University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Area projects to benefit from just-passed U.S. spending bill

CHAMPAIGN – The passage of the Omnibus Appropriations Act by Congress on Tuesday includes nearly $230 million for Illinois projects, according to a release by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin.

Ayers shares his experiences in speech at UI's Allen Hall

URBANA – William Ayers said he and his anti-war friends at the University of Michigan celebrated when Lyndon Johnson announced his intention to end the Vietnam War on March 31, 1968.

But when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated five days later and Robert Kennedy was killed two months later, Ayers said a crisis was created in the anti-war movement.

Ex-UI coach admits to unauthorized taping of gymnast

URBANA – A former University of Illinois gymnastics coach who admitted he videotaped a gymnast in a locker room without his knowledge has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Jon Valdez, 40, whose last known address was in the 1900 block of Newport Drive, Urbana, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Harry Clem to unauthorized videotaping, a felony, admitting that on Sept. 25 he videotaped another gymnast without the man's consent in a locker room at Kenney Gym.

UI trustees to discuss Global Campus issues

URBANA – Worldwide University of Illinois initiatives are on the agenda for Wednesday's board of trustees meeting.

The trustees meet at 9 a.m. in the Pine Lounge of the Illini Union.

UI outage prompts work on backups for computer services

URBANA – University of Illinois officials are working with the school's sister campus in Chicago to develop backup systems that will keep communications and computer services going during extended power outages, like the one Sunday afternoon and evening.

"We had backup systems for our computers, but the backups lost power, too," UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler said. The idea is "to have a backup service located on the UIC campus and vice versa to try to ensure this won't happen again."

Police chief wants next year's Unofficial to be kegless


URBANA – Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney said he would like the city to consider prohibiting keg sales during the week of next year's Unofficial St. Patrick's Day celebration.

UI's eDREAM Institute aims to offer society a digital boost

URBANA – A new University of Illinois institute called eDREAM aims not only to produce digitally savvy American workers and thinkers, but also to help the economy and society.

The Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media Institute will do that, and other things, by offering an online master's degree professional program and a doctorate program that will be the first of its kind in the United States.

Unofficial comes to official end as rain, fatigue start to set in

URBANA – All that was noticeably missing from Campustown Saturday were the sprays of green T-shirts and dozens of beer cans and bottles as Unofficial St. Patrick's Day came to a close.

The 13-year-old event, which began Thursday night, has morphed into a two-day drinking binge across Campustown that draws both local students and out-of-town partygoers.

Lack of money forces Allerton Park to cut programs

MONTICELLO – Citing tight finances, Allerton Park has placed several programs on hiatus, including day camps and music concerts.

Summer day camps for children will not be offered, but the 4-H Memorial Camp programs will continue.

The Music in Nature Concerts, which were held outdoors in the park during the summer, will not be held this year. However, the University of Illinois School of Music's Allerton Music Barn Festival in early September is still on.

Man falls three stories from balcony; many citations issued

URBANA - University of Illinois students received more than half of the citations issued Friday night during Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day.

Others received injuries.

The annual event, now in its 13th year, has grown from a promotional event by a local bar owner to a two-day drinking binge across Campustown that draws students and out-of-town fans.