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Secrets aren't for everyone

Mum's the word at Illinois, but others take open approach

CHARLESTON — In early 2007 when Eastern Illinois University was looking for a new president, the search committee narrowed its list of candidates to three.

New choir, orchestra offering vesper series

URBANA — A Champaign native and recent University of Illinois graduate in music has created the Urbana Bach Cantatas Project, the first professional choir in Champaign-Urbana that will be accompanied by an orchestra of a dozen or so musicians, all performing on period instruments from the 1700s.

Crops look good; farmers' returns, not so much

A roundup of agricultural news:

URBANA — Crops are looking good so far, but the outlook for farmers' returns this year appears bleak.

That's the word from University of Illinois agricultural economist Gary Schnitkey, who recently reported that farmers could be looking at negative returns on cash-rent farmland this year.

Operation on schedule, weather or not

CHAMPAIGN — Despite a soggy month so far, the renovation of State Farm Center remains on schedule.

To-do list for future med school a long one

URBANA — Drawing on a cooking analogy, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said the proposal for a new, engineering-focused medical school in Champaign-Urbana is "still being baked."

In fact, not all the ingredients have been mixed together yet.

"There's a lot more work to be done," she said Wednesday while meeting with a group of faculty in Urbana.

Dean named for Labor and Employment Relations at UI

CHAMPAIGN — Interim dean Fritz Drasgow has been named the permanent dean of the University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations.

Updated: 2.5% raises ahead for most UI employees

UPDATED AT 5 P.M.

CHAMPAIGN — Most University of Illinois employees can expect to receive average raises of 2.5 percent later this summer, an amount that is in line with those in recent years.

The university's merit-based general salary program calls for raises of 2.5 percent, effective with the new academic year in August, President Bob Easter announced Monday.

Environmental Almanac: 'Resilient' agriculture in works at South Farms

When people think about alternatives to the intensive industrial agriculture that dominates the Midwest, they generally think first about things like organic fertilizers and integrated pest management, a return to practices that have worked in the past.

Delegation to woo Obama library

Campus narrowed its site list to two

A delegation from the University of Illinois at Chicago will travel Monday to Washington, D.C., to deliver its official bid for the Obama Presidential Library and make the case for Chicago's only public research university to host the project.

UI trustees hire search firm for $175,000

3 public meetings will be held soon to gather input on presidential hunt

The University of Illinois will pay a search firm $175,000, plus expenses, to help find the next UI president.

The agreement with Parker Executive Search of Atlanta was approved in May, but trustees did not specify an amount because contract details were being finalized.