University of Illinois

University of Illinois

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, March 23, 2015

We asked 10 men who portrayed Chief Illiniwek: What was your funniest, most forgettable experience while wearing the beaded buckskin?

ALEX DOZIER, 2010-present

Room may run out for season ticket-holders

SPRINGFIELD — Ticket prices for the five Illini games in Springfield next November aren't final, but with fewer seats available they could cost a bit more than what fans pay at State Farm Center, one official says.

Capital gain

Hear John Groce's thoughts on this deal Monday at 5:10 on WDWS.

First chancellor of Urbana campus, Jack Peltason, dies at 91

Jack Peltason, a professor who rose to be the first chancellor of the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus and served in turbulent times, died Saturday. He was 91.

He was later president of the University of California system, from 1992 to 1995.

Lou Liay served in several Urbana campus roles, including executive director of the UI Alumni Association from 1983 to 1998. 

Hangover-free wine?

URBANA — From the school that gave us YouTube, the MRI and plasma screens comes a new breakthrough that will likely have people across the globe raising a glass of chardonnay or pinot noir.

University of Illinois scientists have engineered a "jailbreaking" yeast that could greatly increase the benefits of wine and reduce the toxic byproducts that cause a hangover.

Female engineer statue coming to campus

URBANA — Move over, Mars. Venus is on the way.

A life-size statue representing a female engineer will be installed on the University of Illinois engineering campus, courtesy of Texas Instruments.

UI officials: Tuition off table for now, but plenty of cuts are possible

SPRINGFIELD — A tuition increase is off the table this year but just about everything else is on it at the University of Illinois if big budget cuts are enacted, top UI officials told lawmakers Thursday.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget calls for a 31.5 percent, or $209 million, reduction at the UI for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

'Not a good basketball year anywhere' at UI, Easter tells snide legislators

SPRINGFIELD — In hearings before the House and Senate appropriations committees Thursday, outgoing University of Illinois President Robert Easter had to tolerate snide remarks about the UI’s lack of success in basketball this season — particularly since he followed Illinois State President Larry Dietz.

UI names commencement speaker

Five things to know about Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President/CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, who, we learned Thursday, will deliver the University of Illinois commencement speech on May 16 at Memorial Stadium:

Amended tuition-waiver bill passes out of committee; more changes possible

SPRINGFIELD — An amended bill to phase out the 50 percent tuition waivers that go to the children of public university employees in Illinois passed a House committee Wednesday.

But the sponsor of HB 403, Marengo Democratic Rep. Jack Franks, said that more amendments may be coming.

Still, Franks said he hopes to pass his legislation this spring.