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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.

Enrollees have until Monday for state insurance pick

From Friday's News-Gazette

SPRINGFIELD — State employees and retirees will get a little extra time to finish their group health insurance enrollments after all.

SURS switching retirees back to original insurance

CHAMPAIGN — The State Universities Retirement System office has been swamped with anxious retirees who are confused about how to proceed with enrollment in the 90-day health plans. SURS is urging its members to take note:

PersonalCare now available as state insurance package

SPRINGFIELD — A PersonalCare HMO and Open Access Plan are now available to state employees and retirees as 90-day health insurance plans.

The state finalized the contracts and added them to enrollment choices this morning, according to Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services spokesman Mike Claffey.

First 90-day insurance plans available on UI site

SPRINGFIELD — The first of the new 90-day group health insurance plans are available to state employees to begin enrollment.

The University of Illinois just posted the new plans — a Health Alliance Medical Plans HMO and a HealthLink Open Access Plan — on its website.

UI prof wins $500,000 award

URBANA — Innovative materials scientist John Rogers will use a $500,000 prize to do even more research in electronics that work with and fit to the human body.

A physicist, Rogers will receive the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Prize on Wednesday.