University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Education Desk
12:59 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Salaita Sues; University of Illinois Responds

Steven Salaita, the professor whose social media posts cost him a job at the University of Illinois, has filed suit in federal court against the university Board of Trustees, Chancellor Phyllis Wise, other university officials and "unknown donors."

University spokesman Tom Hardy released a statement saying the university will "vigorously defend against meritless claims" and citing several of the tweets that persuaded the Board of Trustees to reject, by a vote of 8-1, the appointment that he had been offered and accepted.

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Illinois Issues - Education Desk
12:14 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

UI Chancellor Responds To Salaita Report

Phyllis Wise, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Here is Chancellor Phyllis Wise's full statement in response to the report of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure's analysis of the university's handling of Steven Salaita's dismissal:

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Illinois Issues - Education Desk
8:48 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

UI Faculty Association President Calls Salaita Report A Game Changer

Bruce Rosenstock


  Bruce Rosenstock, president of the Campus Faculty Association at the University of Illinois, said the report released today by the school’s Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure is a “bombshell and a game changer” that will force university officials to revisit their decision to not hire controversial professor Steven Salaita.

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1:23 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Water Damages Illini Basketball Court

State Farm Center
Credit wikipedia

The University of Illinois says it is evaluating the condition of the new basketball court inside the State Farm Center after several inches of storm water backed up inside the arena.  

The university said on its athletics website that the water covered the floor about 3 a.m. Tuesday due to a blocked storm-drain line after a heavy rain.  

The school said that if the court can't be fixed the university will ``secure an alternate playing surface'' in time for the season that begins next week. It wasn't clear if that would mean buying a new surface.  

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Illinois Issues - Education Desk
5:09 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Springfield Faculty Takes Stand on Academic Freedom

Steven Salaita held a press conference at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on Sept. 9.
Credit WILL

The University of Illinois Springfield Campus Senate today/Friday passed a measure aimed at protecting academic freedom.

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Illinois Issues - Education Desk
3:57 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

UIS Faculty Tackles Resolution On Academic Freedom

Steven Salaita speaks at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the summer.
Credit WILL

On Friday, the Campus Senate of the University of Illinois at Springfield will take up a strongly-worded resolution written in the aftermath of the Board of Trustees' controversial dismissal of Steven Salaita. 

He's the professor whose job offer at the university's main campus was rescinded after his critical and sometimes profane tweets about the Israeli conflict with Gaza.

UIS Senate chair Jorge Villegas said the resolution is in response to the Board's position that tenure comes with a requirement of civility.

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Education Desk
5:42 am
Mon September 22, 2014

More Campuses "Ready To Respond"

Richland Community College

College students are back on campus and classes are underway. Parents at some Illinois schools have extra assurance their kids will be safe when they're at school.

Universities and colleges are often ranked, making "best of" lists for one program or the other. 

But only a couple in Illinois have achieved the designation of becoming a "Ready to Respond" campus -- a title given by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency after the school has met criteria, like developing a violence prevention plan and going through training exercises. 

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University of Illinois
2:46 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

UI Board Makes No Decision On Former 'Terrorist' Professor

University of Illinois adjunct professor James Kilgore speaks to the U of I's Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday in Springfield. Kilgore's contract was not renewed after his criminal history came to light.
Credit Hannah Meisel/WUIS

  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.

Kilgore was a member of the Symbionese 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.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Tue December 1, 2009

Editor's Note: New Inductees to Hall of Fame

Dana Heupel
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

On November 16, Illinois Issues sponsored the 10th Samuel K. Gove Illinois Legislative Internship Hall of Fame event and inducted five new members who had gone through the program at the University of Illinois Springfield (or then-Sangamon State) or the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and then made significant contributions to the public sector.

This year’s inductees were:

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