University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Flash index still moving upward in November

URBANA – The Illinois economy is still contracting, but the rate of decline has lessened for the second month in a row, according to the University of Illinois' monthly indicator of the state's economic conditions.

The UI Flash Index improved to a reading of 91 in November, up from 90.7 in October and 90 in September.

UI student's wheelchair features rolling, with changes

URBANA – If gear shifting is good for motorists and bicyclists, why not for wheelchair users?

That's what Scott Daigle wondered as he watched people propel themselves around the University of Illinois campus in wheelchairs.

"They were going about as fast as they could. Their arms were the only things limiting them," said Daigle, a first-year graduate student in mechanical engineering.

UI presidential search panel to decide text of job ad

URBANA – The University of Illinois' presidential search committee will meet Wednesday to consider a job description for the new president.

The draft text, to be used in advertisements for the post, is similar to that used in past presidential searches at the UI and comparable universities, said Michele Thompson, secretary to the UI Board of Trustees.

UI presidential search panel planning forums

URBANA – The University of Illinois' presidential search committee will hold public forums on each of the three campuses to give faculty, students, staff and the general public an opportunity to discuss qualities needed for the new president.

Pamela Strobel, a UI trustee and the committee chair, will moderate the forums.

UI 4th overall in 2008-09 for hosting of foreign students

URBANA – The University of Illinois' Urbana campus continues to host more international students than all but three other universities in the nation, according to the Institute of International Education.

The UI is No. 1 among public universities.

GEO members vote to ratify tentative deal with UI

URBANA – The members of the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers/Illinois Federation of Teachers Local 6300, have voted to ratify the tentative contract agreement reached between the GEO and University of Illinois Board of Trustees bargaining teams in Urbana on Nov. 17.

With the ratification, GEO members also officially voted to end the GEO strike against the UI Board of Trustees that began on Nov. 16. The contract will be forwarded to the board of trustees for its approval.

UI Research Park: Investment and returns

CHAMPAIGN – The gleaming new buildings at the University of Illinois Research Park have generated upward of $3.2 million in property tax revenue for Champaign, its schools and other taxing districts.

On the flip side: The university, state and local governments have sunk $47 million into the park and related developments since its inception in 2000, according to a News-Gazette analysis.

Conference center doing well, but I Hotel still in the red

CHAMPAIGN – The Web site promises "a commitment to 'wow.'"

The I Hotel opened in August 2008 touting itself as "a blend of luxury, privacy and comfort" – granite countertops, upscale fixtures, walnut columns, spa, the works.

Fate of UI's Washington arts program up in air

URBANA – A University of Illinois arts program in Washington, D.C., supported by former Chancellor Richard Herman, is awaiting word on its fate after a review by a high-level campus committee.

"Illinois at the Phillips," the brainchild of art history Professor Jonathan Fineberg, offers UI art students courses and internships at Washington's Phillips Collection, the first museum of modern art in the United States. Fineberg is a trustee of the museum.

UI receives federal grant for carbon dioxide study

CHAMPAIGN (AP) – The University of Illinois is getting a roughly $900,000 grant to study the possible environmental impact of storing the chief man-made greenhouse gas under water reservoirs.

The EPA grant covers what could be a three-year research project involving subsurface storage called sequestration.