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UI trustee Dorris offers resignation, expects others to follow

URBANA — A University of Illinois trustee said Tuesday he’s offering his resignation, and expects “to break the logjam” of other holdouts on the nine-member board.

UI asks students with flu to quarantine themselves for a week

URBANA – University of Illinois students should be prepared to return home for a week if they become infected with the novel flu strain H1N1, also known as swine flu.

Students are also being advised to bring along enough food and medical supplies to sustain them for a week, in the event that they're cooped up in their rooms for that long, sick with flu.

Rep. Bill Black asks for appointment as a UI trustee

DANVILLE – State Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, a veteran state lawmaker and master's degree recipient from the University of Illinois, said he wants to serve on the embattled UI Board of Trustees.

Lawmaker Black asks to be picked to UI board

DANVILLE – Veteran state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, said Thursday that he asked Gov. Pat Quinn to appoint him to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. There are at least three vacancies in the board, and Quinn has asked all of the trustees to step down in the wake of an investigation into admissions abuses at the UI.

"I've written to the governor, told him I spent 10 years as an administrator at Danville Area Community College, taught at the community college, I'm on the (House) higher ed committee, I earned my master's at the university, I know where the campus is, and I sure would love to serve on the board if the governor would honor me with that appointment," Black said.

UI president pledges to reform admissions process

CHAMPAIGN – The president of the University of Illinois pledged to implement all the admissions reforms recommended last week by the state commission chaired by former judge and congressman Abner Mikva within the next eight weeks, "in time for the upcoming 2009-2010 admissions season."

B. Joseph White also refused to say whether anyone at the university would lose a job over the scandal regarding abuses in the admissions process at the UI.

Quinn gives UI trustees 'a few more days' to resign

URBANA – Gov. Pat Quinn says he will give the remaining University of Illinois trustees "a few more days" to heed his call that they resign before he takes any action.

Quinn, who spoke Tuesday after a bill-signing in Chicago, would not speculate beyond that, but repeated his belief that all trustees should step down to restore the good name of the university, according to spokeswoman Ashley Cross. He appealed to trustees' sense of public service and "the common good," she said.

UI Extension students learn correct canning techniques

CHAMPAIGN – They came bearing sharp knives.

But they were admonished to wash their hands before using the weapons of mass vegetable and fruit destruction.

The incident was a food preservation class offered by University of Illinois Extension.

UI's Lincoln Hall now almost completely unoccupied

URBANA – The last four occupants of Lincoln Hall on the University of Illinois campus will be moved by the end of the week, but the building will be locked down for the public starting today.

The remaining occupants would have been out by now, Jim Spese of UI's Facilities and Services and project manager for Lincoln Hall said, but needed to wait until the offices they were moving to were available.

UI chancellor says his future rests with board members

URBANA – University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman says he has no plans to resign but acknowledges his future rests with the school's board of trustees, which itself is in flux following a state investigation of political clout in the school's admissions process.

In a wide-ranging interview Tuesday with The News-Gazette, Herman said he regrets his involvement with the so-called Category I system for tracking politically connected applicants, and expressed his hope that the campus can move forward with admissions reforms and other priorities.

Indie-country singer Mattea to perform at UI Research Park

CHAMPAIGN – Indie-country singer Kathy Mattea would not use the word "proud" to describe her feelings about her Grammy-nominated album "Coal."

She'd rather say "astonished, thrilled and humbled."

For her, the discovery after decades in the music business, that simple songs – "if you get out of their way they can do their work and can be more than enough" – was a wonderful reminder at this point in her life.