University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Consultant outlines ideas for attracting firms owned by minorities, females for UI contracts

URBANA — A consultant is recommending that the University of Illinois "re-brand" its effort to attract businesses owned by women and minorities and devote five more employees to that mission.

Millions to be invested in energy efficiency at UI

SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois will invest millions into boosting the energy efficiency of its facilities and is hiring a firm to develop a plan for how it can meet climate-related goals, such as using more renewable fuels to power the Urbana campus.

Lawmakers ask trustees to keep PTI

New training mission would increase its value, they tell trustees

SPRINGFIELD — Champaign-Urbana lawmakers appealed to University of Illinois trustees Friday to keep the 56-year-old Police Training Institute open in Champaign, outlining a vision for a research-based academy that could be a global leader in fighting cybercrime and researching community policing efforts.

Vision might not fly here for long

URBANA — If you were planning to book a trip to Florida on Vision Airlines after the first week of January, you may be out of luck.

Apparently the discount carrier has discontinued service to Willard Airport after its Jan. 6 flight.

One passenger inconvenienced by the change is Elizabeth Rockman of Urbana.

UI police chief a finalist for UConn job

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois Police Chief Barbara R. O'Connor is a finalist for a similar position at the University of Connecticut.

UI reviewing policies on sex abuse reporting

SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois is reviewing its policies on reporting of sexual abuse cases in light of the recent scandal at Penn State University.

President Michael Hogan said today that he had appointed a small task force, led by University Counsel Tom Bearrows, to inventory the UI's policies, processes, training and educational programs relating to sexual abuse reports.

UI alum to appear on TV game show

Bhibha Das.

Which "Jeopardy!" contestant's name rhymes with "diva"? according to Alex Trebek's notecard.

University of Illinois alumna Das — also Mount Zion class of 1998 valedictorian — met Trebek as a contestant a few months ago.

She will appear on the show this afternoon but was not allowed by the rules of the game to say any more about later appearances.

Flash index heads up in November

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index, which turned down in October, rebounded in November, signaling more strength in the Illinois economy.

The index increased to 98.7 in November, up from 98.3 in October. The index fell in October from the September reading of 98.8, but that was the first monthly decline in 17 months.

UI trustees to consider renovation to Natural History Building

URBANA — A University of Illinois building partially shuttered for a year and a half because of structural problems is next in line for a major facelift.

Legislature finishes fixes to state budget

SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers cleared up a number of fiscal issues Tuesday with the passage of a budget reallocation bill that keeps seven state institutions open through next spring, reimburses the University of Illinois $15.8 million for the operation of scientific surveys and increases funding for grants to college students.