University of Illinois

University of Illinois

UI index up again in July to 4-year zenith

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index continued its steady upward climb in July, reaching 102.9, its highest point in more than four years.

The index — a weighted average of growth rates in corporate earnings, consumer spending and personal income in Illinois — rose from 102.7 in June, according to a release from the UI Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

UI denies attempt to break visiting academics' union after terminating bargaining deal

URBANA — The University of Illinois has terminated its collective-bargaining agreement with a campus union after the union voted against ratifying what the university has described as its final offer for a new contract.

Prairie on campus will take time

URBANA — Somewhere out there among the unruly crabgrass grow shooting star flowers, asters, wild quinine and more.

It might be hard to see them through the pokeweed and weedy grasses that student interns have been busy yanking out of the ground in the July heat. But they're there: blazing star, milkweed, black-eyed susans.

Director of UI institute to retire

URBANA — The longtime director of the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs plans to retire later this summer.

Robert Rich, director of IGPA from 1986 to 1997 and then again from 2005 until now, said he will retire Aug. 31, for personal, family reasons. He declined to elaborate further.

Alma Mater ready for her road trip

URBANA — After a sweltering summer of waiting, Alma Mater is finally heading up north for a long-overdue vacation.

The iconic University of Illinois sculpture by Lorado Taft will be taken down early next week and shipped to a Chicago-area conservation studio for $100,000 worth of R&R — in this case, repair and renovation.

Kicking the habit completely off campus

DANVILLE — Oftentimes, Danville Area Community College student Dustin Tabor has an urge to light up a cigarette before a difficult class or exam.

"It calms my nerves," the first-year criminal justice student said of his smoking habit, as he took a final drag then threw his butt on the ground on his way into the DACC administration building.

Harvest bountiful at UI student farm

URBANA — Three-and-a-half years after it was first established on campus, the University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm is having its best year ever.

Despite the drought.

On a recent morning, workers and volunteers harvested salad greens, heirloom tomatoes, peppers and plenty of that ubiquitous summer vegetable, the zucchini.

Officials get tour of Rantoul transportation lab

There might be a new definition of the term "road hog" in the future of America's highways, state transportation officials and legislators learned this week in Rantoul.

Swine manure appears to be the latest product to be studied for use in pavement construction.

Lincoln returns to Lincoln Hall

URBANA — Abe and his famous nose are back.

After more than a year in exile, the bronze bust of the 16th president once again sits in his gold-leafed niche on the marble staircase just outside Lincoln Hall's ornately restored theater.

Shooting suspect was accepted to UI, visited campus

James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people at a Colorado movie theater last weekend, was accepted by the Neuroscience Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and visited campus within the last two years, The News-Gazette has learned.

It wasn't clear when Holmes applied to the UI, and university officials refused to confirm the information Wednesday.