University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Research park facility to have grand opening

CHAMPAIGN – Littelfuse Inc. will hold a grand opening this afternoon for its engineering facility in the University of Illinois Research Park.

The event, designed for the UI community, will be attended by Littelfuse CEO Gordon Hunter and will feature demonstrations in which high-voltage electricity is sent through fuses to test their durability.

Nominations sought for innovation awards

CHAMPAIGN – Nominations are being sought for the Innovation Celebration awards, presented annually to those who have contributed to economic development in Champaign County.

This will be the sixth year for the awards. A presentation ceremony is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the atrium of the Gateway Building in the University of Illinois Research Park.

Extension likely to become its own campus unit

URBANA – University of Illinois Extension will likely move out of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences into its own campus-level unit after top administrators created an implementation plan this week.

The plan is in response to a Stewarding Excellence report last fall.

UI trustees aim to keep tuition close to inflation

CHICAGO – University of Illinois leaders made a public commitment to keep tuition increases lower Thursday, at the same meeting where a professor gave trustees an unhappy forecast for the state's finances.

New UI trustees sworn in; Kennedy remains chair

CHICAGO – The two newest University of Illinois trustees were sworn in this morning at the board's meeting in Chicago.

Gov. Pat Quinn was on hand as Trustee James Montgomery read the duties of the trustees to the governor's new appointees, Ricardo Estrada and Patricia Brown Holmes. Quinn also reappointed Karen Hasara of Springfield to a new six-year term.

UI will use grant from ADM to help in fight against hunger

The University of Illinois will use $10 million from Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland Wednesday to fight world hunger through the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss.

Gov. Pat Quinn hailed the move at an Illini Union reception Wednesday.

Input sought in search for new UI chancellor

URBANA – The executive search firm hired to help choose a new University of Illinois president will also guide the search for a new chancellor – and co-host a public forum on the search next week.

The firm – Isaacson, Miller, which has offices in Boston, Washington and San Francisco – will be paid up to $157,525 for its services, according to the UI.

Governor keeps one UI trustee, replaces two others

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn has replaced two University of Illinois trustees, including one he appointed just 16 months ago and another who refused to resign after the Category I admissions scandal.

ADM pledges $10 million to UI

Archer Daniels Midland Company announced a gift Wednesday to the University of Illinois of $10 million over five years to create the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss.

Gov. Pat Quinn hailed the move at an Illini Union reception.

Interim Vice Chancellor Steve Sonka, who previously led the UI's soybean research, will be the director.

UI trustees to vote on link between tuition, inflation

CHICAGO – The University of Illinois is looking toward a relatively low tuition increase – compared to last year's 9.5 percent, good for four years – while keeping fee increases below 1 percent.