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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.

For college students, December means cramming for final exams. Some schools try to help students keep studying by serving midnight breakfast in the dining halls. But at the University of Illinois, one student group puts their own twist on that tradition.

Researchers Boost Soybean Crop Yield By Removing Leaves

Nov 23, 2016
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Researchers at the University of Illinois have found that reducing the number of leaves on soybean plants can increase crop yield by eight percent.  In replicated trials on the Urbana campus, researchers removed up to one third of the emerging leaves on soybeans to boost yield.

Project lead Praveen Kumar, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the U of I,  says producing more food without using more land is vital.

“We are probably maxed out in terms of available arable lands, so we really need a different strategy to increase productivity.”


Eight state lawmakers have filed legislation that would guarantee the University of Illinois multi-year funding in exchange for limits on tuition increases and other benchmarks.  The Democrats and Republicans filed the bill as university trustees met in Chicago and passed a resolution supporting it.

The University of Illinois says it will open a new center at the Urbana-Champaign campus that will be focused on business analytics.  The university says it is using a $5 million donation from the Deloitte Foundation to open the University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics. The foundation is the nonprofit arm of Deloitte, the consulting, audit and tax firm.

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The University of Illinois Springfield is planning an event in which community members can share their political memorabilia with others while also keeping it in their possession.  The university's history department is hosting the "history harvest" Saturday. 

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Enrollment totals for this fall show the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is the seventh-largest public university campus in the country with 44,880 students. Charles Tucker, vice provost for undergraduate education and innovation, said the campus has grown by about 1 percent annually for several decades, largely at the undergraduate level. 

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The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is expanding and in 2017 will host its inaugural class of first-year medical students.

The U of I Professor Who Made Movies Talk

Oct 5, 2016
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The voice of Al Jolson, from the soundtrack of the 1927 movie, The Jazz Singer, which marked the movies’ transition from a silent medium to one with sound. But the evolution of the technology behind sound movies was more complicated than The Jazz Singer would suggest ... complicated enough to include a University of Illinois professor among its many inventors. Today is the anniversary of his birth. Illinois Public Radio's Jim Meadows has more on Joseph Tykociner, and how a pioneer in the field of talking movies ended up on the sidelines.


The Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois is assembling an exhibition of art from Africa's Swahili coast.  Organizers say it demonstrates the interconnectivity of East Africa, the Arab world, and Asia. The exhibition is titled "World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean." It opens in the fall of 2017.

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The University of Illinois has received a relatively glowing financial report from Moody's Investor Service. But it comes with warnings.  In a just-released report, Moody's analysts commend administrators for having years ago prepared to weather fiscal storms like the one higher education's facing now.


The woman who ran the University of Illinois' largest campus after its chancellor abruptly resigned has been promoted to be the No. 2 administrator in the university system.  The university announced that Barbara Wilson will become executive vice president of the three-campus system. 

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University of Illinois trustees have approved a contract with football coach Lovie Smith that will pay him at least $21 million over six years.  Smith is a longtime NFL coach who was hired to replace Bill Cubit.  They approved initial terms for Smith after he was hired in March. The contract was backloaded to pay him $10 million in salary over his final two years. 

University of Illinois officials are re-evaluating the institution's international strategy because of uncertainty over the state budget, shelving a planned office in India.  Interim Provost Edward Feser says the hold on the India office freed up $107,500 for the 2016 fiscal year. 

Figures from the University of Illinois show that its faculty members have received job offers and have resigned to move elsewhere in increasing numbers over the past 12 months.  School officials say that over the past two years, uncertainty over the state budget and pension funding has led more faculty at the Urbana-Champaign campus to look for work outside Illinois. 

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Preliminary enrollment figures from the University of Illinois' flagship campus indicate this fall's incoming class may set a record.  Freshman enrollment at the Urbana-Champaign campus was 7,600 on Monday, the first day of classes. That would be an increase from last year's 7,565 and the record 7,583 in the fall of 2005.

The University of Illinois will use a multimillion-dollar federal grant to study the nation's electric grid and devise ways to respond to a potential attack.   The $18.7 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will let researchers create conditions that mimic a real electric grid. They then will test new technology and cybersecurity tools. 

McDuffie: "Volatile Time" for U of I Minority Students, Faculty

Jul 20, 2016
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Robert J. Jones will be formally introduced to the University of Illinois Urbana campus this morning as its new chancellor, and as the first African-American to lead the U of I’s flagship campus. One U of I professor of African-American studies says he hopes Jones can help make the school more racially inclusive and democratic. 

 Professor Erik McDuffie says it’s been a 

A beagle-rescue group has sued the University of Illinois over the university's refusal to disclose documents showing its treatment of research animals.   The Beagle Freedom Foundation backs legislation requiring research facilities to make animals finished with testing, such as beagles, available for adoption instead of euthanizing them. 

The University of Illinois is adding to its already large network of hundreds of security cameras.  The Champaign City Council voted to allow the university to install eight more cameras at two busy intersections near campus. The cameras will go up at Sixth and John streets and Fourth and Green streets in the next six months to a year.

Moody's Investors Service will review the credit worthiness of seven Illinois universities after downgrading the state's credit to two levels above "junk" status this week.   Moody's announced that "reviews for downgrade" will proceed on the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois University and Eastern Illinois University.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says that the prospect of another year with limited or no state funding makes him "gravely concerned" the school may have to lay off employees or cut course offerings.

U of I employees eligible for overtime pay

May 23, 2016

The University of Illinois is one of the state’s largest employers and one that will be affected by new overtime rules announced last week by the U.S. Department of Labor. Under the new rules, many salaried employees will be eligible for overtime pay for any time worked past 40 hours per week, if they make $47,500 or less.  That’s nearly double the current threshold.  

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University of Illinois History Professor Adrian Burgos says baseball became a true passion early in life. And through his own family and love for the game, Burgos learned about the role Latinos have played since the sport’s inception. Burgos was born just blocks from New York’s Yankee Stadium… and after moving to Florida, he lived near Little Yankee Stadium, the team’s former spring training home. 

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 Swastikas spray-painted on three campus buildings.  A white groundskeeper tossing a noose on a worktable used by a black co-worker.  Chalk messages saying “Build the Wall” and “Trump Deportation Force” written on sidewalks in front of the building that houses the Department of Latina/Latino Studies. 

U Of I Economist Weighs In On Graduated Income Tax

May 4, 2016
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There’s broad agreement in Illinois that it will take at least some additional revenue for the state to get its fiscal house in order. One current proposal in the Illinois legislature would institute a graduated state income tax, currently prohibited by the state constitution. Democrat Christian Mitchell’s bill would put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to allow a graduated income tax. Democrat Lou Lang’s measure would then create graduated income tax rates ranging from 3.5 percent, to 9.75 percent.

Higher ed supporters rally as layoffs continue

Apr 21, 2016
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Illinois colleges and universities have cut staff, eliminated programs and threatened to close … all because they've gone 9 months without money from state government. As people rallied in Springfield Wednesday to push for state cash … there was news of more possible layoffs. Illinois Public Radio's Sarah Mueller reports.