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The University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum plans an exhibition of medieval manuscripts starting this month.  The museum says the exhibit "Making and Breaking Medieval Manuscripts" will display primarily books from the 13th through 16th centuries originally adorned with hand-drawn illustrations. In many cases those illustrations remain but some are missing those pages.

Climatologists say the average statewide temperature in Illinois last month was the seventh warmest October on record.  Illinois State Water Survey reports the average temperature for October was 59.8 degrees, 5.4 degrees above normal. 

The chancellor of the University of Illinois has ordered a study on the institution's diversity efforts.  The university already spends millions each year on scholarships, recruitment efforts and other programs to diversify its student body and create a welcoming climate for people of all backgrounds.

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The University of Illinois is planning to try again for full state funding in fiscal 2018, which it hasn't seen since 2015.  The university is also focusing on its efforts for a multiyear budget arrangement with Illinois. It plans to announce legislation next week that would provide five years of guaranteed funding in exchange of hitting certain educational benchmarks.

The University of Illinois says it will open a new center at the Urbana-Champaign campus that will be focused on business analytics.  The university says it is using a $5 million donation from the Deloitte Foundation to open the University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics. The foundation is the nonprofit arm of Deloitte, the consulting, audit and tax firm.


University of Illinois officials say they've seen more than 60 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease among students since the beginning of the semester.  Dr. Robert Palinkas says the rate has slowed, so the infections may have peaked.

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Enrollment totals for this fall show the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is the seventh-largest public university campus in the country with 44,880 students. Charles Tucker, vice provost for undergraduate education and innovation, said the campus has grown by about 1 percent annually for several decades, largely at the undergraduate level. 

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The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is expanding and in 2017 will host its inaugural class of first-year medical students.

The University of Illinois says it has cut the number of its employees by 484 over the past 18 months, about 3% of the school's non-instructional workforce.  The university says most of the cuts were made through attrition as people left jobs, and that 202 of the positions were in the university system's central administration.

The U of I Professor Who Made Movies Talk

Oct 5, 2016
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The voice of Al Jolson, from the soundtrack of the 1927 movie, The Jazz Singer, which marked the movies’ transition from a silent medium to one with sound. But the evolution of the technology behind sound movies was more complicated than The Jazz Singer would suggest ... complicated enough to include a University of Illinois professor among its many inventors. Today is the anniversary of his birth. Illinois Public Radio's Jim Meadows has more on Joseph Tykociner, and how a pioneer in the field of talking movies ended up on the sidelines.

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A Champaign teenager has been charged with murder in a weekend shooting at a party near the University of Illinois campus that killed one and injured three other people.  18-year-old Robbie Patton appeared by video from the Champaign County Jail and barely spoke as the charges against him were read. 

A warrant has been issued for a suspect in connection with last weekend’s fatal shooting in Champaign’s Campustown neighborhood.  18-year-old Robbie Patton of Champaign is wanted for murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, for firing off shots during a fight outside a Campustown apartment building. 

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz says the fight that preceded the shooting Sunday near the University of Illinois campus appears to have begun after one woman spilled a drink on another at a party.  Police say the party was at an apartment in the Campustown area that runs through the middle of campus. The large party spilled out of the apartment.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois police say they're searching for suspects after two shootings over the weekend left one dead and four injured.

University Police Department chief Jeff Christensen says one of the injured victims was a student. Authorities have identified the man who died early Sunday as 22-year-old George Korchev of Mundelein. Authorities say Korchev and the four injured were not involved in the shootings. Those injured had non-critical wounds.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man shot dead on the University of Illinois campus was planning to start a career as a nurse.

Officials at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville say 22-year-old George Korchev of Mundelein was expected to start Monday as a registered nurse. He recently passed his nursing board exam.

U of I Students React to Weekend Shootings

Sep 26, 2016
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Students at the University of Illinois reacted with shock and sadness to the shooting early Sunday morning in Champaign that left one person dead and five others injured. Christine Herman reports.

The day after the deadly shooting near the University of Illinois, the incident was still foremost for many students on campus.


Chris Williams said while he’s used to hearing about shootings in his hometown of Chicago - having it happen in Champaign was unexpected.

The Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois is assembling an exhibition of art from Africa's Swahili coast.  Organizers say it demonstrates the interconnectivity of East Africa, the Arab world, and Asia. The exhibition is titled "World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean." It opens in the fall of 2017.

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The University of Illinois has received a relatively glowing financial report from Moody's Investor Service. But it comes with warnings.  In a just-released report, Moody's analysts commend administrators for having years ago prepared to weather fiscal storms like the one higher education's facing now.

In a small pond in Wisconsin,  a recent study took place that could have some big implications when it comes to the spread of Asian Carp.  
The invasive species threatens to take over waterways, like the Great Lakes. It's already become a major problem in the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers and elsewhere.

The woman who ran the University of Illinois' largest campus after its chancellor abruptly resigned has been promoted to be the No. 2 administrator in the university system.  The university announced that Barbara Wilson will become executive vice president of the three-campus system. 

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University of Illinois trustees have approved a contract with football coach Lovie Smith that will pay him at least $21 million over six years.  Smith is a longtime NFL coach who was hired to replace Bill Cubit.  They approved initial terms for Smith after he was hired in March. The contract was backloaded to pay him $10 million in salary over his final two years. 

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois says fall enrollment is up but the number of incoming freshmen at the Chicago campus is down. The announcement Thursday followed news that freshman enrollment at Eastern Illinois University dropped sharply.

Several state universities have already announced enrollment declines related to Illinois' state-budget crisis.

Enrollment at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus is up 1.8 percent to 44,087 and freshman enrollment is up slightly to a record 7,592. The Springfield campus reported a 1 percent enrollment increase to 3,483 and an 11.9 percent freshman boost to 300.

University of Illinois officials are re-evaluating the institution's international strategy because of uncertainty over the state budget, shelving a planned office in India.  Interim Provost Edward Feser says the hold on the India office freed up $107,500 for the 2016 fiscal year. 

Figures from the University of Illinois show that its faculty members have received job offers and have resigned to move elsewhere in increasing numbers over the past 12 months.  School officials say that over the past two years, uncertainty over the state budget and pension funding has led more faculty at the Urbana-Champaign campus to look for work outside Illinois. 

U of I President, Officials Look to Expand in Peoria

Aug 31, 2016
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The Jump Trading Simulation Center in Peoria hosted a meeting with U of I President Timothy Killeen, business and community leaders, along with state and federal lawmakers.

The stated objective of the meeting was to talk about potential opportunities to further existing partnerships that will in turn produce economic growth.

President Killeen says it was the largest delegation of U of I Officials ever to meet in Peoria. / Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources/ University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Illinois researchers say a new type of corn disease has been found in northern Illinois.  The university says bacterial leaf streak was found in a field in DeKalb County. 

The University of Illinois will use a multimillion-dollar federal grant to study the nation's electric grid and devise ways to respond to a potential attack.   The $18.7 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will let researchers create conditions that mimic a real electric grid. They then will test new technology and cybersecurity tools. 

Scientists at the University of Illinois say recent rainfall has increased soil moisture significantly in all parts of the state.  Jennie Atkins of the Prairie Research Institute at University of Illinois says Illinois received nearly 2 inches of rain from Aug. 11 to 14. 

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois says it has received an $18.7 million federal grant to develop a way to test the United States' response to and recovery from any attack on the country's electric grid.

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In the midst of a continuing state budget impasse, the University of Illinois has seen an increase in the number of faculty members leaving for other campuses. University President Timothy Killeen says there’s cause for concern, but there’s no crisis.