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Friday Forum series to address public education

CHAMPAIGN — This fall, the University YMCA's Friday Forum lecture series will address the subject of public education, the relationship between education and society and the challenges of improving education.

Friday Forum is a free, weekly lecture series open to the public and held during the fall and spring semesters.

UI has all sorts of apps to help dorm dwellers stay plugged in

University of Illinois students who live in the residence halls have more options to rarely leave their rooms.

Want to know how many calories there are in the lemon mist cake in the cafeteria? Want to see if there's a dryer free? Check on a package?

Kirsten Ruby, who works in UI Housing as assistant director for marketing, says there's an app for that.

Interim vice president gets job permanently at UI

Following six months as an interim, Lawrence B. Schook was named Friday as vice president for research at the University of Illinois.

His promotion to interim vice president was announced in February.

Enrollment for state insurance planned for October

SPRINGFIELD — A second enrollment period has been set for Oct. 10-28 for employees and retirees covered under the state's group insurance plans, the state's Central Management Services office has announced.

UI budget rises by 5.2 percent

URBANA — The operating-budget request of the University of Illinois, which has hovered just below $5 billion in recent years, will top that mark by $11 million in fiscal year 2012, up by 5.2 percent from the year before.

Last year, the UI asked that its fiscal 2011 operating budget grow by 3.9 percent in its $4.8 billion request.

MTD ridership up 9 percent from previous year

CHAMPAIGN — The reason or reasons are a mystery, but Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District officials are reporting record bus ridership in August including three days when they carried more than 50,000 users.

According to preliminary numbers given to MTD board members Wednesday, August ridership was around 780,000, about 9 percent more than the 714,304 a year earlier.

Lawmakers see shot to kill scholarships

CHAMPAIGN — There's new momentum to eliminate the controversial General Assembly scholarship program, three local state representatives said Tuesday.

UI nears halfway point to finding $60 million in savings

The University of Illinois is nearly halfway to its goal of saving $60 million over three years by centralizing functions and eliminating waste.

So far, $26 million in savings have been found, up from $12 million at the beginning of the calendar year. About half of the savings stem from one area, centralized purchasing, and another $6 million-plus comes from information technology.

UI's Urbana campus considers electronic communications policy

URBANA — The Urbana campus has never had a formal policy on electronic communications and will soon enact one that could be a model for all three campuses of the University of Illinois.

UI student farm to have open house

URBANA — The University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm will hold an open house later this week.

The open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the farm, which is located near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Windsor Road in south Urbana.