University of Illinois

University of Illinois

UI trustees will gather info to plot future of Willard Airport

URBANA – The University of Illinois is weighing its options for the future of Willard Airport, including the possibility of creating an airport authority to run it.

In an "unstable" industry with high fuel costs, rising fares and fees and airline bankruptcies, "we've sustained our ability to survive at this point," said Mike Bass, UI associate vice president for capital programs and real estate services. "But no one knows what the future will bring," he said.

Fire rescue crews called to assist injured worker

CHAMPAIGN – Fire rescue crews were sent to help a construction worker who fell at the University of Illinois Activities and Recreation Center, 201 E. Peabody Drive, this morning.

Champaign fire Lt. Jim Lievano said the man was replacing sheathing on the roof and fell about 12 feet through a small hole into the attic area of the building.

Illinois treasurer visits UI to warn about credit card offers

URBANA – University of Illinois student Joanna Zahn thought she'd outsmarted a credit card solicitor when she supplied a fake address and Social Security number – all in the quest to get the free Subway sandwich promised in a coupon.

She never got the card, but to her surprise the information showed up on her credit report, and she had to make the effort to close the account and get it off her record.

University of Illinois Press hosting national group's book show

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois Press is hosting the 2008 Book Show of the Association of American University Presses through Sept. 19 at its offices at 1325 S. Oak St., C.

The show features 45 winning books and 30 winning cover designs, on view during business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A reception will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials working on final details to make Zipcars available

CHAMPAIGN – The first Zipcar in town is a burgundy box on wheels called a Scion xB.

Its driver is Jenny Larios Berlin, the hourly car rental firm's general manager for universities.

It's Your Business: This Is It banks on megastore appeal

This Is It Furniture is going LARGER LARGER LARGER.

In fact, pretty soon owner Mike Namoff won't even be calling it a store anymore.

UI baritone, wife to perform at 9/11 memorial concert

URBANA – The University of Illinois School of Music has moved its 9/11 memorial performance from Smith Memorial Hall to the much larger Foellinger Great Hall in Krannert Center this year.

Could it be because Nathan Gunn will sing?

Memorial Stadium documentary premieres Tuesday on WILL

CHAMPAIGN – A never-before-seen interview with Harold "Red" Grange, Illinois' legendary football hero, is part of a documentary about Memorial Stadium.

WILL-TV, Channel 12, will broadcast the "Memorial Stadium: True Illini Spirit" program for the first time at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Do you know where to go at the renovated Memorial Stadium?

CHAMPAIGN – If you pay even a little attention to the University of Illinois' campus or football team, you're probably expecting a few changes at Memorial Stadium.

If you check out our sports department's special section devoted to the project – it's included in today's paper – you'll get an idea of just how dramatic the transformation is.

But before you dig in, here are some details you might want to review before heading out to watch the Illini take on the Eastern Illinois University Panthers.

Team building a better wheelchair for Paralympic athletes

URBANA – Inside a nondescript building in the middle of a parking lot, scientists are using a giant wind tunnel to figure out how to make disabled athletes move faster – starting with several of the University of Illinois athletes competing at the Beijing Paralympic Games starting today.

When those athletes start competing, Greg Busch will be watching.