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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.

The University of Illinois Flash Index measured the state’s economy for April at 104.3, down a tenth of a point from March.  Any number above 100 on the Index represents a growing economy.  Economist Fred Giertz, who compiles the Flash Index, says the last several months of slow growth in the state’s economy are a result of both negatives like the ongoing state budget impasse, and positives like a declining unemployment rate.

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The University of Illinois is unveiling a new statue on campus that honors women in engineering.  The life-size statue, named "The Quintessential Engineer," is located on the east side of the Micro and Nano-technology Laboratory.

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Illinois' continued state budget problems have prompted S&P Global Ratings to downgrade the credit worthiness of six state universities and the City Colleges of Chicago.  The credit house says it took action with the schools because it's possible lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner will fail to agree on an annual budget by the scheduled end of the legislative session May 31. 

Moody's Investors Service says it will review most of Illinois' public universities for potential credit downgrades over the next three months.  The bond credit rating business also bumped Northeastern Illinois University's credit down two levels. 

Professors at the University of Illinois Springfield could go on strike. That’s the result of a vote this week by United Faculty, a chapter of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Kristi Barnwell, a history professor and vice-president of the faculty union, says the vote doesn’t necessarily mean they will strike.

 

“We’re still hoping that we don’t have to, and that the university’s administration will make some meaningful progress in negotiations at our next bargaining session," she says. "But we needed to let them know that the option is on the table, and our membership is ready if it comes down to that.”

 

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New University of Illinois men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood says he’s honored to be taking over a program in a city he’s visited many times before.  The former coach at Oklahoma State spoke to reporters today at the State Farm Center after he was named the Illini’s 18th head coach over the weekend.  

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois says it will promise to reserve 85 percent of financial aid for Illinois residents if pending state funding legislation is approved.  

University President Tim Killeen called the "Invest in Illinois" measure an effort to keep Illinois high school graduates in state for college and stem a growing loss of students to out-of-state schools. The measure was introduced as an amendment to the funding legislation on Thursday.

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Enrollment in Illinois’ public universities and community colleges continues to decline. That’s according to figures released  by the state Board of Higher Education.  The three University of Illinois campuses and Governors State University all experienced slight gains in undergraduate enrollment over the past year, but all other public universities reported declines. 

The state's ongoing budget deadlock has spurred the University of Illinois to ask its departments to cut an average of about 2% from their budgets.  Interim Provost John Wilkin's office sent the budget guidelines this week to the school's academic units.

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University of Illinois veterans have organized a clothing drive for victims of a fire in Danville that killed one veteran and displaced others.  75-year-old David R. Singleton was killed in the fire at a veterans' group home Feb. 2.

What It Means To Be A Sanctuary City In Urbana

Feb 22, 2017
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On Tuesday, the Trump Administration released details on new policies to ramp up federal immigration detentions and deportations. Ahead of the move, Urbana joined hundreds of other cities in declaring itself a sanctuary city – meaning they’ll offer some protections to people in the country illegally. That could cost the city roughly $1 million in federal funds, based on recent executive orders from the president.

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An Illinois House committee has cleared a proposal that would require public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants who finish with a GPA in the top 10% of their high school's graduating class.  The House Higher Education Committee passed the bill despite opposition from the University of Illinois and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Supercomputers May Help Illinois Get 'Smart'

Feb 6, 2017
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Last week the state of Illinois announced a partnership with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on the University of Illinois Urbana campus. NCSA will be helping the state advance so-called “Smart State” initiatives that will use data to make the state run more efficiently, and help improve cybersecurity.

Bill Gropp is NCSA’s acting director.  Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Moline spoke with Gropp about this partnership and how it developed.

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