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Academic professionals' union rejects UI's final contract offer

URBANA — Visiting academic professionals at the University of Illinois, who have worked without a contract since August, have formally rejected the UI's last contract offer.

Longtime UI police officer selected as department's next chief

URBANA — Longtime University of Illinois police Officer Jeff Christensen has been selected to become the next police chief and director of public safety for the Urbana campus.

Jeff Christensen chosen to lead UI police

Jeff Christensen, a longtime University of Illinois police officer, has been selected to be the next police chief for the university police force, pending approval of the board of trustees next month.

Flightstar president uncertain of American Airlines bankruptcy's local effect

SAVOY — Up in the air.

That pretty much describes the future of American Airlines, as well as the future of American Eagle service to Champaign-Urbana.

Since American Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last November, the airline's future has been clouded by the question of whether it will eventually merge with another airline.

Studio Visit: Larry Gray

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with bassist Larry Gray. In the June 3 newspaper, we'll have a visit with pianist Dan Pierson.

Q: Are you still the first-call studio musician in Chicago for the double bass?

Lawmakers' pension indecision frustrates UI

Legislative inaction on pension reform leaves the University of Illinois exactly where it was six months ago: wondering when the system will be fixed, and how much it will cost the UI and its employees.

UI index shows slight growth

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index showed slight growth in the Illinois economy in May, following larger increases in the index the previous two months.

The index, which jumped from 99.2 in February to 101.0 in March and to 101.9 in April, reached 102.0 in May, according to the UIs Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

UI trustees OK contracts for Groce, administrators

CHICAGO — The multimillion-dollar contract for head basketball coach John Groce was unanimously approved by University of Illinois trustees on Thursday, with no public discussion.

Groce, who was hired in March, will be paid $1.4 million annually for five years.

Easter thanks UI trustees, says he's working with Hogan

CHICAGO — University of Illinois President-designate Bob Easter today thanked trustees for their "trust" and said he's been working with outgoing President Michael Hogan on the transition to his eventual role as president.

Easter said he and Hogan have collaborated on budget and appropriations matters, personnel evaluations of senior administrators and other issues.

New pension plan clears House committee

SPRINGFIELD -- A controversial pension plan affecting university and state employees as well as downstate and suburban teachers cleared an Illinois House committee this morning, about 13 hours before the scheduled adjournment of the Legislature.