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U Of I Economist Weighs In On Graduated Income Tax

May 4, 2016
University of Illinois-Chicago

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.


The University of Illinois has announced a pair of settlements involving former female basketball players who sued the school and its former football coach, Tim Beckman.

The University of Illinois Urbana campus has 57 faculty and students traveling in or near Brussels, Belgium and has confirmed that all of them are safe after this morning’s explosions in Brussels that left at least two dozen people dead. 

U of I faculty look to leave

Mar 17, 2016

University of Illinois administrators are warning legislators that leading faculty are already looking for positions elsewhere amid a 9-month state budget impasse.  

The University of Illinois is offering tips for students who may be spending spring break traveling to areas where the mosquito-borne Zika virus is prevalent.

Josh Whitman Introduced As U Of I Athletic Director

Feb 19, 2016
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After more than 100 days without an athletic director, the University of Illinois Urbana campus has officially named Josh Whitman to the post.  Whitman is making the jump from NCAA Division III school Washington University in St. Louis, but he says there are more similarities than differences between the two levels.

"At the core of what we do is our students.  That will always be true," Whitman says.  "At a place like Washington University, we're able to recruit across the country, the same as we do at Illinois.  We're able to compete for conference and national championships.  I travel all over the country and meet with an incredibly affluent and successful group of alumni and donors.  So, there are a lot of similarities."



The 37-year-old Whitman was a four-year starter on the Illinois football team in the late 1990s and holds degrees in finance and law from the U of I. 

Whitman says his first official day on the job at Illinois will be March 21.  He replaces Mike Thomas, who was fired by the university in November after a series of incidents in the football and women’s basketball programs.

Whitman says he'll draw on his experience as athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in trying to restore confidence in an athletic department that's been in turmoil.

"An approach that we took up there that I think will work here is that you want to show people incremental progress," he says.  "You want to be able to say 'we're going to do something,' and then you do it.  Over time the wheel starts to turn, and you start to pick up momentum.  Then people understand that this is going to get better."

Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson says that Whitman has a five-year contract that will pay him $600,000 per year, plus incentives for both academic and athletic performance.

Wilson says she knew during their first interview that Whitman should be the new AD.

"Josh is really the full package," she said.  "To add to all of that, it's great to have an Illini.  That wasn't a criterion from the beginning, but it was what I could call icing on the cake.  If we could get all of the things we needed, plus someone who loved Illinois, that would be the best of all possible worlds."

A 9-foot-tall menorah at a University of Illinois Jewish student center has been damaged for a third time in less than a year. The center's rabbi believes school leaders haven't taken a strong enough stand against the vandalism.

U of I approves tuition rate freeze

Jan 21, 2016

University of Illinois Trustees have unanimously approved freezing tuition rates for the second straight year for in-state freshman.  

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen is recommending that trustees freeze tuition for a second straight year for instate freshmen.

The University of Illinois plans to use money left over from a construction project to help build a new African-American cultural center.

The University of Illinois' flagship campus has broadened its ban on hoverboards to cover all of its buildings and other campus facilities.

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Illinois hospitals' exemptions from property taxes are in question after an Illinois appellate court ruling earlier this week found a 2012 state law setting tax exemptions for charitable care to be unconstitutional.  If Carle Hospital in Urbana appeals this ruling , the next stop for this case would be the Illinois Supreme Court.

The University of Illinois' flagship campus is telling students not to bring hoverboards to school when they return from the holiday break.

The privately run student newspaper at the University of Illinois plans to scale back its print product and focus on digital delivery.

A large menorah knocked over earlier this year outside a University of Illinois Jewish center has been repaired and rededicated.

The University of Illinois took an unusual step this year to increase its in-state enrollment.  U of I accepted students with lower entrance-exam scores, and increased financial aid by several million dollars.

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The University of Illinois is officially done with the case of Steven Salaita, the professor whose job offer there was rescinded last year. As Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel reports, the U of I's board of trustees approved a settlement this week that marks the end of an expensive and tense period for the school.

University of Illinois trustees are set to vote on a resolution urging state lawmakers to end an impasse and pass a budget. The resolution also says the university took steps to cut spending and plans for "shared sacrifice" in light of state financial challenges.

A University of Illinois trustees' committee has voted to eliminate a bonus for president Timothy Killeen worth $225,000 if he stays in the job for five years.

University of Illinois leaders say cuts announced last week in administration spending aren't the only places where the state budget uncertainty is having an effect.

College students and administrators gathered at the capitol today to remind lawmakers that the budget impasse is hurting their campuses.  Timothy Killeen, president of the University of Illinois, joined top executives from eight other colleges making the rounds of legislative leaders' offices at the statehouse, while students wearing school colors crowded the corridors. 

More than 5,200 students from China attend the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana and local businesses are taking notice.

The University of Illinois and the hospital it's working with to open a new engineering-based medical school, hope to have the first dean hired by spring 2016.


An American kestrel that the University of Illinois used as an educational bird of prey has been found after escaping last week.

An NCAA filing shows that the University of Illinois spent more than $650.000 for a Chicago law firm to investigate racial discrimination and abuse accusations in the women's basketball program.

3 U of I faculty violate Illinois ethics law

Sep 18, 2015

A state ethics panel says three University of Illinois faculty violated Illinois ethics laws when they used their campus email addresses to discuss political activity with a congressional candidate in 2013. 

The United States' top education official has been traveling through the Midwest by school bus and made a couple stops in Illinois.  The U.S. Secretary of Education's visit to the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus today highlighted services for disabled students.

U of I honors disability advocate

Sep 14, 2015

The University of Illinois’ main campus in Urbana was the first in the country with accommodations for those with disabilities, ranging from bus routes, to residence hall, to a wheelchair sports program.  There’s now an effort in Congress to honor the man whose innovation started it all.

  The process to win approval for a new medical school at the University of Illinois' flagship campus was long and involved serious political maneuvering. Much of that wheeling and dealing took place in emails written by then-Chancellor Phyllis Wise in private email accounts.