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University of Illinois

UI paying for institute while waiting for state money

URBANA — With inaction in Springfield causing a funding drop for its scientific surveys, the University of Illinois is taking responsibility for funding the Prairie Research Institute.

The temporary shortfall amounts to $15.8 million in fiscal 2012.

Scientists awarded grant to continue developing optical device for medical exams

URBANA — Primary-care physicians could be using a handheld device that combines the functions of several tools at once, all linked to massive data storage, within the decade.

The National Institutes of Health have awarded a team led by the University of Illinois $5 million over five years — with a renewal options — to improve the UI's optical tomography tool.

Another academic year begins at UI; here's what you might have missed over the summer

Welcome back, students.

If you're new to town or it's been a while since you've strolled down Green Street or since you've read about what's been happened in recent months in Champaign-Urbana, here's a roundup of what you may have missed.

New leaders

Kneel to the smoothie king: UI's 330 gallons break record

CHAMPAIGN — Take that, Dairy Farmers of Ontario.

On Friday, the University of Illinois broke the record for the world's largest smoothie. And an adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to verify the results and present the certificate to university representatives.

Mahomet man accused of 'pile-driving' UI student

CHAMPAIGN — Police say alcohol was a factor in an attack on a University of Illinois student whose head was bashed on concrete pavement early Thursday on campus.

Andrew E. Brewer, 20, of Mahomet, was charged Thursday with aggravated battery and remained in the county jail Friday in lieu of $150,000 bond.

QR codes come to campus sites

URBANA — Kindly Alma Mater has 58,599 "likes" on Facebook as of Thursday, and the first day of classes hasn't even hit yet.

The popular statue has welcomed University of Illinois students since 1929. Abreast of the times, her social-networking even includes a Twitter account.

County board gives final OK to high-speed rail resolution

Updated 9:10 p.m.

URBANA — The Champaign County Board is now on record in support of Midwest high-speed rail, calling on Congress to “include a program to develop an integrated network of high-speed trains and expanded Amtrak service in the upcoming transportation authorization.”

UI: Don't drive to campus if you don't have to on Thursday

URBANA — University of Illinois officials are encouraging residents of Champaign-Urbana to avoid driving on campus Thursday — even if they work there.

IBM returns $30 million to UI over Blue Waters

CHAMPAIGN — IBM returned $30 million to the University of Illinois Wednesday afternoon, a week after it pulled out of the Blue Waters supercomputer project.

COGFA authorizes one-year insurance negotiation

CHICAGO — A legislative commission Tuesday authorized the Quinn administration to negotiate group health insurance contract extensions with Health Alliance and PersonalCare that will run until June 30, 2012.

But lawmakers also warned the health insurers that they shouldn't expect to get a significant rate increase from the state.