University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Writing, history scholar to take over as Indian Studies director

CHAMPAIGN – Robert Warrior first visited the University of Illinois in 1992 to talk about contemporary issues facing American Indians – economic development, tribal government reform and the like.

Most of his audience wanted to talk about Chief Illiniwek. A visit in 1996 turned out much the same way.

Jobless rates down from January, up from 2007

February unemployment rates in East Central Illinois tended to be down slightly from January, but up from a year ago, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported.

Champaign County's rate was 5.2 percent in February, down from 5.8 percent in January but up from 4.3 percent in February 2007.

UI leads in number of foreign students

CHAMPAIGN – Seung yeoul Lee, sipping on a Sunny D in a University of Illinois office, followed a pipeline direct from South Korea to John Street.

Lee, whose UI graduate work was in metals, has a friend who graduated from the UI two years earlier.

Interest costs hamper UI amid credit crisis

URBANA – The national credit crisis is costing the University of Illinois money – $30,000 to $50,000 a week in interest costs – and forcing the school to restructure some of its short-term debt.

Trustees this week gave administrators broad authority to rework up to $110 million of "variable rate demand bonds" backed by two troubled bond insurance companies.

UI trustees call for 'Bill of Health'

URBANA – The University of Illinois is asking legislators for a multimillion-dollar "Illinois Bill of Health" to tend to its financially ailing medical school and health sciences programs.

If the special appropriation is approved by legislators, the state would provide another $50 million annually, phased in over five years, to support education of doctors, dentists, nurses and other health professionals.

Tuition hike at UI approved 'reluctantly'

URBANA – They're not happy about it, but University of Illinois trustees approved a 9.5 percent hike in tuition costs for next school year.

Before voting unanimously Wednesday to raise tuition to $9,242 annually for new students, trustees agonized about the impact on affordability, especially for middle-class families who don't qualify for financial aid.

Study: Global warming might help insects in war on plants

When University of Illinois researchers found that soybean plants heavily exposed to carbon dioxide at an open-air lab here suffered more insect damage – and that the insects damaging them lived longer – they wondered what was behind the effects.

UI trustees consider proposed hikes in tuition, fees

URBANA – Tuition rates for in-state freshmen could jump nearly 10 percent at the University of Illinois next year, and fees are slated to rise 6 percent.

UI trustees will meet Wednesday to consider a package of tuition and fee proposals, including a 9.5 percent increase in the general tuition rate for new undergraduates at the Urbana campus. That cost, now at $4,220 a semester, would rise by $401 to $4,621, or $9,242 a year.

Conference will explore debt in U.S.

URBANA – The University of Illinois College of Law is planning a two-day conference on debt in May in cooperation with the American Bankruptcy Institute.

The conference will look at debt not as a problem or a solution, but as a phenomenon, a UI news release said.

Allerton Park bereft of volunteers as UI explores options for its future

MONTICELLO – The pathways and gardens of Allerton Park lie quietly now, quiet and very wet.

On a normal spring break, they'd still be a bit hushed, but students would be scattered through the park, filling patches of it with their noise and busyness. They would be volunteers, trading their work for room and board while the University of Illinois is on break. They would spend days planting, clearing gardens, moving supplies – pretty much anything necessary in the large park with endless upkeep.