University of Illinois
URBANA – A physicist whose interests range from evolution to condensed matter theory to high finance has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
URBANA — A team assigned to look for efficiencies in the University of Illinois Graduate College found the unit essentially working as expected.
Fifteen teams were created in February to look at mostly smaller units at the university, to see whether consolidations or other measures could save money in hard times for the Urbana campus.
SPRINGFIELD – Unable to collect hundreds of millions of dollars owed them by the state, public universities would be able to borrow money for operations under a bill sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday night.
The Senate approved the bill 43-11, hours after the House passed it by a vote of 87-28.
URBANA – Steve Helle admits he's a little bit frightened by all the freedom he's about to have on his hands, taking a buyout from the University of Illinois – and possibly saving a colleague's job.
"I feel like I am jumping out of an airplane and I'm not sure if I have a parachute," said the veteran journalism professor and legal expert.
CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois will open an art gallery in downtown Champaign, prompting a longtime bookseller to close and raising questions about a possible conflict of interest.
URBANA – The University of Illinois announced Wednesday it would end an expensive contract with a private consulting firm a few days after The News-Gazette first disclosed details about the university's relationship with the firm.
URBANA – The chairman of a state commission that investigated University of Illinois admissions abuses says the state may want to appoint a new panel to look into reports that House Speaker Michael Madigan exerted influence on behalf of political allies and campaign donors.
Here is the statement released by House Speaker Michael Madigan:
As a state representative, and as the Speaker of the House, it is unsurprising that people would ask for my assistance in a matter involving state government. One of my responsibilities, when it is appropriate, is to try to be responsive to my constituents and the people of Illinois.
The University of Illinois has announced it will end its relationship with a consulting firm after news about the consultants’ fees prompted faculty and students to question the university’s decision to hire the company in light of budget cuts on campus.
Details of the contract and the consultants’ work were first disclosed in The News-Gazette on Sunday.
News from the home cities (and states) of the Big Ten universities:
MINNESOTA: Journalism teacher asks students to unplug
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A professor at the University of Minnesota asked her students to turn off their iPods, cell phones and laptops and turn on the eight-track players, landlines and typewriters.