University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Those Who Served | Lucky last name helped avoid flak

SAVOY — Serving as bombardier on a B-24 Liberator over Germany, Tom Yancey ran into a lot of flak.

Not harsh words, but anti-aircraft fire, punching holes in the bomber during the end of World War II.

"The flak zinged through the airplane," he said, filling it with holes.

Discovery Partners Institute: 'A campus within downtown'

CHICAGO — A curiously empty 62-acre swath of land just south of downtown Chicago is the proposed site for the University of Illinois' new Discovery Partners Institute.

The research center, which would bring faculty and students from the UI and partner universities together with industry to spur innovation, is part of a huge development planned for the site by Related Midwest.

GEO, UI contract talks end without deal

URBANA — Members of the Graduate Employees Organization plan to resume picketing at 8 a.m. today, after a bargaining session with University of Illinois administrators Sunday evening failed to produce a contract.

Wired In: Indu Rupassara

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker.

Chad Beckett/review | 'Twelfth Night' needs to be a little more convincing

Krannert Center for Performing Arts hosts Shakespeare again this month as "Twelfth Night (or What you Will)" takes up residence at the Colwell Playhouse. Introduced to the printed page in the 1623 First Folio, this comedy operates through deception and mistaken identity on several levels and is noted for the many occasions where actors break the fourth wall.

Unofficial celebrants leaving some green behind

CHAMPAIGN — Unofficial St. Patrick's Day attendees came into town, wallets in hand and ready to spend money all weekend.

"My boyfriend and I are hoping to get drunk in every Big Ten city this year," Sally Jones of Bloomington, Ind., said as she left Kam's on Saturday. "Your football and basketball teams aren't very good, but your bars are Final Four material."

Tech center in heart of Chicago taking shape

CHICAGO — The announcement was big and bold: a $1.2 billion investment in the heart of Chicago to create a cutting-edge research institute led by the University of Illinois that will anchor a new "innovation network" across the state.

GEO co-president hopes talks with UI can resume this weekend

URBANA — Striking graduate assistants at the University of Illinois wrapped up five days of picketing Friday afternoon with talk of resumed negotiations in the works.

The Graduate Employees Organization announced Friday morning that it had sent a message to the university's bargaining team requesting a meeting.

Live: Unofficial '18

WDWS' Tim Ditman is covering today's revelry on Snapchat. Follow along here. Listen to Ditman's report here.

Avett Brothers coming to State Farm Center on Sept. 27

CHAMPAIGN — The State Farm Center announced Friday that folk-rock band The Avett Brothers will perform there Sept. 27.

The Avett Brothers are best known for their most recent album, 2016’s “True Sadness,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart, Top Rock Albums Chart and Digital Albums Chart and No. 3 on its Top 200 Chart.