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State News
1:02 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Lawyers: U of Illinois broke contract with professor

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.

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Health
6:46 am
Mon March 30, 2015

U of I Researchers Discover Cancer-Killing Drug

Rachel Botham, a graduate student at the University of Illinois, prepares solutions of proteins isolated from cancer cells that she treated with chemotherapy drugs. Botham has spent the past 5 years as part of a team working on the development of PAC-1, a new drug candidate for the treatment of brain cancer.
Credit 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.

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State News
12:29 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

State budget deals means $15M cut to U of I

A budget deal lawmakers have approved means about a $15 million cut for the University of Illinois. 

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State News
9:30 am
Tue March 24, 2015

New program aims to find urban infrastructure solutions

Credit UILabs.org

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.

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State News
1:19 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

U of Illinois trustees approve new medical school

University of Illinois trustees have approved a plan to open a new public-private medical school at the Urbana-Champaign campus.

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State News
1:09 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

University of Illinois president to step down month early

University of Illinois officials say President Robert Easter will step down about a month early.

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State News
5:15 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

State universities preparing for big budget cuts

Credit 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. 

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State News
4:34 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

New University of Illinois President to take over sooner than expected

Credit Peoria Public Radio

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

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State News
4:30 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

University of Illinois votes for new medical school

Credit 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. 

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State News
5:09 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

U of Illinois president recommends new medical school

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.

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