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.
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.
Unionized faculty members at the University of Illinois at Chicago have authorized a strike, even as contract negotiations continue.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that despite the vote, no strike is imminent.
UIC United Faculty represents about 800 educators who've been negotiating with school administrators for 15 months.
Union spokesman John Shuler says the group is hoping to avoid a strike. He says the two sides are continuing to work with a federal mediator to approve a new four-year contract. Meetings are scheduled to take place through early January.
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees dismissed an engineering professor who had a 50-year career at the state's flagship school Thursday. Administrators say it's the first time a tenure decision went to the board.
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.
Wozniak was suspended with pay from his $85,000-a-year job in 2010 after the email.
Police in Urbana say a University of Illinois student has been killed in her apartment a few blocks north of the campus.
Lt. Bryant Seraphin tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette 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.
Seraphin says the victim's roommate was in the apartment during the killing and had been bound. He says she broke free and ran into the building's courtyard where she met officers.
Illinois universities and community colleges have signed on to a deal that would have them pick up the cost of their employees' retirement benefits. It's part of lawmakers' ongoing efforts to reduce how much the state is spending on pensions.
Illinois has cut its spending on universities for years ... and even more reductions are expected next year.
School administrators say it's forced them to hike tuition, and to leave positions unfilled.
Are government workers underpaid? Bob Bruno says his research shows in many cases, they are. He authored a study that found when comparing comparable jobs in the public and private sector, those who work for government, including teachers, get the short shrift. Bruno is a professor of Labor and Employment Relations at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois.
He told WUIS' Sean Crawford the purpose of the study and how he went about the comparisons: