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The state’s economy continues to grow slowly, according to the University of Illinois' monthly Flash Economic Index. 

The Flash Index for November rose three-tenths of a point to 104.2, up from a five-year low in October.

Any reading over 100 means the economy is growing, according to U of I economist Fred Giertz. "It’s not the kind of explosive growth that people are looking for but the fact that it's slow and steady is news in itself," Giertz said.

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A Chicago Bears and Fighting Illini legend will be immortalized in bronze at the University of Illinois. 

Fighting Illini Athletic Director Josh Whitman announced that the university has commissioned U of I alumnus George Lundeen to create a bronze statue of Dick Butkus to display on the east side of Memorial Stadium.

The Chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said the Trump administration's immigration and visa policies have not hurt the university in recruiting students and employees so far.

Graduate students, faculty, and staff from overseas can come to the country and work on a H-1B visa. The Trump administration suggested curtailing this program.

Chancellor Robert Jones says even with changing news out of the White House, the state’s flagship university is still able to recruit overseas students and employees.

U of I Panel To Study Next Generation Of Power

Sep 28, 2017

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be at the forefront of helping develop the next generation of energy.

Engineering professors will take part in NextGrid, an 18-month study that begins today.

NextGrid brings together several experts in the energy, utility and engineering fields to come up with new ways to produce the next generation of power. The project is being overseen by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).

NCAA

Federal prosecutors indicted four NCAA men’s basketball assistant coaches on charges of fraud and corruption. 

One of them, Lamont Evans, worked under current University of Illinois head coach Brad Underwood when Underwood was the head coach at Oklahoma State University.

The other three assistant coaches charged are Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, and Tony Bland of the University of Southern California.

Prosecutors also indicted James Gatto, the Director of Global Marketing for Adidas.

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