University of Illinois

CHAMPIAGN, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois trustees are expected to consider a legal settlement with a professor who lost his job offer over a series profane anti-Israel Twitter messages. 

University spokesman Tom Hardy confirmed trustees are expected to vote on a proposed settlement with Steven Salaita in his lawsuit against university trustees, former Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise and others.

Salaita's attorneys responded to requests for comment.

U of I athletic director fired

Nov 9, 2015

University of Illinois Interim Urbana Chancellor Barbara Wilson says the decision to fire athletic director Mike Thomas came after a law firm’s release of a final report into abuse allegations within the football and women’s basketball programs.  But speaking in a morning news conference, Wilson says the dismissal is tied to ‘distractions’ and not any misconduct or violations of policies or standards by the now-former Athletic Director.

Illinois' economy continues to grow, but at a slower rate than it was a few months ago, according to a monthly economic report from the University of Illinois.  

A University of Illinois trustees' committee has voted to eliminate a bonus for president Timothy Killeen worth $225,000 if he stays in the job for five years.

University of Illinois leaders say cuts announced last week in administration spending aren't the only places where the state budget uncertainty is having an effect.

By now, you’ve probably heard several news accounts about the World Health Organization report that associates the eating of processed meat with a higher risk of cancer.  A food scientist at the University of Illinois says all that needs to be taken in context.  

University of Illinois trustees are expected to vote next month on whether to remove a retention bonus from President Timothy Killeen's contract.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - While it waits to find out how much money it will receive from the state this year, the University of Illinois says it has cut $24 million in expenses. The university says the money was cut from data processing and building maintenance. It's a small fraction of the school's $5.6 billion annual operating budget or the $209 million Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed cutting from the school's state appropriation.

Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media

In an interview with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows, Stephen Salaita says he hopes to one day teach in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois.

Salaita, who’s suing the university following the withdrawal of his faculty appointment, was in Champaign-Urbana Tuesday for a talk at the Independent Media Center in Urbana.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - An open records request has found that 57 University of Illinois athletics employees are part of a program that has dealers provide them with $1.5 million worth of vehicles.  The "Fighting Illini Wheels" program has 33 dealers provide the cars. The vehicles go to coaches, administrators and wives. Men's basketball coach John Groce drives a 2015 BMW worth more than $68,000 and UI athletic director Mike Thomas has a 2014 Hyundai worth $55,000.

An American kestrel that the University of Illinois used as an educational bird of prey has been found after escaping last week.

An NCAA filing shows that the University of Illinois spent more than $650.000 for a Chicago law firm to investigate racial discrimination and abuse accusations in the women's basketball program.

3 U of I faculty violate Illinois ethics law

Sep 18, 2015

A state ethics panel says three University of Illinois faculty violated Illinois ethics laws when they used their campus email addresses to discuss political activity with a congressional candidate in 2013. 

The United States' top education official has been traveling through the Midwest by school bus and made a couple stops in Illinois.  The U.S. Secretary of Education's visit to the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus today highlighted services for disabled students.

U of I honors disability advocate

Sep 14, 2015

The University of Illinois’ main campus in Urbana was the first in the country with accommodations for those with disabilities, ranging from bus routes, to residence hall, to a wheelchair sports program.  There’s now an effort in Congress to honor the man whose innovation started it all.

A former University of Illinois graduate student is suing the school's board of trustees and others, claiming administrators retaliated against her after she accused a visiting researcher of sexual harassment.

The University of Illinois is grappling with a requirement of the Affordable Care Act that takes effect in 2016. 

A judge has taken a preliminary step toward allowing a professor suing the University of Illinois over the loss of a job offer to pursue a claim that the university destroyed evidence.


The mumps outbreak at the University of Illinois stands at over 100 cases after the first week of classes. Those who have contact with the U of I are now being encouraged to get an extra dose of the mumps vaccine. Most who’ve come down with the disease had already been vaccinated. Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department administrator Julie Pryde says the outbreak is a "public health crisis", an exasperating one.


Attorneys for a professor who's suing the University of Illinois over a lost job offer have asked a federal judge to restore claims that evidence in the case was destroyed.

  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois athletes reportedly tested positive for banned drugs 65 times during last school year.  It's more than any school year in at least a decade. A print report cites documents obtained through an information request.  The next highest total in the past 10 years was 52 positive tests in the 2009-2010 year.  The sports with the highest numbers were football, which also has the biggest roster, followed by baseball/softball and basketball. The most common drug was marijuana. Random drug testing has been in place for years.

The University of Illinois' Urbana campus is losing yet another top administrator. Provost Ilesanmi Adesida announced Monday that he's stepping down after three years on the job.

The University of Illinois will name the new court at the State Farm Center after longtime Illini coach Lou Henson.

The University of Illinois is asking a judge to dismiss a former soccer player's lawsuit alleging she was improperly cleared to play after a concussion.

Police says someone has vandalized a large menorah outside a Jewish center on the University of Illinois campus. It's the second time it has happened this year.

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.