University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Senate to vote on whether UI chancellor and president should leave

URBANA — A University of Illinois panel is asking the UI Senate to vote on recommending both the president and chancellor should leave.

The executive committee of the University of Illinois senate unanimously passed on the statement to the full Senate after almost two hours in closed session Thursday.

UI President White says he had considered resigning

CHAMPAIGN – The president of the University of Illinois considered resigning this summer in the wake of admissions scandals, but decided the move would do more harm than good to the university.

B. Joseph White spoke to The News-Gazette editorial board Wednesday about the last three months of scrutiny, which he likened to living in a fishbowl, as well as about the end of Global Campus and budget problems with the state that have yet to be resolved.

Campus police driving home safety message

URBANA – For more than 20 years, Skip Frost has watched pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists from his patrol car on the University of Illinois campus.

While the distractions to those groups may have changed over the years, the UI police lieutenant said the common-sense caveat he gives has not.

Danville council considers tax relief for two businesses

DANVILLE – City officials are working to finalize sales tax rebate agreements that will help two of the city's newest retailers, but only if the businesses remain in the community.

Suspected H1N1 flu reported at UI

URBANA – More than a dozen University of Illinois students have been sick with suspected H1N1 flu virus since classes started on Monday, a UI official said.

Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of UI McKinley Health Center, said none of the students has been hospitalized, and it's likely all the students brought the virus with them rather than picking it up somewhere on campus.

Senate Executive Committee to discuss admissions report

URBANA – A University of Illinois committee is trying to determine how the Urbana campus senate should respond to the so-called "Category I" admissions scandal.

The 15-member Senate Executive Committee will be meeting in a closed session on Thursday morning to discuss how to respond to the Mikva Commission's final report to Gov. Pat Quinn. The governor appointed the commission, headed by former federal Judge Abner Mikva of Chicago, after The News-Gazette and the Chicago Tribune reported earlier this year that students championed by UI trustees, Illinois lawmakers and donors gained admission into the university after being rejected or wait-listed by the normal admissions process.

Committee wants more input on admissions

URBANA – A University of Illinois committee is seeking stricter controls over the admissions process.

The Senate Executive Committee, which includes administrators, faculty and students, approved revised recommendations Monday by voice vote. There was no discussion.

California rock comes to UI Research Park on Friday

CHAMPAIGN – Some California dreamin' will likely be happenin' at the Hot Buttered Rum concert on Friday evening at the University of Illinois Research Park.

People expecting to hear Hot Buttered Rum – all five members live in California – play "progressive" or "high-altitude" bluegrass might be surprised.

Newcomers unfazed by UI's campus crisis

CHAMPAIGN – A summer of controversy about the University of Illinois' admissions system didn't dampen any spirits at the new student convocation Friday.

On a cool, blustery summer day, about 7,200 students gathered at the Assembly Hall to hear Chancellor Richard Herman and other UI speakers welcome them to campus.

UI, Wisconsin in tie for 39th best on magazine's list

URBANA – The University of Illinois has once again been recognized as one of the great state schools, along with Big Ten rivals Michigan and Wisconsin.