fitzgerald said at 8:44 a.m., a neighbor called to report seeing a suitcase on a sidewalk on the east side of Leal School.

Farmland values still strong, but increases slowing, survey says

URBANA — Illinois farmland values are continuing to rise but at a slower rate than in 2011, according to a mid-year survey by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

UI sergeant's humility shines in acceptance of medal

URBANA — Matt Ballinger asked his boss if he really had to attend a ceremony in Springfield this week to collect his medal of honor.

"That's just not my thing. It's pretty awkward," said the University of Illinois police sergeant who has been credited for saving eight people who were asleep in a burning home in Urbana more than two years ago.