U Of I Team Designs Emergency Ventilator In Days

Hospitals treating patients with COVID-19 face a growing need for ventilators to help them breathe. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have come up with a design for a ventilator … and they’re offering it for free. The Illinois RapidVent, looking at first sight like a few pieces of plastic plus some screws, […]

News Around Illinois – March 31, 2020

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Illinois Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Top 5,000 CHAMPAIGN – On Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 461 new cases of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, bringing the state’s total so far to 5,057. In addition, the death toll in Illinois stands at 75. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email […]

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Updated: March 30 11:15 p.m. The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 500,000 people and killed more than 23,000 worldwide. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. As of March 29, nearly 4,600 people […]

News Around Illinois – March 28/29, 2020

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Updated: Sunday 3:20 p.m. Tornado Damages Homes, Uproots Trees In Northern Illinois OREGON — Weather officials have confirmed a tornado touched down in northern Illinois damaging homes and uprooting trees. The tornado touched down in Ogle County just outside Oregon around 9 p.m. on Saturday. National Weather Service meteorologist Gino Izzi says it was on […]

U of Illinois Wants Suit By Slain Scholar’s Estate Dismissed

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URBANA — The University of Illinois is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the estate of a slain visiting Chinese scholar against two social workers at a campus counseling center. A judge dismissed a federal lawsuit against the social workers in December. But the woman’s estate refiled it in state court in January. […]

University Of Illinois Raises Student Health Insurance Premiums Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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The University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted earlier this month to increase health insurance premiums by more than 30 percent for students at its Urbana-Champaign campus.  Beginning in the fall, undergraduate premiums will increase by almost $200 per semester, while premiums for graduate students will go up by about $230 per semester. The Graduate […]

News Around Illinois – March 23, 2020

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Illinois COVID-19 Cases Top 1,000 URBANA – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 296 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois. The number of cases now stands at 1,049 in 30 counties.  There are also three new deaths: a Cook County man in his 80s, a Chicago man in his 80s and a woman […]

News Around Illinois – March 12, 2020

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Illinois Colleges Suspend In-Person Classes Due To COVID-19 CHICAGO  — Illinois, DePaul, Northwestern and Illinois State universities have decided to suspend in-person classes due to coronavirus fears. The schools on Wednesday joined colleges and universities around the U.S. that have announced a halt to face-to-face instruction. None of the universities are reporting cases of COVID-19 […]

Illinois Rewards Underwood With 3-Year Contract Extension

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois has rewarded basketball coach Brad Underwood for a significant jump this season with a three-year contract extension through 2026. The Illini are ranked No. 23 in the AP Top 25, are 20-9 overall and are tied for second in conference play with Michigan State and Wisconsin at 12-6. Illinois went 14-18 and […]

U Of I Alum Jack Welch, The GE Chief Who Became A Superstar, Has Died

BOSTON — Jack Welch, who transformed General Electric into a highly profitable multinational conglomerate, has died. He was 84.  Welch became one of the nation’s most well-known and highly regarded corporate leaders during his two decades as GE’s chairman and chief executive, from 1981 to 2001. He personified the so-called “cult of the CEO” during […]

University Of Illinois Tells Students In Italy To Return Home Now

URBANA – At the beginning of this semester, 137 University of Illinois students were studying in Italy. On Sunday, university administrators told them to leave the country as soon as possible. The same day, the Italian government said its coronavirus infections jumped 40% to 1,576 and deaths of infected people rose to 34.

News Around Illinois – February 19, 2020

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New Tool Will Help Farmers Calculate Crop Insurance URBANA – Farmers must make decisions about crop insurance over the next few weeks, and a new tool from the University of Illinois can help. The crop insurance calculator allows farmers to enter their state, county, crop, and other farm information, and it spits out different premiums. It was […]

U Of I Student Isolated After Bacterial Meningitis Diagnosis

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URBANA – The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign reported Friday that a student is being treated for bacterial meningitis, but there is a low risk of the illness spreading in the general population. That’s because the student lived in off-campus housing and has been isolated in a hospital during treatment.  In a notice to the community, […]