University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Law grads' job prospects improve

CHAMPAIGN — The latest employment figures for law school graduates show hiring has improved in the last year, including at the University of Illinois College of Law.

The American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar released employment data Friday on employment for the class of 2012 as of Feb. 15, nine months after graduation.

UI staff counter attack on campus email system

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois staff have been working this week to counter an attack on the campus email system.

Mike Corn, chief privacy and security officer for the Urbana campus, said the campus' email system receives some so-called "phishing" attacks every day, but staff noticed a significant uptick in attacks on UI accounts beginning in February.

Audit of UI lists 30 findings

SPRINGFIELD — An audit of the University of Illinois system found 30 separate irregularities, ranging from a former employee who was paid for four years after being terminated, to the failure of the university to purchase vehicles that met minimum fuel economy standards.

UI officially launches Blue Waters

URBANA — "Wouldn't it be great to be able to put the universe in a bottle and do experiments?" asked Thom Dunning as he stood before a group of mostly scientists and politicians at the University of Illinois on Thursday afternoon.

Updated: Premium seating outlined for renovated Assembly Hall

Updated 8:47 p.m. Thursday.

CHAMPAIGN — Donors will provide more than 75 percent of the cost for renovating the University of Illinois Assembly Hall, UI officials say, but they aren't ready to announce any big contributions yet.

Updated: $1.5 million restitution ordered in fraud by Lincoln Hall contractor

Updated 10:40 p.m. Thursday.

SPRINGFIELD — The former head of a Peoria-area construction firm that received nearly $60 million in state contracts for building projects at two Illinois universities was ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution after pleading guilty late Wednesday afternoon to fraud in connection with the deals.

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.

Blue Waters' official launch set

A ceremony marking the official launch of the Blue Waters supercomputer will take place Thursday on campus.

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.