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A University of Illinois alumna says officials should form closer ties with the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma and reinvent the university's former mascot. 

Chris Quintana covers the "culture wars" on college campuses and other news for The Chronicle of Higher Education. He was intrigued by the story of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's one-time icon, Chief Illiniwek. Quintana visited the school and surrounding area for a story released earlier this year.

Jump Simulation Center

Peoria’s Jump Simulation is being honored as one of the best in the world. The health care and engineering center is one of 20 globally to earn accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in five distinction areas.

The University of Illinois is hosting its first graduation ceremony for its online-only Master of Business Administration program.

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University of Illinois administrators want to see the Urbana campus move on without Chief Illiniwek. Through a series of public events, they’re seeking input from the community on how best to achieve that. Christine Herman spoke with attendees at an event Tuesday to learn what they see as the path forward.

Students applying for admission into the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will soon be able to self-report their standardized test scores.

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The first employers are being signed up now for Illinois’ Secure Choice retirement savings program. State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says that under the program, private-sector workers who don’t have a retirement plan at their job can have a portion of their pay automatically set aside in a state savings program. Frerichs says those savings will be shielded from any state financial problems.  

The University of Illinois is hoping to strengthen its connections with Africa through new partnerships, research exchanges and student enrollment.

The University of Illinois is in the midst of a national search for its first-ever chief diversity officer.

A former University of Illinois student accused of sexual assault has filed a lawsuit alleging the school violated his constitution rights to due process.

University of Illinois trustees have voted to increase student health insurance premiums for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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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.

 

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Hundreds of classes have been canceled and dozens more relocated as a strike by graduate employees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign continues into a second week. On Tuesday night, graduate workers occupied the office of university president Tim Killeen. Strikers have a variety of demands, but one of the most contentious points focuses on the future of tuition waivers — and whether some graduate workers will have to pay tuition while employed in academic positions on campus.

 

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.

 

A federal judge has set an April 2019 trial date for a former physics student accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China.

Lawyers for a former physics student accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China intend to ask the presiding federal judge to recuse himself in the death penalty case. 

Flash Index: Illinois Economy Continues to Grow

Feb 6, 2018
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign / Department of Economics

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.

The University of Illinois is launching a new bioenergy research center that will be used to generate new fuel products directly from plants.

Federal prosecutors in the case of a former physics student charged with the kidnapping and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China say they don't object to delaying the trial now that the government is seeking the death penalty.

U.S. prosecutors have told a judge they will seek the death penalty against a 28-year-old man charged with the kidnapping and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China.

New data from the University of Illinois' expanded background-checks policy show that the school withdrew 35 job offers across three campuses last year.

University of Illinois trustees have voted to freeze the school's base tuition for incoming, in-state freshmen for a fourth consecutive year.
 
University President Timothy Killeen made the recommendation to the board of trustees in an effort to stop an exodus of Illinois high school graduates to colleges in other states. The board voted Thursday, approving the freeze for the university system's three campuses.
 

Attorneys for a man accused of killing a University of Illinois scholar from China are asking a judge to dismiss a main charge against him and change the location of his trial.

The University of Illinois Springfield is opening its first student union.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says he will recommend that the school freeze its base tuition for incoming, in-state freshmen for a fourth consecutive year.

The University of Illinois is considering an expansion of its solar farm.

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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. 

Killeen Weighs In On Congressional Tax Reform Bill

Dec 20, 2017
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University of Illinois President Tim Killeen says he's pleased the Republican tax reform bill protects graduate education … but he cautions it could harm higher education in other areas.

In an email to U of I employees, Killeen says he is glad Congress kept the tuition tax benefit in place for graduate students. If grad students get their tuition waived as part of their research and teaching work, they will not have to report that waiver as income.

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 69 years in prison for fatally shooting a man at a party near the University of Illinois.

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