April 17, 2014

U of I Trustees Setting Search Committee, Exploring Supplemental Retirement Options

University of Illinois trustees will hold a special meeting Friday to name the 19 members of the search committee that will look for a new president.  They'll also look into options for a supplemental plan to help employees make up for an expected loss in pension funds.
 
U of I President Robert Easter has said he plans to retire in June 2015. The university has said it hopes to have a replacement selected by January.
 
The committee will include trustees, faculty members, students, as well representatives from UI Alumni Association and the UI Foundation, among others.
 
The trustees oversee all three university campuses and will have the final say on a replacement for Easter.
 
Easter has been president since 2012. He replaced Michael Hogan who resigned under pressure from faculty who were unhappy over his plans for the university.
 
Easter was previously a faculty member, dean, provost and chancellor on the Champaign-Urbana campus.

U of I administrators have looked at a few options for helping employees who expect to lose out on a portion of their retirement funds with last year's passage of the pension reform plan.  But the News-Gazette reports that no decision is expected at Friday's meeting.
 


An Iraqi security officer patrols the grounds at Baghdad Central Prison in Abu Ghraib, in 2009.
(Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images)
April 16, 2014

Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed Over Security Concerns

Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison that became the center of 2004 prison-abuse scandal during the U.S. occupation, is being closed temporarily due to security concerns, according to the country's Justice Ministry.


Denise Wiktor works with preschool students at the Shiloh School in downtown Waukegan, Ill., Tuesday, April 18, 2006.
(Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
April 16, 2014

Business Leaders Push For Better Preschool Funding

A coalition of Illinois business leaders want more funding for early childhood education. They say that would benefit the economy, but they don't agree on how to pay for it. 


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