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Tom Kacich: Illinois ties Harvard — in lobbying expenses

The website OpenSecrets.org used the NCAA basketball tournament to highlight the amount of money colleges and universities spend on lobbying in Washington.

The winner of its fifth annual "K Street Classic" is the University of California, which spent $740,000 on lobbying in 2012, easily defeating runner-up University of Pittsburgh at $540,000.

Dog's battle won, now owner fights cancer

URBANA — The veterinarians at the University of Illinois have pulled Keri Bradbury's dog, Nakita, through a near-fatal case of tetanus.

Now it's up to doctors to do what they can for Bradbury.

A 40-year-old Pontiac mother of two, Bradbury said she learned she has colorectal cancer within a day of finding out her dog had tetanus.

Jack Black, 'Bernie' coming to Ebertfest; Swinton, Linklater return

CHAMPAIGN — Tilda Swinton is back, and Jack Black is, well, Jack Black at next month's 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival.

2013 Ebertfest schedule

Some full passes are still available for the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, associate festival director Mary Susan Britt said. And individual tickets go on sale in two weeks.

Legislators question Easter over meeting costs, raises, tuition

SPRINGFIELD — There was no legislative honeymoon for University of Illinois President Robert Easter during his appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Alltop named to lead Champaign-Urbana Symphony

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra has named Stephen Alltop its music director and conductor after a two-year search.

Supporters: UI trustee bill has Senate backing

SPRINGFIELD — Supporters of a plan to share the appointment of members of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees between the governor and the UI Alumni Association believe they can have success, at least in the state Senate, this year.

Bill would give alumni group five UI trustee appointments

SPRINGFIELD — The power to make appointments to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees — now solely the province of the governor — would have to be shared, under legislation approved Tuesday by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

UI, union to meet again next week

Negotiators for the University of Illinois and its building and food service workers will meet again next week.

After two days of negotiations, building and food service workers still don't have a contract agreement with the University of Illinois.

Bar association: Restrict law school loans, redo curricula

CHAMPAIGN — An Illinois Bar Association report says government lending restrictions and a reordering of law school curricula are the best ways to control the growing debt load that law students face.

The report, issued last week after a series of hearings around the state, recommends that: