University of Illinois

The University of Illinois official in charge of a $165 million renovation of the State Farm Center says the project will be 80% complete when the arena opens on Dec. 2. 

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen says he's "testing the waters" with talk of increasing enrollment across the school's three campuses to 100,000.

University of Illinois employees won't see pay raises, at least until a state budget is finalized. 

Nearly a month into the new fiscal year, the university is still waiting to see the impact of budget negotiations.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois is paying the public relations firm Edelman more than a half-million dollars to develop a campus branding plan and re-examine the school's public affairs structure. The the University of Illinois Foundation, which is in charge of fundraising, is paying for the $550,000 Edelman branding contract. The firm was hired in April as the university prepares for a major fund drive set to begin in 2017. Chancellor Phyllis Wise says the expense is necessary because the right branding is important to the overall campus.

  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois has tentatively agreed to a $10 million contract with a national food service company to provide meals for athletes and fans in premium seats at Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center. The five-year, $10 million contract with Sodexo is pending approval of trustees next week.

  URBANA, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says the school will put off any consideration of raises for the coming school year until the state budget situation is settled. Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats could not agree on a 2016 budget before the fiscal year started Wednesday.

Illini baseball team wins NCAA regional

Jun 2, 2015

The Illini baseball team has won its first-ever NCAA regional, while also setting a record for wins in a season.  

The American Association of University Professors later this month will decide whether to censure the University of Illinois over the decision not to hire a professor following his anti-Israel tweets. 

The chancellor at the University of Illinois says she expects the campus to be censured by the American Association of University Professors over the decision not to hire a professor following his anti-Israel Twitter messages.

Timothy Killeen, the new president of the University of Illinois, met with reporters on the Springfield campus Friday.

A White House “national strategy” to reverse America’s declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations is being praised by a University of Illinois scientist known for her research on the subject.

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.

Incoming University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen has set a busy schedule for his first day, meeting with reporters, students and faculty. Killeen starts work Monday on the Urbana campus. He has planned a morning meeting with the news media and will hold a town hall in the afternoon to discuss the university's goals and challenges. Similar get-togethers will be held Tuesday in Chicago. He has said he hopes to quickly launch a new strategic planning process for the university. Killeen is a native of Wales who has lived in the United States for decades.

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.

University of Illinois to offer online-only MBA

May 5, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

The University of Illinois says it plans to launch an online-only MBA program early next year. 

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.

Vice President Joe Biden told students on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus today that they have a responsibility to act to prevent sexual assault.

  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.

The chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says a plan to hire 500 new professors by 2020 may need rethinking amid state budget troubles.

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.

A public-private research laboratory in Chicago plans to develop and test solutions to urban infrastructure problems it hopes can be used around the world.

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.