University of Illinois

Johnson reintroduces NCAA bill

URBANA – A bill allowing universities to sue the NCAA if they're sanctioned for having American Indian mascots has been reintroduced by U.S. Rep. Timothy Johnson, R-Urbana.

The measure, known as "The Protection of University Governance Act," would allow the University of Illinois or any other university to sue the NCAA and seek damages for lost revenue if it were barred from hosting a championship game.

School of Music lands opera star, accompanist wife

URBANA – The University of Illinois School of Music has added another marquee name to its faculty roster – baritone Nathan Gunn, recently described by The New York Times as opera's latest superstar.

Gunn, whose appointment becomes effective Aug. 16, will be a tenured professor of voice. His wife, Julie Gunn, who has a UI doctorate in accompaniment, was appointed associate professor in accompaniment, also effective Aug. 16.

Newly appointed trustee joins in on Illiniwek vote

URBANA – When the final vote came on the Chief Illiniwek resolution, a familiar but surprising face was at the board table.

The UI learned Monday that Gov. Rod Blagojevich had reappointed Trustee Robert Vickrey for another six-year term, according to UI spokesman Tom Hardy.

UI trustees OK Global Campus

Imagine a college degree, without the dorm food.

Always wanted a University of Illinois degree but couldn't spend four or five years on campus? The UI's new Global Campus program might be just the thing.

Leftover Chief issues in Herman's hands

URBANA – The testimony on both sides was heartfelt and emotional.

On one side, University of Illinois graduate student Genevieve Tenoso, an American Indian threatened because of her opposition to Chief Illiniwek, spoke of having to summon her courage simply to come to campus every day.

Lawyer files suit over UI decision on Chief

URBANA – A Champaign lawyer known for his outspokenness has filed suit against the University of Illinois Board of Trustees over the decision to retire Chief Illiniwek.

John Gadau, 64, a graduate of the UI College of Law and longtime supporter of UI athletics, filed suit in Champaign County Circuit Court on Monday asking a judge to declare that the actions of the trustees in retiring the UI's symbol to have been beyond their statutory authority.

UI trustees approve resolution to end Chief Illiniwek

URBANA – The University of Illinois Board of Trustees took final action today to eliminate Chief Illiniwek and called on the campus and community to move forward.

Trustees approved a resolution that confirms Board Chairman Lawrence Eppley's action on Feb. 16 announcing the end to the Chief dances and the end to American Indian imagery being associated with the UI and its athletics programs.

Students set up site in effort to oust Eppley

URBANA – A Web site created by two University of Illinois students is calling for the ouster of UI Board of Trustees' Chairman Lawrence Eppley.

The site,, accuses Eppley of violating "numerous policies" in making the decision to retire Chief Illiniwek. It urges readers to contact their state senators and tell them not to confirm Eppley's reappointment to the board or the appointment of new trustee James Montgomery, a Chicago civil rights and criminal defense lawyer.

$35,000 prize split among four student teams

CHAMPAIGN – Four teams of University of Illinois students divided $35,000 in prize money in Thursday's finals of the V. Dale Cozad Business Plan Competition.

RealmWare Corp., which is developing a tool that can help build three-dimensional games, simulations and visualizations, took first place in the competition's commercial venture division and received $25,000.

Health care initiative good idea, officials say

The News-Gazette asked people involved in health care in the local area to give us their reaction to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's proposed health care initiative, Illinois Covered.

Here's what they had to say:

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