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UI astronomy department looking to expand

The University of Illinois Department of Astronomy wants to have more of a presence in the core area of campus.

The department is headquartered near the corner of Lincoln and Green with an observatory north of the Morrow Plots on the Quad.  The telescope that sits in the observatory was restored last summer, and now officials have shifted their focus to the building itself.

Construction's in high gear on campus

When most of the campus clears out in late May, it's time for major construction projects to kick into high gear. This summer is shaping up to be a busy one, with one major project wrapping up (electrical and computer engineering) and a few others (center for wounded veterans) beginning to take shape.

Getting Personal: Linda Moorhouse

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with Linda Moorhouse, interim director of bands at the University of Illinois.

So ... what's new with you?

New choir, orchestra offering vesper series

URBANA — A Champaign native and recent University of Illinois graduate in music has created the Urbana Bach Cantatas Project, the first professional choir in Champaign-Urbana that will be accompanied by an orchestra of a dozen or so musicians, all performing on period instruments from the 1700s.

Secrets aren't for everyone

Mum's the word at Illinois, but others take open approach

CHARLESTON — In early 2007 when Eastern Illinois University was looking for a new president, the search committee narrowed its list of candidates to three.

Operation on schedule, weather or not

CHAMPAIGN — Despite a soggy month so far, the renovation of State Farm Center remains on schedule.

Crops look good; farmers' returns, not so much

A roundup of agricultural news:

URBANA — Crops are looking good so far, but the outlook for farmers' returns this year appears bleak.

That's the word from University of Illinois agricultural economist Gary Schnitkey, who recently reported that farmers could be looking at negative returns on cash-rent farmland this year.

To-do list for future med school a long one

URBANA — Drawing on a cooking analogy, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said the proposal for a new, engineering-focused medical school in Champaign-Urbana is "still being baked."

In fact, not all the ingredients have been mixed together yet.

"There's a lot more work to be done," she said Wednesday while meeting with a group of faculty in Urbana.

Dean named for Labor and Employment Relations at UI

CHAMPAIGN — Interim dean Fritz Drasgow has been named the permanent dean of the University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations.

Updated: 2.5% raises ahead for most UI employees

UPDATED AT 5 P.M.

CHAMPAIGN — Most University of Illinois employees can expect to receive average raises of 2.5 percent later this summer, an amount that is in line with those in recent years.

The university's merit-based general salary program calls for raises of 2.5 percent, effective with the new academic year in August, President Bob Easter announced Monday.