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Rose criticizes higher-ed budget planning, coordination

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois needs more planning and coordination in its higher-education system, state Sen. Chapin Rose said Tuesday.

The Mahomet Republican's remarks came after another nearly four-hour Senate committee hearing where presidents of five state universities decried the ongoing budget impasse, which has led to staff layoffs, furloughs, enrollment losses and faculty departures.

PODCAST: Astronaut and UI alum Mike Hopkins

PODCAST: Astronaut and UI alum Mike Hopkins: Play now!

University of Illinois alumnus and astronaut Col. Michael Hopkins visited the UI campus Monday and Tuesday. He spoke with Scott Beatty about his 6-month stint in space and the likelihood of humans setting foot on Mars.

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UI commencement speaker: Nick Offerman

URBANA — It’s not a former president or first lady, but how about Ron Swanson?

This may be no surprise to Twitter followers of @Illinois_Alma, but: the University of Illinois formally announced Tuesday that actor and comedian Nick Offerman will be this year’s commencement speaker on May 13.

Report urges steps to promote diversity at UI

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois should create a new vice chancellor to better coordinate wide-ranging — and sometimes redundant — efforts to promote diversity on campus, a new report says.

PODCAST: Astronaut and UI alum Mike Hopkins addresses engineering students

PODCAST: Astronaut and UI alum Mike Hopkins addresses engineering students: Play now!

Astronaut Col. Mike Hopkins, a University of Illinois alumnus whoh spent six months in space, addressed engineering students Tuesday at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

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UI AD: Goal can't be to 'outspend Ohio State or Michigan'

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman on Monday delivered a presentation to the university's Senate Executive Committee in which he provided an overview of the athletic department as a whole. Whitman touched on a number of topics during his 45-minute address, including budgetary concerns — Illinois generated $91.6 million in revenue for fiscal year 2016 while spending $97.8 million.

Part 24: Where Offerman ate, a TV exec drank and an astronaut swam

With the University of Illinois celebrating birthday No. 150 this year, we caught up with hundreds of graduates who've gone on to greatness. Every Tuesday and one Sunday a month throughout 2017, Managing Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO will tell their tales. Today, in Part 24: Gone but not forgotten.

Urbana council revives Boneyard Creek Commission

URBANA — The Urbana City Council unanimously agreed Monday to start reconvening a Boneyard Creek Commission for oversight on the area's developments.

Siedel chosen for new VP position at UI

URBANA — Edward Seidel is University of Illinois President Tim Killeen's choice to fill the newly named position of vice president for economic development and innovation for the UI system.