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UI planning for background checks for all new employees

An instructor with a violent criminal past wouldn't automatically undergo a background check if hired by the University of Illinois today, but that will change in 2015.

The UI is developing a new policy requiring background checks for all new hires, not just those who work with children or hold "security sensitive" positions, as under current rules.

State Farm Center live webcam up and running

The State Farm Center is the latest University of Illinois building to get its own live-streaming webcam.

The UI's Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the webcam on Thursday afternoon. It's online here.

UI law dean returning to faculty

The dean of the University of Illinois College of Law is stepping down after five years  marked by two ethics investigations of the law school.

Bruce Smith, who was appointed just before news of the "Category I" admissions scandal broke in 2009, will return to the law school faculty, according to a UI news release.

Ponchos in plans for UI commencement, just in case

Cap and gown.

Check.

Obligatory "Thanks, Mom" message.

Check.

Rain poncho.

Check.

Graduation gear is evolving this spring at the University of Illinois, with the first outdoor commencement in four decades.

Ad technology firm opens Research Park office

CHAMPAIGN — A Silicon Valley advertising technology company has opened a space in the University of Illinois Research Park.

Turn, which has about 470 employees in offices around the globe, has leased space in the Atkins Building on South First Street, the building formerly home to Motorola before that company closed its offices in the park.

Vermilion County mounds may be connected to Cahokia

OAKWOOD — For at least 100 years, locals have been aware of several mounds, likely of Native American origin, in a rural part of Oakwood Township, but there's very little truly known about them.

Updated: Decision on Kilgore isn't final

In letter to academic freedom association, Urbana chancellor explains plans for Kilgore review

No clarity on legislative action on pensions

State lawmakers say they'd like to fix a provision in the pension reform law that is prompting thousands of unplanned retirements at state universities, but as the spring legislative session starts it's unclear how quickly a measure will be introduced.

UIC faculty union OKs contract with 6.75% average raises

CHICAGO — Unionized faculty on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus overwhelmingly approved their first contract, an agreement that guarantees raises averaging 6.75 percent combined for the last two years and higher starting salaries for lecturers and instructors.

UI prof discusses implications of U.N. climate change report

Regardless of who's responsible for climate change, the urgent question now is "how to fix it," says a University of Illinois professor who helped draft the latest United Nations report on global climate change.