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URBANA — The city of Urbana is home to far fewer campus bars than Champaign, but Mayor Laurel Prussing is making the rules similar on both sides of Wright Street during Unofficial St. Patrick's Day.
The special rules she ordered under her authority as the city's liquor commissioner for March 2 will apply in reality to only one bar: The Canopy Club at 708 S. Goodwin Ave.
In the summer of 2010, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees convened a retreat to build an agenda for the coming years.
Among the many topics they discussed that July afternoon: What could the university do to recruit more underrepresented students and high-achieving students?
CHAMPAIGN — Over the years she's donned a headband, Olympic medals and the obligatory cap and gown for thousands of graduation photos.
Now Alma Mater is going on sabbatical.
The 93-year-old campus icon will be taken down from her familiar perch at the corner of Wright and Green streets just after this spring's commencement, for up to a year of much-needed R&R.
CHAMPAIGN — Sarah Zehr has been named the winner of the Athena Young Professional Award.
That award is given annually by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce to an "emerging leader" between the ages of 25 and 35.
CHAMPAIGN — The News-Gazette has filed a request with the Illinois attorney general's office to review the University of Illinois' response to the newspaper's recent Freedom of Information Act request.
A request for review is a formal way of asking the public access counselor to determine if a FOIA violation has occurred.
URBANA — Faced with mounting faculty resistance to enrollment management reforms, University of Illinois President Michael Hogan repeatedly pressured campus chancellors to publicly endorse the plan even as they pushed back to retain campus control over admissions, newly released documents show.
A former University of Illinois law dean will be the next president of St. Mary's University in Texas.
Thomas Mengler was named Friday as president of the Catholic university in San Antonio, effective June 1.
He is now dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, where he holds the Ryan Chair in Law.
Recent news from the University of Illinois:
Professor elected to engineering academy
University of Illinois engineering professor James J. Coleman has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.
On a day that seems more like the first blush of spring than winter, Roy Van Arsdall drills a 7/16-inch hole slantways in a sugar maple and fits a metal spout into the tree trunk. An empty milk jug with a hole cut in it fits neatly over the spout, and within seconds sap drips against the plastic.
"It's running," he says with a smile.
SPRINGFIELD — Legendary wheelchair athlete and University of Illinois alumna Jean Driscoll will join the elite group of Illinois residents to receive the state's highest honor.
Lincoln Academy of Illinois officials will present Driscoll and six other residents with Order of Lincoln Medallions at an April 21 ceremony at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.