News Local/State - August 10, 2015

New Website Puts “Sunshine” On Political Donations

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once wrote that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” That’s the motivation behind a new website created by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform that provides searchable information on political campaign contributions in the state. 

U of I Education Policy Professor and University Senates Conference chair Nick Burbules

(Burbules web page)

News Local/State - August 10, 2015

U of I Prof: “Gray Area” In FOIA’d E-mails

Professor and University Senates Conference Chair Nick Burbules says he backs the state FOIA law, but still questions whether some of the comments in the 1,100 pages of documents needed to be publicly released.

University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise

L. Brian Stauffer

News Local/State - August 10, 2015

UI Faculty Offer Input Into Wise’s Replacement

The Vice Chair of the Urbana Senate Executive Committee hopes to see a 'seamless' transition as the U of I looks for Chancellor Phyllis Wise's permanent replacement.  The head of the Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition hope for more 'public engagement' with unions.

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News Local/State - August 07, 2015

U of I Omits, Then Includes, Personal Emails To Fulfill FOIA Requests

Emails regarding university business that were sent on private email accounts are finally being released, after they were omitted from FOIA requests regarding controversial issues from the Steven Salaita case to the new medical school at the Urbana campus.

Marilyn Monroe in Bement, 1955

(Illinois Historic Preservation Agency)

News Local/State - August 07, 2015

A Bombshell Dropped (In Bement) 60 Years Ago

As if Abraham Lincoln wasn’t enough, a small central Illinois town can lay claim to a visit from Marilyn Monroe. The actress visited the community of Bement in Piatt County 60 years ago this week.  It's known for being the site where Lincoln and Stephen Douglas met to plan their famous debates.  But on a day in the summer of 1955, it was Marilyn’s town.

U of I Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise, in an interview Monday on campus

(Jeff Bossert/WILL)

News Local/State - August 06, 2015

University of Illinois Urbana Chancellor Wise To Resign Effective Next Week

In a statement, Wise said 'external issues have arisen over the past year that have distracted us from the important tasks at hand.'  She will return to faculty.  U of I President Timothy Killeen said he's in the process of selecting an interm chancellor.

Darius Graves runs from a Rantoul motel room, in a screenshot from police video.

(Champaign/Rantoul Police)

News Local/State - August 06, 2015

Police Release Details Of Rantoul Robbery Suspect Shooting

Rantoul and Champaign Police officials say armed robbery suspect Darius Graves was shot by a Champaign SWAT teamleader, because he appeared to be holding a gun as he ran from his motel room after a standoff. The gun turned out to be a steel pipe wrapped in cloth, but the Champaign County State's Attorney says the shooting was "legally appropriate".

Steven Salaita speaks at the University YMCA.

(Jim Meadows/WILL)

News Local/State - August 06, 2015

Judge Rules That Salaita Lawsuit Against U of I Can Proceed

A federal judge has rejected a request by the U of I to dismiss Steven Salaita's lawsuit against the university, but dismissed four of the nine counts. Salaita is suing the university, for withdrawing his faculty appointment after he sent out a series of sometimes profane Twitter messages critical of Israel.

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