November 19, 2014

Obama Expected To Unveil Immigration Plan On Thursday

President Obama is expected to unveil executive actions on immigration on Thursday and will address the issue in a speech at a Las Vegas high school on Friday, a source familiar with the process tells NPR.


Timothy L. Killeen

November 19, 2014

U of I Names Timothy Killeen Next President

The University of Illinois system has hired State University of New York Vice Chancellor for Research Timothy L. Killeen as its next president.

The university announced Wednesday that the 62-year-old Killeen will become president when current President Robert Easter retires in June.

The 67-year-old Easter became president in 2012 during a period of turmoil.

At a meeting Wednesday morning in Chicago, U of I Board of Trustees Chair Chris Kennedy called Easter a "tough act to follow."

Both of his predecessors, Michael Hogan and B. Joseph White, resigned under pressure. Easter is credited by many with overseeing a relatively calm period.

But Killeen faces uncertainties over dwindling state support for the three university campuses and rising tuition.

Killeen previously was a University of Michigan faculty member and administrator and worked at the National Science Foundation. His research focused on geophysics and space sciences. He's received three awards from NASA.

Kennedy says Killeen's academic history "mirrors the mission of the University of Illinois" and called him "one of the great living researchers" in the world.

Killeen will earn a $600,000 base salary, plus a $100,000 performance bonus. He was picked among six candidates the Board interviewed, out of an even larger pool of 200. The search began earlier this year and lasted eight months. 

Killeen said this appointment to U of I president will be his last job and says he wants to dedicate his presidency to the students of the University of Illinois. Killeen referred to himself as a "genetic optimist" ... not a field of science, but a nod to his positivity, he said.

The co-chair of the committee that sought out the U of I’s next president says it was important to hire someone whose skill set includes areas outside of education.

U of I Trustee Pamela Strobel said the committee believes Timothy Killeen was the best candidate to address financial challenges in Illinois, and build on his research experience at the State University of New York:

“And where innovation, experiments, new technologies are developed, and in turn, that contributes to the better health and economy of the state of Illinois," she said.  "And so we wanted someone who lives and breathes those notions.”

In New York, Killeen launched an initiative to lure in start-up technology companies.  Strobel said he can bring those talents to the U of I, particularly dealing with the UI Labs and digital labs projects.


A house is obscured by lake effect snow Tuesday.

Carolyn Thompson/AP

November 19, 2014

Historic Snowstorm Buries Western New York, Kills 5

Driven by the Lake Effect, a massive snowstorm dumped up to 60 inches of snow on some parts of western New York, killing at least five and paralyzing an area used to huge snow totals.


President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington Tuesday,

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

November 18, 2014

Obama Orders Review Of US Hostage Policy

President Obama has ordered a full review of the process the United States uses to try to recover Americans taken hostage overseas.


Rabbi Isaac Neuman at a service to mark his initiation and the reopening of the East Berlin synagogue in 1987.

(AP-Photo/Elke Bruhn-Hoffmann/- 09/23/1987.)

November 18, 2014

Champaign Rabbi, Holocaust Survivor, Isaac Neuman Dies

A colleague of Isaac Neuman is remembering the longtime leader of Champaign’s Jewish community as a kind and wise man who always spoke the truth.  Neuman died Monday at age 91.


Logo for the STAR Program.

(Courtesy Oncology Rehab Partners)

November 17, 2014

A Rehab Program That Follows Up On Cancer Treatment

Logo for the STAR ProgramPhysical therapist Stephanie Dotson talks with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows about the STAR cancer rehabilitation program at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

Many hospitals have special units devoted to treating cancer patients. The STAR Program is devoted to providing service to patients after their treatment. Stephanie Dotson oversees the program at OSF St. Joseph. It's used by hospitals and clinics in more than 40 states.

In Illinois, the STAR Program has been adopted by hospitals and clinics in Bloomington/Normal, Pontiac (at OSF St. James/Albrecht Medical Center), Springfield, and in the Peoria, Chicago and St. Louis metro areas.

The STAR Program was originated by Dr. Julie Silver, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and a cancer survivor herself.


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