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U of I Provost Andreas Cangellaris apologized Monday after criticism of his actions during the recent strike by graduate student workers. The apology came during a meeting of the Urbana campus’s Senate and several days after the Graduate Employees Organization, or GEO, called off an 11-day strike.

Cangellaris says he was criticized by faculty and students over his handling of the negotiations.

GEO Strike Ends with New Five-Year Contract

Mar 12, 2018
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Members of the Graduate Employees’ Organization, or GEO, voted Friday to ratify a new five-year contract. The contract puts an end to the nearly two-week-long strike that cancelled hundreds of classes and caused dozens more to be relocated.


GEO co-president Gus Wood says they weren’t going to give up until they got guaranteed tuition waivers for all graduate workers.


What’s In The New GEO Contract?

Mar 9, 2018
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Graduate workers on the University of Illinois Urbana campus are voting Friday whether to ratify a new five-year contract with the University of Illinois.

The Graduate Employees' Organization sent WILL information about what is in the tentative agreement.

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U of I Graduate Employee Strike Enters Second Week

Mar 5, 2018
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The graduate workers’ strike on the University of Illinois Urbana campus enters its second week today, after talks with a federal mediator Sunday yielded no progress toward an agreement.

Both the U of I and the Graduate Employees’ Organization, or GEO, released statements last night after the talks.


Patrick Kimutis with the GEO’s bargaining team says the university did not propose anything different than in the last session, so the strike will continue.


U Of I Graduate Workers Strike

Feb 27, 2018
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 Monday marked the first day of a planned strike by graduate student workers at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus. On Monday afternoon, more than 400 graduate employees rallied on the campus’s main quad to call attention to the walk-out.


Flash Index: Illinois Economy Continues to Grow

Feb 6, 2018
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The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index for January rose three-tenths of a point to 104.4. Anything over 100 indicates the state’s economy is growing.

Economist Fred Giertz reports that that Flash’s rise is driven by strong individual income tax receipts. He also says Illinois’ economic health and strong unemployment figures also mirror the national economy. "It’s been an upward trajectory. Unemployment has been going down, but we haven’t move as fast as the national economy," Giertz said.

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The family of Yingying Zhang is hoping that 2018 will be the year they get answers about her disappearance. That’s when Brendt Christensen, the man accused of kidnapping and causing the death of the young visiting scholar from China, is to go on trial. 

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A higher education professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says the tax cut bill working through congress is a bad deal for students.

Jennifer Delaney, associate professor of Higher Education, has been studying the GOP tax cut plan. She says the version of the plan passed by the House of Representatives taxes the graduate tuition waiver.

Immigration Battle Fuels Higher Ed Uncertainty

Nov 20, 2017
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The ongoing rule changes and legal battles over immigration are affecting international students at the state’s colleges and universities.

Martin McFarland is the Director of International Students and Scholar Services at the University of Illinois. Speaking on the Illinois Public Radio talk show  The 21st, McFarland says the people he works with are getting frustrated with all the uncertainty.

The University of Illinois has a new budget for 2018, and the spending plan holds the line on student tuition.

There’s another new effort to honor the memory of Chief Illiniwek during this week’s University of Illinois homecoming celebration -- a decade after the U of I retired the Chief. However, it's meeting opposition from Native American groups on the Urbana campus.

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A federal grand jury now accuses the alleged kidnapper of Yingying Zhang of murdering her as well.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, a new indictment returned by the grand jury on Tuesday accuses 28-year-old Brendt A. Christensen of the kidnapping resulting in the death of Zhang on June 9th. That’s the day the 26-year-old visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois Urbana campus was last seen. The FBI has said they assume Zhang is dead, but her body has yet to be found. 

A federal judge has delayed until February the trial of the man accused of kidnapping visiting U of I scholar Yingying Zhang.

Family of Kidnapped U of I Scholar Speaks

Aug 22, 2017

The family of kidnapped U of I visiting scholar Yingying Zhang says they will not give up their search for her and Tuesday they asked President Donald Trump for help in finding her. 

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Researchers with the University of Illinois’ crop research project - Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency, or RIPE for short – recently invited the media and the public to a field day. They showed off some of their research on increasing photosynthesis in plants, which they believe will in turn increase plant bio-mass, and crop yields. Don Ort is the associate director of the RIPE project and a crop science professor at the U of I.


Former Illini football player Simon Cvijanovic took to Twitter last night to announce that he has settled his lawsuit against the University of Illinois.  Cvijanovic posted a copy of a news release from the Chicago law firm representing him stating that the U of I has settled the case for $250,000 to compensate for injuries and medical expenses he sustained during his time as a football player at Illinois.  

University officials in Illinois and the United Arab Emirates have signed a deal to let students study at schools in both places and get engineering degrees.  The University of Illinois' new program with the American University of Ras Al Khaima allows engineering students to get a bachelor's degree from the school in UAE and a master's from Illinois.

A new study from the University of Illinois weighs in on the debate surrounding the origins of life on Earth.  University researchers have provided evidence for a "metabolism-first" model of creation by tracing the evolution of molecular functions through time. 

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The University of Illinois has approved a nearly $16 million renovation for a new medical school at the Urbana-Champaign campus.  The Board of Trustees voted to spend $15.9 million to upgrade the existing Medical Sciences Building. 

Nick Offerman to Speak at U of I Commencement

May 12, 2017
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Actor and University of Illinois alumnus Nick Offerman will deliver this year’s commencement address to graduates on the Urbana campus this Saturday. Offerman is best known for his role as Ron Swanson in the NBC comedy series “Parks and Recreation.”  Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Moline spoke with Offerman about his message to U of I graduates, and his newest television show for NBC, “The Handmade Project.”


New bylaws from the University of Illinois fraternities' governing board will require all chapters to train their members on how to intervene to prevent sexual assault.  The change from the university's student-run Interfraternity Council requires all 42 campus fraternities to teach every second-year member about "bystander intervention" in addition to the two sexual-assault-prevention programs already mandated for all students on campus.


This year's University of Illinois commencement has become a big draw.  Officials say students have already picked up more than 33,000 tickets for the May 13 graduation ceremony at Memorial Stadium. The keynote speaker is actor and humorist Nick Offerman.

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The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign athletic director says his department was operating at about a $6.2 million deficit in 2016, with both revenue and spending numbers ranking in the bottom half of the Big Ten. 

Supercomputers May Help Illinois Get 'Smart'

Feb 6, 2017
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Last week the state of Illinois announced a partnership with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on the University of Illinois Urbana campus. NCSA will be helping the state advance so-called “Smart State” initiatives that will use data to make the state run more efficiently, and help improve cybersecurity.

Bill Gropp is NCSA’s acting director.  Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Moline spoke with Gropp about this partnership and how it developed.

A University of Illinois senior administrator says President Trump’s recent Executive Order halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries could be harmful to the university’s mission.  Executive Vice-President Barb Wilson says the U of I needs what she calls “open doors” to fulfill its mission.

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A longtime advocate of immigration reform applauds the University of Illinois’ revised language on protecting students who may be here illegally … as the Trump administration threatens to deport them.  Illinois Public Media’s Jeff Bossert has more:



Lawyer and U of I law professor Francis Boyle says altered language from President Tim Killeen essentially makes the U of I’s three campuses ‘sanctuaries’ without using that term.

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An estimated 600 people demonstrated at Willard Airport near Champaign-Urbana Sunday,  joining tens of thousands across the nation who protested in the US protesting President Donald Trump’s executive order, banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries.  Illinois Public Media’s Jeff Bossert has more.



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The greenhouse at the University of Illinois Energy Farm will soon be receiving environmentally friendly heat during winter months.  A new "biomass boiler" from Germany will be replacing the greenhouse's currently used propane gas. 

When the issue of dog behavior is discussed, you’ll often hear certain misbehavior attributed to dominance. But one University of Illinois expert says the science doesn’t back that up. 

Dr. Kelly Ballantyne is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist with the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Moline spoke with Ballantyne about some of the misconceptions about dominance in dogs.

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The University of Illinois System is considering extending a freeze on its base tuition for in-state freshmen to a third consecutive year.  The proposed in-state tuition freeze for the system's universities in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign was reviewed by the Board of Trustees' Audit, Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee. It will be considered by the full board on Jan. 19.