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URBANA, Ill. (AP) - An arraignment is scheduled for a 28-year-old man charged in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China. 

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If Congress approves, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be host to a $104 million center for research into new biofuels and bioproducts.

The US Department of Energy is awarding the money over the next five years to help create the university’s new Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation --- CABBI for short.

Plant Biology Professor Evan DeLucia will serve as CABBI’s director. He says the Energy Department was attracted to the U of I because of the bioenergy work it’s already doing.

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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.

Family of Yingying Zhang Increases Monetary Reward

Jul 14, 2017

The family of missing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang has increased the amount of reward money for information about her location. 

Investigators say surveillance cameras at the University of Illinois helped find a suspect in the disappearance of a Chinese scholar. 

A proposed football performance center at the University of Illinois is expected to cost about $79.2 million to build.

The defense attorney for a man accused of kidnapping a University of Illinois scholar from China says his client deserves the "presumption of innocence."

The University of Illinois has planned a summer institute on human-animal studies starting this weekend. 

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Despite Illinois’ problems, economic growth continues at a slow but steady pace.

The University of Illinois will hold a conference focusing on the problem of hunger in college students.

U of I Kidnapping Suspect to Appear in Federal Court

Jul 3, 2017
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The man accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court this morning.

The FBI says it has located the car that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois was last seen getting into earlier this month. 

A walk and concert are planned Thursday to show support for a Chinese woman studying at the University of Illinois who disappeared June 9.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Representatives of University of Illinois police and a campus counseling center will meet with students to discuss the search for a visiting scholar from China.

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There are now two separate rewards posted for information that helps solve the disappearance of Yingying Zhang. Zhang is the 26-year-old University of Illinois visiting scholar from China who has  been missing since June 9.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that'll help locate a visiting scholar from China who disappeared from the University of Illinois. 

Public Universities Continue Battle with Budget

Jun 12, 2017

There are many ways to track the toll of the state’s nearly two-year-old budget standoff. Illinois Public Radio’s David Mercer reports for public universities that is often meaning job cuts. 

The University of Illinois plans to renovate and expand its historic Illini Union built during the Great Depression.

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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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About 75 people attended last night’s Illinois Issues forum on the state budget at the I-Hotel in Champaign. The event was hosted by Illinois Public Media and NPR Illinois, and sponsored by AARP. The panel discussion included former Illinois governor Jim Edgar, University of Illinois president Tim Killeen, Director of the U of I Institute of Government & Public Affairs Chris Mooney, and President of Illinois AARP Rosanna Marquez.

The panel took questions from audience members for about 90 minutes, and heard from two Champaign-Urbana social service providers who have been affected by the nearly two-year budget impasse.  Courage Connection Executive Director Isak Griffiths spoke about the impact on her agency, the only service provider to domestic violence victims in Champaign-Urbana.

The state of Illinois owes Courage Connection more than $300,000 dollars, and they’re trying to raise funds to help make up the shortfall.  You can find more information at courageconnection.org.

The University of Illinois has canceled plans to host a talk by Nobel Laureate James Watson after faculty raised concerns about his discredited views on race and intelligence.  Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene Robinson says the center dropped plans to host the scientist before a date had even been set.

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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.”

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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.

Officials with the American Association of University Professors say an academic censure of the University of Illinois over a professor who lost his job offer over a series of anti-Israel tweets could end next month.  Delegates to the national AAUP meeting in June are scheduled to take up the Steven Salaita case again after voting last year to leave the 2015 censure in place.

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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.

Illinois saw an average statewide precipitation of slightly more than 7 inches last month, making it the second-wettest April on record. January through April also was the warmest on record, with an average temperature of 44.5 degrees. That's 5.4 degrees above normal.

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One way the University of Illinois has been able to weather uncertain state funding over the past several years is by increasing international enrollment. International students at the U of I pay a tuition rate more than twice as high as in-state students … and international student enrollment at Illinois has gone from about 5,00 students a decade ago, to more than 12,000 students today.

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