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President Hogan: Raises yes, furloughs no

CHICAGO — On the anniversary of his first day here, University of Illinois President Michael Hogan said that despite continuing economic problems, he is determined not to impose furlough days on UI employees next year, and that staff raises are forthcoming.

UI getting more advanced alert system

URBANA — The University of Illinois is replacing its 2-year-old Illini-Alert notification system with a more advanced system that police say will provide instant updates about campus threats on multiple platforms.

The UI signed a two-year contract this week with Rave Mobile Safety of Massachusetts, which provides services to more than 300 universities across the country.

UI's new halftime commercials tout graduates

The Wall Street Journal didn't exactly say employers would be "blown away" if they hire University of Illinois graduates — but this is television, after all.

The latest UI halftime commercials wrapped up filming on campus Wednesday, and strong breezes and windswept hair were the order of the day.

New provost picked for UI-Chicago

CHICAGO — A veteran professor and administrator will be the next provost at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Lon Kaufman, a plant biologist, was named Wednesday as vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, effective Aug. 15. The selection must be approval by the UI Board of Trustees.

Website focuses on long-term care options

The baby boomer generation hit retirement age this year, with the first official boomer turning 65 on Jan. 1, 2011.

Another 10,000 are added each day, and with that milestone come new worries about long-term care for their parents, spouses or themselves.

University Y plans alternative orientation for UI students

CHAMPAIGN — New freshmen can experience the University of Illinois from an activist's aspect this summer.

The University YMCA is revisiting its "Freshman Camp" tradition, which goes back to the 1920s, with a new program called Alternative Orientation.

Urbana council raises campus parking rates

URBANA — The cost of using parking meters in the Urbana portion of the University of Illinois campus area will go up next month.

The Urbana City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to approve a plan to increase parking meter rates in the campus area.

Feral cats travel far and wide

Left to their own feline devices, feral cats wander a wide, wide area, and eat a variety of foods, including some left by humans.

House cats? No so much.

A two-year University of Illinois study has found that one of 42 adult cats tracked with a radio collar traveled on a range of 1,351 acres south of Champaign and Urbana.

Urbana council to vote on higher campus parking fees

URBANA — Council members are scheduled to act Monday on an plan to increase parking meter rates in the University of Illinois campus area and to restrict certain liquor licenses, and to take their first look at a 48-unit planned unit development in south Urbana at the site of the old Windsor Swim Club.

Some insurance help available over the weekend

URBANA — Some limited weekend assistance will be available for those state employees and retirees who haven't yet completed their health insurance enrollment.