University of Illinois

University of Illinois

The ranking ruse

Annual college ratings are a good conversation starter, but nothing to take too seriously.

U.S. News & World Report draws considerable attention to itself each year at this time with its college rankings, a questionable measure by any consideration but one that nonetheless raises concerns across the higher-education landscape.

Moving on up

The University of Illinois' administrative merry-go-round just keeps on spinning.

Acting Chancellor Barbara Wilson has landed on her feet, winning appointment as University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen's new second-in-command.

Good for her.

Change of temporary site won't derail Academy High opening

CHAMPAIGN — A year before the first class was set to move in, plans have been scrapped for a new private, secular high school being housed temporarily in the University of Illinois Research Park.

But Academy High officials still plan to pursue a permanent home there if possible.

Separation anxiety for UI, Lovie?

CHAMPAIGN — Lovie Smith's penalty for leaving his Illini coaching job before the end of his contract appears to be the highest in the Big Ten.

And the UI's buyout of Smith's contract if he is fired without cause — up to $19 million — is near the top of the conference, a News-Gazette analysis shows.

#TheMJs, Sept. 16, 2016

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NCSA's founding director returning to mark 30th anniversary

URBANA — Larry Smarr, who brought the first supercomputer to the University of Illinois, is impressed by how the NCSA's work led to giant outcomes and tiny smartphones.

From those beginnings, he said Wednesday, "a modern smartphone is more powerful than the NCSA's first Cray supercomputer."

Champaign city staff to work with Willard on East Coast connection

SAVOY — With southern and Midwestern destinations already covered, Willard Airport will look to add an East Coast connection after the Champaign City Council unanimously directed city staff to work with the airport on securing a route.

Remembering Lexi, one kindness at a time

An elderly woman gets help with her groceries from a young stranger and his girlfriend.

A harried mom in line at the Starbucks drive-through learns that the college student in front of her has paid her bill.

A disheartened freshman struggling with college finds an upperclassman to lean on.

UPDATED: Wilson on UI promotion: 'I’m ready for the next opportunity'

Updated 11:15 a.m. Thursday

URBANA — University of Illinois President Tim Killeen has used a number of superlatives to describe the work done by interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson over the past year.

He’s called her a “profile in courage” and a good listener, a “steadying presence” who led with wisdom and “thoughtful and unselfish grace.”

UI Research Park director arraigned on DUI, 3 traffic offenses

CHAMPAIGN — The director of the University of Illinois’ Research Park was formally charged with driving under the influence, along with three other traffic-related offenses, during her arraignment Monday morning at the Champaign County Courthouse.