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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.

State universities preparing for big budget cuts

Mar 12, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

Public universities in Illinois are bracing for significant cuts in state funding if the General Assembly passes a budget anything like Governor Bruce Rauner's suggested spending plan.  The governor has proposed cutting state money to universities by one third next year. 

Peoria Public Radio

The University of Illinois' new president will take office sooner than first planned. 

University of Illinois votes for new medical school

Mar 12, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees has voted to create a new medical school on the Urbana campus. The project would found an engineering-focused medical program out of a partnership between the U of I and Urbana-based Carle Hospital. 

University of Illinois President Robert Easter has recommended that university trustees approve a plan to open a new engineering-based medical school in Urbana-Champaign.


A prominent civil rights activist and academic has cancelled a speech at the University of Illinois because of the school's decision to rescind a job offer to a Native American studies professor.

Scientists with the University of Illinois say soil temperatures across the state have been near normal on average so far this winter.

The University of Illinois has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a professor who lost a job offer from the school over profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages.

The Illinois Farm Bureau says last fall's harvest was an historic crop.

Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a large budget cut for higher education including the University of Illinois. Senator Scott Bennett is trying to stop the governor from slashing the U of I's budget, and he's beginning to fight that battle with a stack of paper and a list of names.

Cat opens new data analysis lab

Feb 19, 2015

Caterpillar cut the ribbon Thursday on a new data analysis lab at the University of Illinois Research Park in Champaign. The facility is meant to be the first of several the company will open to use data analysis for research and development.

U of I, EIU respond to Governor's budget

Feb 19, 2015

Governor Rauner’s budget plan would cut state money for higher education by 31 percent. Christophe Pierre, the University of Illinois' Vice President for Academic Affairs, calls Wednesday's budget proposal disappointing. He says the university has other sources of revenue, but many come with restrictions on how the money is spent.

The annual Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Breakfast unveils the Illinois Youth Survey results Wednesday. The survey conducted by the University of Illinois, included 4-thousand students in 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades.

For the first time the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is letting high school seniors know their admission status all on the same day.

U of I Student Was Killed As Part Of Armed Robbery

Feb 4, 2015

Authorities have arrested two men in connection with the death of 20-year old Vicente Mundo, a University of Illinois student who disappeared just over a week ago. Prosecutors have charged 21-year old Daniel Gonzalez of Cicero and 21-year old Reginald Scott of Champaign with first-degree murder.

Chancellor Phyllis Wise says the budget at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus is her top priority for the coming year.

Big names at the University of Illinois are lending their voices to a White House-backed campaign to end sexual assaults at colleges across the country.

State Budget worse off that previously thought

Jan 20, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

University of Illinois economists warn that the states owes so much it could struggle to provide current services. 

University of Illinois trustees have chosen a new chairman to lead their board. Trustees on Thursday named Edward McMillan the chairman of the board that oversees the university's three campuses. McMillan has been a trustee since 2009 and replaces Christopher Kennedy. 

University of Illinois trustees are expected to freeze in-state tuition rates at the school's three campuses.

Rauner’s spending freeze raises questions

Jan 14, 2015
Seth Perlman / Associated Press

It’s not yet clear how Governor Rauner’s executive order freezing all non-essential state spending will affect operations at state universities. But University of Illinois spokesman Tom Hardy says they’ll be taking a close look at the directive.

Incoming freshmen from Illinois would see no increase in base tuition at the University of Illinois next fall under a proposal announced by the school's leadership.

A committee investigating the University of Illinois’ handling of Steven Salaita, a professor whose job offer with the university was withdrawn due to his social media posts, issued a report Tuesday criticizing school officials.