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U Of I Band Performs In Macy’s Parade

Nov 26, 2015
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An Illinois marching band will make an appearance in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Almost 400 students in the University of Illinois marching band will perform in today’s parade.

The U of I band is one of 12 marching in the parade this year. The Marching Illini was selected as the last marching band to perform.

Mariah Carey is scheduled to perform immediately after the band.

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The man credited as the "father of accessibility" at the University of Illinois has died. 

Tim Nugent passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 92. The news was confirmed by the U of I’s College of Applied Health Sciences and Savoy United Methodist Church.

In the late 1940’s, Nugent advocated on the Urbana campus for wheelchair-accessible buses, curb cuts, and other amenities that those with disabilities now take for granted. Many of his ideas have been adopted nationally.

U Of I Athletic Director Fired, Gets $2.5M Buyout

Nov 10, 2015
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The University of Illinois fired athletic director Mike Thomas yesterday.

The school also released the final report from U of I’s investigation into the mistreatment of football and women’s basketball players.

Urbana campus Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson says the report found no wrongdoing by Thomas. But she says “a change in leadership was needed in order to move forward.''

Senior Associate Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk will take Thomas’s place as interim athletic director.

Kowalczyk says he approached the surprise promotion with sadness.

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A state ethics panel says three University of Illinois faculty violated Illinois ethics laws when they used their campus email addresses to discuss political activity with a congressional candidate in 2013.

The Illinois Executive Ethics Commission ruled that three tenured professors should not have used their email addresses at work for political activity --- in this case, discussing campaign work for unsuccessful congressional candidate George Gollin, another faculty member previously cited for the same violation.

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The University of Illinois will perform background checks on every new hire, beginning in October.

The school's board of trustees voted to approve the policy yesterday at its meeting in Urbana.

Board member Pat Fitzgerald, a former federal prosecutor, says the background checks aren't meant to preclude applicants with a criminal record.


Fired University of Illinois football coach Tim Beckman says the findings of an investigation, showing he interfered with medical procedures and pressured players to play hurt, are “utterly false.”

In a statement, Beckman also suggests he might take legal action. He says U of I’s decision to fire him violated his contract. Beckman’s firing was announced Friday afternoon. 

U of I Athletic Director Mike Thomas says the investigation’s preliminary findings showed enough evidence that Beckman needed to be dismissed.

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The mumps outbreak at the University of Illinois stands at over 100 cases after the first week of classes. Students and community members are being encouraged to get an extra dose of the mumps vaccine.

The number of mumps cases in Champaign County has steadily climbed since the beginning of June, when most of the student population leaves the campus.

So far, a total of 93 students have been infected, and 11 more community members have come down with the mumps. Most of them had been vaccinated against the disease. 

Another Top Official At University Of Illinois Resigning

Aug 24, 2015
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The second-ranking official at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus says he will resign over what he calls controversies on campus.

Provost Ilesanmi Adesida said in an emailed statement Monday he'll step down Aug. 31. His resignation follows this month's exit of the top official at the flagship campus, Phyllis Wise. 

In his statement Adesida said ``current controversies are causing distraction to the administration and the student body, and I do not want to contribute to those distractions.'' 

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The University of Illinois is getting by with no new state funding, as the budget impasse continues in Springfield. U of I President Timothy Killeen says they can continue this way for a few more weeks --- but after that, there could be trouble.  

After a month and a half with no state budget, Killeen says the University of Illinois is coping, by relying on tuition revenue, and delayed state funding from last year’s budget, and re-directing some money from the administrative budget over to students in the classroom.

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It’s been nearly a week since Phyllis Wise abruptly stepped down as chancellor of the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus. She cited "external issues" that have “distracted us from the important tasks at hand.”

The day after Wise resigned, the U of I released hundreds of emails in response to Freedom of Information requests. Many of the emails were sent to and from Wise's personal email accounts. They revealed that she also encouraged others to use their private emails, in an effort to skirt FOIA law.