University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Marching Illini to get permanent practice field

CHAMPAIGN — After more than a century of bouncing from one practice field to another, the Marching Illini will get a permanent practice facility in 2014.

Illinois bands corner

The University of Illinois bands are a beloved institution in Champaign-Urbana. Here is what they are doing this weekend:

SATURDAY

Tuition hike keeps UI's budget rise small: 1.2%

$4.45 billion plan also includes 2.75% raise for most faculty, staff

URBANA — Reflecting a modest growth in tuition revenue and a relatively flat state appropriation, the operating budget for the University of Illinois this year is just over 1 percent higher than last year, representing one of the smallest percentage increases in recent years, according to officials.

Cannon, Davis among speakers for Y Friday Forum

CHAMPAIGN — The University YMCA kicks off its annual Friday Forum lecture series this week with a talk by Darrell Cannon on police torture in Chicago.

The theme for the fall series is " Rethinking Security: Beyond Mass Incarceration."

All lectures are free and start at noon on Fridays in Lazter Hall at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C.

UI researchers involved in dark energy project

URBANA — Since Saturday, a camera atop the Andes Mountains in Chile has been taking pictures of galaxies far, far away while researchers in Urbana have been processing those images and preparing them for scientists to review — in the hopes of one day shedding light on mysterious "dark energy."

'Bud Lab' director describes projects for Research Park facility

CHAMPAIGN — Anheuser-Busch InBev has shed more light on what will go on at "Bud Lab," its new data analytics center in the University of Illinois Research Park.

In a statement, the brewing company said the lab will work to "solve problems ranging from assortment optimization, social media and market trends to large-scale data initiatives."

Flash index holds steady for August

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index remained at 106.5 in August, indicating the state economy's growth rate is no longer speeding up.

The index reading — compiled by economist J. Fred Giertz for the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs — stayed at its highest point since July 2007, when the index stood at 106.7.

A new lease on life for UI barn

SAVOY — A century-old barn that stands in the path of a new solar array planned by the University of Illinois will get new life on a different central Illinois farm.

Family thrilled to see landmark find a new home

CHAMPAIGN — One of Cathy Cruse Revere's prized possessions is a painting of her family's old barn between Champaign and Savoy.

Her sister recently commissioned the painting, by Champaign artist William Roy, as a birthday gift for Revere, who cherishes the memory of her childhood on the family farm.

Scientists transfer more mussels from Pennsylvania

DANVILLE — In less than two days last week, the endangered mussel population in the Vermilion River system increased by 1,000.