University of Illinois http://wuis.org en New U of I President To Be Named In December http://wuis.org/post/new-u-i-president-be-named-december <p>University of Illinois officials say they plan to announce the next president for the state's flagship institution by December.&nbsp; But the process is only just getting started.</p><p>President Bob Easter will retire next year.</p><p>The search committee in charge of recommending a replacement to the U of I's board of trustees must sift through around 120 candidates.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Some candidates are nominees, and others are those who are qualified to fill the position but already hold a significant post elsewhere.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:14:18 +0000 Lee Strubinger 27849 at http://wuis.org New U of I President To Be Named In December Chancellor Wise Says New U Of I Med School Should Be Small http://wuis.org/post/chancellor-wise-says-new-u-i-med-school-should-be-small <p>University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise says that a new medical school being proposed in Urbana-Champaign should be small and what she called complementary. &nbsp;</p><p>Wise spoke to a group of faculty in Urbana Wednesday about the idea. &nbsp;<br />According to The News-Gazette she said a lot of work still needs to be done on the proposal. But she said if done right the school could be an important addition to the area and the state. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:01:17 +0000 Associated Press 27638 at http://wuis.org Chancellor Wise Says New U Of I Med School Should Be Small Stephen Bardo Tells All In "Flyin' Illini" http://wuis.org/post/stephen-bardo-tells-all-flyin-illini <p>It's hard to believe 25 years has passed since the University of Illinois men's basketball Final Four team was on the court.&nbsp; The team known as the Flyin' Illini.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>That's also the name of a book by the former point guard of the team Stephen Bardo, who works now as a Big Ten Network analyst.&nbsp; And it has ruffled feathers, with criticisms of some players and coaches.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 27088 at http://wuis.org Stephen Bardo Tells All In "Flyin' Illini" Univ. Of Illinois Will Try To Retain Faculty Who Retired Under Wrong Pension Interpretation http://wuis.org/post/univ-illinois-will-try-retain-faculty-who-retired-under-wrong-pension-interpretation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Officials at the University of Illinois say they are willing to work to retain faculty who opted to retire early as a result of mistakes in the state's pension overhaul.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was a small typo, but it turned out to have big consequences for the state's public universities and community colleges.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 02:48:39 +0000 Hannah Meisel 25140 at http://wuis.org Univ. Of Illinois Will Try To Retain Faculty Who Retired Under Wrong Pension Interpretation UI Board Makes No Decision On Former 'Terrorist' Professor http://wuis.org/post/ui-board-makes-no-decision-former-terrorist-professor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The teaching career of former radical James Kilgore remains in doubt. He says one of his contracts with the University of Illinois expires Thursday. But the Board of Trustees ended a meeting Wednesday without taking action on his case.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kilgore was a member of the </span>Symbionese<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Liberation Army, a group best known for kidnapping Patty Hearst in 1974. He was convicted of murder for his role in a bank robbery the group carried out the next year.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 19:46:31 +0000 Hannah Meisel 25109 at http://wuis.org UI Board Makes No Decision On Former 'Terrorist' Professor Higher Ed Retirement Board Accepts Pension Fix http://wuis.org/post/higher-ed-retirement-board-accepts-pension-fix <p>The board of the State Universities Retirement System has voted to accept an interpretation of last year's Illinois pension reform law that says it won't inadvertently cut university retirees' pension. &nbsp;</p><p>According to the Chicago Sun-Times, (http://bit.ly/RvIgwf) the board's executive committee voted unanimously on Thursday in Chicago to follow other state pension systems and accept the interpretation of the 2013 law. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:28:50 +0000 Associated Press 24707 at http://wuis.org Higher Ed Retirement Board Accepts Pension Fix Legal Interpretation May Erase Pension Glitch http://wuis.org/post/legal-interpretation-may-erase-pension-glitch <p>The State Universities Retirement System now says a troublesome piece of last year's state pension-reform law may not cut retirees' pensions after all. &nbsp;</p><p>William Mabe is the executive director of the retirement system. He tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/QfeCu8 ) that the language in law that would cost retirees' a year of pension should be interpreted as if it didn't _ because it wasn't intended to. &nbsp;<br />That's based on the interpretation the Teachers Retirement System has been using when it looks at the law. Now SURS plans to follow suit. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 19:20:19 +0000 Associated Press 24613 at http://wuis.org Legal Interpretation May Erase Pension Glitch U Of I: Illinois Pension Overhaul Had Costly Mistake http://wuis.org/post/u-i-illinois-pension-overhaul-had-costly-mistake <p>University of Illinois officials have worried for months that state pension reforms will push employees to retire early. But they say language inadvertently placed in pension law may provide even stronger<br />incentive.<br />&nbsp;<br />Avijit Ghosh is a senior adviser to university President Robert Easter. He said at a trustees' meeting Friday that the pension law passed last year would effectively take away a year of pension benefits from about 4,000 University of Illinois employees if they don't retire before July 1. Those pensions would be reduced by up to 35 percent.<br />&nbsp; Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:38:47 +0000 Associated Press 23306 at http://wuis.org U Of I: Illinois Pension Overhaul Had Costly Mistake Expert Says State Of Illinois Needs Better Financial Planning http://wuis.org/post/expert-says-state-illinois-needs-better-financial-planning <p></p><p></p><p>Illinois is like most states when it comes to budget challenges.&nbsp; Leaders must decide how to use tax dollars to pay for a variety of services.&nbsp;</p><p>But Illinois ranks low when it comes to financial planning.&nbsp; Nancy Hudspeth says some changes are needed.&nbsp; She's the Associate Director of the Fiscal Futures Project at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs.&nbsp;</p><p>Hudspeth wrote an article on the subject that appears below:</p><p align="center">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:40:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 22107 at http://wuis.org Expert Says State Of Illinois Needs Better Financial Planning Sin Taxes Won't Solve Illinois' Budget Troubles http://wuis.org/post/sin-taxes-wont-solve-illinois-budget-troubles <p>When Illinois lawmakers are in need of more revenue, they often turn to sin. &nbsp;</p><p>Sin taxes, that is.&nbsp;</p><p>Those are taxes placed on items that can be considered undesirable, like cigarettes, alcohol or gambling. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:15:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 20895 at http://wuis.org Sin Taxes Won't Solve Illinois' Budget Troubles GOP Candidates Face University of Illinois Admissions Question http://wuis.org/post/gop-candidates-face-university-illinois-admissions-question <p>The Republican contenders for governor are facing questions about their roles in a five-year-old admissions scandal at the University of Illinois. &nbsp;</p><p>The scandal involved some politicians using clout to get students enrolled. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sen. Kirk Dillard have acknowledged their names are on the list the University of Illinois maintained of lawmakers who called to check on applications. They were asked about it at a televised debate last week. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:13:21 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 20684 at http://wuis.org GOP Candidates Face University of Illinois Admissions Question Illinois Pays Penalty For Bad Fiscal Image http://wuis.org/post/illinois-pays-penalty-bad-fiscal-image <p>When it comes to finances, the State of Illinois has a poor reputation.&nbsp;&nbsp; New research shows how the state's negative perception is costing taxpayers.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 20416 at http://wuis.org Illinois Pays Penalty For Bad Fiscal Image U of I Plans Presidential Search Panel http://wuis.org/post/u-i-plans-presidential-search-panel <p></p><p>The University of Illinois hopes to have a new president selected by January. &nbsp;</p><p>The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports a 19-member search committee will be appointed in May to recruit and review candidates to replace President Robert Easter. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:44:44 +0000 Associated Press 20393 at http://wuis.org U of I Plans Presidential Search Panel Fifth Lawsuit Filed Against Illinois Pension Law http://wuis.org/post/fifth-lawsuit-filed-against-illinois-pension-law <p>A fifth lawsuit has been filed by state employees challenging Illinois' new pension law. &nbsp;<br />The lawsuit from current and former employees at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Parkland Community College was filed in Champaign County Circuit Court Thursday. &nbsp;</p><p>It says the legislation passed by the General Assembly in December violates several provisions of the state constitution, which says retirement benefits should not be diminished or impaired and private property should not be ``taken or damaged for public use.'' &nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:04:49 +0000 Associated Press 20335 at http://wuis.org Fifth Lawsuit Filed Against Illinois Pension Law University Of Illinois Trustees To Vote On Sex-Change Insurance http://wuis.org/post/university-illinois-trustees-vote-sex-change-insurance <p></p><p>University of Illinois trustees are expected to vote Thursday on adding coverage for sex-change operations to the health insurance plan used by many students at the flagship campus. &nbsp;</p><p>Many of the Urbana-Champaign campus' more than 40,000 students use the insurance and would see costs rise by 15 percent in the proposal is approved. Undergraduates would pay $291 a semester starting next fall. That's an increase of $37. &nbsp;</p><p>But university officials say most of that increase is due to the federal Affordable Care Act rather than adding sex-change coverage. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:56:14 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 20281 at http://wuis.org University Of Illinois Trustees To Vote On Sex-Change Insurance Slow Economic Growth Due To Harsh Winter Weather http://wuis.org/post/slow-economic-growth-due-harsh-winter-weather <p></p><p>Illinois' economic growth slowed in February and a University of Illinois economist says you can probably blame it on the weather.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:56:28 +0000 Associated Press 20140 at http://wuis.org Slow Economic Growth Due To Harsh Winter Weather U Of I To Consider Pension Cut Offsets http://wuis.org/post/u-i-consider-pension-cut-offsets <p>University of Illinois President Robert Easter and other administrators will consider ways to help university employees make up for some of the money they will lose when state pension reforms begin June 1. &nbsp;</p><p>University trustees on Thursday directed Easter to assess the changes coming to the state pension system and options for preserving benefits that will be lost. The president is expected to make recommendations to the trustees before June. The board of trustees oversees the university's three campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:41:31 +0000 Associated Press 17522 at http://wuis.org U Of I To Consider Pension Cut Offsets Budget Gap To Increase Despite Pension Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/budget-gap-increase-despite-pension-overhaul <p>Illinois' pension overhaul is tied up in a court challenge.&nbsp; But even if it remains law, cuts to state employees' and public school teachers' retirement benefits will not solve the state's budget problem.&nbsp; That's the forecast from a report issued today by the University of Illinois' Institute for Government and Public Affairs. Amanda Vinicky spoke with the report's principle author, economist Richard Dye.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 17328 at http://wuis.org Budget Gap To Increase Despite Pension Overhaul Former U Of I Band Director Pleads Guilty To Theft http://wuis.org/post/former-u-i-band-director-pleads-guilty-theft <p></p><p>The former director of bands at the University of Illinois has pleaded guilty to stealing musical instruments from the school and sentenced to a form of probation. &nbsp;</p><p>Robert Rumbelow pleaded guilty Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court to one count of felony theft. According to The News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1doNcdP) he was sentenced to two years of conditional discharge. &nbsp;<br />Rumbelow declined comment through his attorney. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:56:22 +0000 Associated Press 16955 at http://wuis.org Former U Of I Band Director Pleads Guilty To Theft U Of I Proposes Tuition Hike For Fall http://wuis.org/post/u-i-proposes-tuition-hike-fall <p>University of Illinois Trustees have been asked to increase tuition within the rate of inflation for next academic year.</p><p>At their meeting in Chicago next week, they’ll be asked to raise it by 1.7 % on the three campuses, the same increase approved for last fall.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A Trustees committee recommended the plan Monday.&nbsp;</p><p>It would raise tuition for in-state students to about $12,000 at the Urbana-Champaign campus, nearly $10,600 in Chicago and around $9,400 in Springfield.&nbsp; Only incoming students would pay the higher rates.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Jeff Bossert 16867 at http://wuis.org U Of I Proposes Tuition Hike For Fall U Of I Athletic Director Could Get A Raise http://wuis.org/post/u-i-athletic-director-could-get-raise <p>University of Illinois trustees are considering giving Athletic Director Mike Thomas a raise and a contract extension. &nbsp;<br />Trustee James Montgomery said Thursday that under the proposal Thomas' base pay would be increased to $554,000 and extended by two years. Thomas was hired in 2011 on a five-year contract with a base salary of $475,000. &nbsp;</p><p>A trustees' committee will consider the proposal Thursday in Chicago. Any changes would eventually have to be approved by the full board of trustees that governs the university. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:23:10 +0000 Associated Press 16581 at http://wuis.org U Of I Athletic Director Could Get A Raise Study: Cover Crops Can Ward Off Soybean Diseases http://wuis.org/post/study-cover-crops-can-ward-soybean-diseases <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Midwest farmers who rely on healthy soybean harvests have one more reason to consider adding cereal rye into their crop rotation in 2014.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:10:00 +0000 Peter Gray 16550 at http://wuis.org Study: Cover Crops Can Ward Off Soybean Diseases Film Has Clues About Alma Mater's Real Color http://wuis.org/post/film-has-clues-about-alma-maters-real-color <p>An 8-mm color film shot in the 1940's is offering some clues about the original color of a bronze statue that is a beloved landmark at the University of Illinois. &nbsp;</p><p>The 84-year-old Alma Mater statue of a robed woman flanked by figures celebrating ``Learning'' and ``Labor'' is being restored. A heavy buildup of blue-green patina has disguised its original color for decades. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:57:00 +0000 Associated Press 14826 at http://wuis.org Film Has Clues About Alma Mater's Real Color UIC Faculty Vote To Strike http://wuis.org/post/uic-faculty-vote-strike <p>Unionized faculty members at the University of Illinois at Chicago have authorized a strike, even as contract negotiations continue. &nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Sun-Times reports that despite the vote, no strike is imminent. &nbsp;</p><p>UIC United Faculty represents about 800 educators who've been negotiating with school administrators for 15 months.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:54:42 +0000 Associated Press & Bill Wheelhouse 14436 at http://wuis.org UIC Faculty Vote To Strike Illini Football Coach To Return Next Season http://wuis.org/post/illini-football-coach-return-next-season <p></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:11:07 +0000 Associated Press 14160 at http://wuis.org Illini Football Coach To Return Next Season U Of I Football Staffer Faces Gun Charges http://wuis.org/post/u-i-football-staffer-faces-gun-charges <p>Authorities say University of Illinois football staff member and former player Matt Sinclair has been charged after allegedly pointing an unloaded handgun at a vehicle carrying other staff members.<br />&nbsp;<br />Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz says Sinclair was arraigned Monday on two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon. He was arrested Saturday after Illinois' game at Purdue.<br />&nbsp; Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:02:24 +0000 Associated Press 13738 at http://wuis.org U Of I Football Staffer Faces Gun Charges Tenured Professor Removed At U Of I http://wuis.org/post/tenured-professor-removed-u-i <p>The University of Illinois Board of Trustees dismissed an engineering professor who had a 50-year career at the state's flagship school Thursday.&nbsp; Administrators say it's the first time a tenure decision went to the board.&nbsp;</p><p>Louis Wozniak was charged with harassing a student, improperly obtaining and publishing grades and sending an email to students that included a sexual reference. He apologized for that email the next day, though has claimed he did nothing wrong.</p><p>Wozniak was suspended with pay from his $85,000-a-year job in 2010 after the email.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:56:14 +0000 Associated Press & Rachel Otwell 13043 at http://wuis.org Tenured Professor Removed At U Of I U Of I To Open China Office http://wuis.org/post/u-i-open-china-office <p>The University of Illinois plans to open an office in China later this year.<br />&nbsp;<br />Pradeep Khanna is associate chancellor for corporate international relations at<br />the school. Khanna tells The News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1ahCsrT) that the<br />university plans to hire up to three employees for the new office in Shanghai.<br />&nbsp;<br />A delegation of University of Illinois alumni is traveling to Beijing and<br />Shanghai next week. The group of about 50 people will meet with alumni and visit<br />companies and universities that have partnerships with UI.<br />&nbsp; Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:13:34 +0000 Associated Press 12153 at http://wuis.org U Of I To Open China Office U of I Faculty Without Tenure Want More Security http://wuis.org/post/u-i-faculty-without-tenure-want-more-security <p>The growing number of professors at the University of Illinois who don&#39;t have tenure want somebody besides their students to listen to them.<br />&nbsp;<br />The <a href="http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-10-06/nontenure-track-faculty-seek-voice-ui-campus.html">Champaign News-Gazette reports</a> adjunct faculty, instructors, lecturers and others who don&#39;t have tenure are hoping the school will take steps that would give them more job stability. Some are even assessing the need for a faculty union in Urbana.<br />&nbsp; Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:12:04 +0000 Associated Press 10423 at http://wuis.org U of I Faculty Without Tenure Want More Security UIUC Student Killed Near Campus http://wuis.org/post/uiuc-student-killed-near-campus <p>Police in Urbana say a University of Illinois student has been killed in her apartment a few blocks north of the campus.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lt. Bryant </span>Seraphin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://bit.ly/18w8Rw0">tells</a> The (Champaign) News-Gazette </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that officers were called shortly after 11 a.m. to the apartment complex. The university police issued alerts to students and faculty, but the campus was not locked down.</span></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:15:33 +0000 The Associated Press 9820 at http://wuis.org