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The Changing Culture Of Competitive College Sports

May 22, 2015
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The University of Illinois now faces allegations of abusive behavior and medical mistreatment against coaches and staff in two sports on the Urbana campus. 

It's too early to know exactly what happened in either case. But, the allegations have raised questions about the culture around major conference athletics.

One women's basketball coach left his job this week, though a statement from the U of I says an investigation showed no rules were violated and no laws were broken.

It's the first week of summer break for students at the University of Illinois, but the for the U of I system's new president, it's the first week on the job.  

New University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says he is optimistic state-budget cuts will not be as deep as the 31.5% that Gov. Bruce Rauner initially proposed.

The University of Illinois now says it plans an independent investigation of allegations that football coach Tim Beckman pressured an injured player to play and that the player was misled about the extent of his injuries.  

The University of Illinois' Chief Financial Officer says the state of Illinois is dragging its credit rating down.  

University of Illinois President Robert Easter will get one last pay increase before he retires later this month.

Officials at the University of Illinois in Springfield say they're holding back on the groundbreaking of a new student union because of the state's troubled budget. 

Some University of Illinois faculty members worry that a policy expanding employee background checks could compromise privacy.

The University of Illinois will honor its first American Indian graduate by naming a dormitory after him.


  Faculty pay at the University of Illinois is among the highest in the Big Ten. The American Association of University Professors annual ranking of faculty compensation places the central Illinois university 17th in the nation among four-year public institutions in compensation for full professors. The average compensation for the university's faculty members is $150,100. That is up from $146,400 in the previous year's report.

The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a speech at the University of Illinois next week on the prevention of sexual assault.

Documents say six venues put in offers to host home games that will be played in Springfield for the displaced University of Illinois men's basketball team.

The Illinois economy is growing at its strongest level in more than a year, according to the University of Illinois Flash Index.

Lawyers for a professor who believes he was wrongly denied a job at the University of Illinois, argued in a legal filing that the school already had a contract with him when it denied him the job.

U of I Researchers Discover Cancer-Killing Drug

Mar 30, 2015
Christine Herman

It's been just over a year since Brenda O’Brien brought her fiancé Pete Biondo to the emergency room at Mercy hospital in St. Louis. She thought he had a tooth infection. But it turned out to be something far more serious.

“They saw a tumor,” she said. “The next day they went in and did a biopsy of it, and they told us that it was anaplastic astrocytoma.”

A terminal form of brain cancer.

The tumor—which was the size of a grapefruit—was too large to be operated on. The doctors said Pete could expect to live another 7 to 10 months.

“I was devastated,” O’Brien said. “You just don’t expect that. So, it was shocking, and it took about, I guess, two days, to really let it sink in.”

Pete has outlived his prognosis by about 5 months. But the illness, the aggressive treatments involving radiation, chemotherapy and drugs to manage side effects, have taken a toll.

“There would be a delay in his thinking, he didn’t function for himself,” O’Brien said. “He had to have somebody live with him to make sure he ate something, make sure he did take showers… It’s been, you know, just a rollercoaster of a ride because at one point you think he’s dying and then the next couple months he seems to turn around, and the cycle starts all over again.”

Some 22,000 people in the United States will receive news like Pete’s this year. And roughly 15,000 will die from cancers of the brain and nervous system. That's nearly 3 percent of all cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. For a patient with the most aggressive form of brain cancer, known as glioblastoma, the future is bleak.

A budget deal lawmakers have approved means about a $15 million cut for the University of Illinois. 

University of Illinois trustees have approved a plan to open a new public-private medical school at the Urbana-Champaign campus.

University of Illinois officials say President Robert Easter will step down about a month early.

University of Illinois President Robert Easter has recommended that university trustees approve a plan to open a new engineering-based medical school in Urbana-Champaign.

Cat opens new data analysis lab

Feb 19, 2015

Caterpillar cut the ribbon Thursday on a new data analysis lab at the University of Illinois Research Park in Champaign. The facility is meant to be the first of several the company will open to use data analysis for research and development.

Prof. Salaita Sues U of I Leaders, Board Of Trustees

Jan 29, 2015

A professor who lost a University of Illinois job offer over his profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages has sued the university's board of trustees and key administrators to try to get that job.

Chancellor Phyllis Wise says the budget at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus is her top priority for the coming year.

Big names at the University of Illinois are lending their voices to a White House-backed campaign to end sexual assaults at colleges across the country.

U of I President to retire in June

Dec 5, 2014

University of Illinois President Robert Easter says it’s possible the school could see a transition to his successor sooner than expected.  He’s slated to retire at the end of June.  

U of I To Announce Next President On Wednesday

Nov 18, 2014

University of Illinois trustees plan to announce the university’s next president Wednesday.

Convicted felon James Kilgore could return to teaching at the University of Illinois. The Board of Trustees has said it’s leaving decisions on hiring him to those at the campus level.

Governor Pat Quinn stopped by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting in Chicago Thursday morning, his last as an ex-officio member. 

The University of Illinois will consider two competing proposals for medical schools in the Spring. The Board of trustees agreed at their meeting in Chicago today that they'll look at plans for a proposed engineering-based medical school for the Urbana campus in March. 

MacArthur Foundation / WILL

The list of 21 recipients of ‘genius’ grants from the MacArthur Foundation includes U of I Environmental Engineer Tami Bond, who looks at the effects of black carbon emissions on human health.

The chancellor for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign continues to face criticism after the administration rescinded an offer of employment to Professor Steven Salaita. But a group of nearly 400 faculty have signed a petition supporting Chancellor Phyllis Wise's decision to withdraw Salaita's appointment after Salaita posted inflammatory comments about Israel on Twitter.  Michael Leroy, a professor in Labor and Employment relations, says the petition is meant to counter a number of academic departments' votes of "no confidence" in Wise. Leroy says administrative leaders shouldn't be forced out of office at the first sign of trouble.