University of Illinois entrance marker
(Wikimedia Commons)
August 27, 2015

U of I Trustees Prepare To Vote On Employee Background Checks

The policy would involve all new hires at the U of I's three campuses, not just those with 'security sensitive' positions.  If approved by university trustees next month, it would take effect October 5. 


In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, Steven Salaita, speaks to students and reporters during a news conference at the University of Illinois YMCA.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
August 26, 2015

Salaita Attorneys Again Say U of I Destroyed Evidence

Attorneys for the professor suing the university over having his job offer rescinded have filed new motions after the release of e-mails by now-former Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise. 


Footage from U of I Police security camera Wednesday morning.
(U of I Police)
August 26, 2015

Arrest Follows Damages To Chabad Menorah

Damage to the symbol outside the University of Illinois' Chabad Jewish Center is estimated at about $2,269.  The menorah had already been replaced after vandals knocked it over in spring 2015. 


The work-in-progress 2015 Illinois State Fair butter cow is unveiled at the Illinois State Fair Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Springfield.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
August 25, 2015

Illinois State Fair Attendance Down

Despite ideal weather, State Fair officials report fewer than 412,000 people attended this year.  The state provided no explanation for the figure that was less than half the 961,000 who attended as recently as two years ago.


A gas pump in Jacksonville, Florida
Anthony Inswasty/Wikimedia Commons
August 25, 2015

Gas Prices Should Fall Soon

Area motorists should see gas prices decline now that an Indiana oil refinery has completed unscheduled repairs.  In a statement this morning, B-P announced that a large distillation unit was re-started after being shut down on August 8th.


An illustration of the new basketball court featuring images of Henson's traditional orange blazer and a pair of wings that will represent the 1989 Flyin' Illini team on both ends of the court
August 24, 2015

U Of I Announces Lou Henson Court At State Farm Center

The University of Illinois will name the new court at the State Farm Center after longtime Illini coach Lou Henson. The university announced the move Monday, saying the Lou Henson Court will bear the 83-year-old former coach's signature.


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