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The University of Illinois continues to struggle with faculty recruitment and retention despite the state budget crisis subsiding. 

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A public defender entered a “not guilty” plea Wed. for Brendt Christensen, the 28-year-old man accused of kidnapping and killing Yingying Zhang. 

A man accused in the abduction and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China is to be arraigned on new charges.

The University of Illinois is appointing a task force to develop policies to avoid issues with disruptions while maintaining free speech and a welcoming environment.

The University of Illinois is preparing to launch its newest fundraising campaign with an event that one school official calls "one part Ted Talk and one part Cirque de Soleil."

The University of Illinois is leading a $25 million initiative to develop an "internet of battlefield things."

Trump's Immigration Policy Not Affecting U of I

Oct 5, 2017

The Chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says so far, the Trump Administration immigration and visa policies have not hurt the university in recruiting students and employees. 

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ameya Pawar wants Illinois to move towards free tuition for state universities. And the Chicago alderman says one way to do it is to spend more on capitol development at state college campuses.

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A federal grand jury now accuses the alleged kidnapper of Yingying Zhang of murdering her as well.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, a new indictment returned by the grand jury on Tuesday accuses 28-year-old Brendt A. Christensen of the kidnapping resulting in the death of Zhang on June 9th. That’s the day the 26-year-old visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois Urbana campus was last seen. The FBI has said they assume Zhang is dead, but her body has yet to be found. 

Movie-related memorabilia collected during late film critic Roger Ebert's tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times will become part of a University of Illinois collection.

U of I Focuses on Energy With Newly-Formed NextGrid

Sep 27, 2017

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be at the forefront of helping develop the next generation of energy. It’s called NextGrid, and the 18-month study begins tomorrow.

Federal prosecutors in New York have indicted four NCAA men’s basketball assistant coaches on charges of fraud and corruption. 

University of Illinois researchers discovered significant atmospheric changes during last month's solar eclipse. 

University of Illinois officials say they can't provide legal help to students affected by changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but that they'll try to connect them with lawyers.

A judge has allowed lawyers for a 27-year-old suspect in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China to withdraw from the case on grounds he can't foot the legal bills. 

DACA Supporters Rally At U of I in Champaign-Urbana

Sep 7, 2017
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University of Illinois students, faculty and staff rallied on the Urbana campus Wednesday in defense of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 

Illinois saw cooler-than-average temperatures in August and the National Weather Service says the lower temperatures are expected to continue in September.

Defense Lawyers Seek to Leave Zhang Murder Case

Sep 5, 2017

Lawyers for Brendt Christensen, the 27-year-old man accused of kidnapping Yingying Zhang, are asking a judge’s permission to withdraw from the case.

Attorneys Thomas, Evan and Anthony Bruno have been representing Christensen, who’s accused of kidnapping U of I visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.

University of Illinois officials say the decision from President Donald Trump's administration to wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation creates uncertainty for some students.
 
The university system's president and chancellors of its campuses in Chicago, Urbana-Champaign and Springfield sent a letter to students, faculty and staff Tuesday afternoon. Earlier Tuesday Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the program known as DACA is an "unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch."
 

The University of Illinois will no longer use the music known as the “War Chant” during athletic events on its Urbana-Champaign campus.

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A two-part computer "phishing" scam made to steal banking passwords attacked University of Illinois computer users and their off-campus email contacts from as far as Ohio.

UI Technology Services spokesman Brian Mertz says the scam's first wave was an email saying the user had authorized a large payment. The email included an attachment that had a piece of malware that infected the user's computer and read its address book. The users' address books were used to send a second wave of emails with a fax attachment known as a "banking Trojan."

Experts say heavy rain and flooding affected northern Illinois in July while the central and southern parts of the state saw dry weather that caused crop damage.

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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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