University of Illinois

University of Illinois

No-raise reaction: 'Quite frustrating'

URBANA — For the second straight year, the University of Illinois will not provide general raises on its three campuses, at least for the time being.

UI President Tim Killeen sent an email to faculty and staff members this week, saying the ongoing budget stalemate in Springfield made it “fiscally imprudent” to fund a salary program for 2016-17.

UI names Bronze Tablet recipients

The University of Illinois has announced the Bronze Tablet recipients for the recently concluded academic year.

Killeen: No raises

URBANA — For the second straight year, the University of Illinois will not provide general raises on its three campuses, at least for the time being.

UI President Tim Killeen sent an email to faculty and staff members late Monday, saying the budget stalemate in Springfield made it “fiscally imprudent” to fund a general salary program for 2016-17.

Urbana council OKs agreement for sale of iTV-3

URBANA — The expansion of fiber-optic internet throughout Champaign-Urbana will likely speed up soon after a memorandum of understanding was reached Monday night allowing CountryWide Broadband to buy the stalled iTV-3 Inc.

With new UI chancellor selected, focus turns to provost

URBANA — With a new chancellor on deck, the University of Illinois still has one high-profile "interim" position.

Champaign school board to hear results of facilities phone survey

CHAMPAIGN — Two new trailers were delivered to Champaign Central High School last week to help cushion the effects of overcrowding this fall.

That brings the total number of portable classrooms in the district to 10, with two outside Centennial High School, three at Jefferson Middle School and one each at Barkstall Elementary, South Side Elementary and the former Columbia school.

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Getting Personal: Tom Siegel

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 53-year-old Tom Siegel of Belleville, main owner of Jarling's Custard Cup in Champaign, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

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Rauner's veto 'no surprise' to SURS bill's backers

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday vetoed legislation sponsored by two area Republican legislators that would have allowed State Universities Retirement System members who return to work after receiving lump-sum retirement distributions to obtain additional health benefits without making further contributions to the retirement system.

MTD unfazed by ridership declines

CHAMPAIGN — Ridership on Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District buses dropped 5.7 percent for the fiscal year that ended June 30, the first such year-to-year drop since 2008.

It also was only the third time in the last 10 years that annual ridership fell.