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The federal government has issued emergency use authorization for a coronavirus saliva test developed by the University of Illinois for broader use around the state.

Larry Dietz at news conference
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Illinois State University's president does not have too much concern about a potential spike in COVID-19 cases to start the second semester.

Walk-up testing site
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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s saliva-based COVID-19 test has never operated under emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, despite prior claims that it did, an FDA spokesperson tells Illinois Newsroom.

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Marisa Hardwick isn’t surprised there are now more than twice as many cases of COVID-19 on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus than previously predicted by university researchers.

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UPDATED 7:30 a.m. | About a thousand students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have tested positive for COVID-19 since twice-a-week coronavirus testing became mandatory for all students on Aug. 16.

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The huge gap between the capacity at the University of Illinois and the capacity at Illinois State University to test for the virus that causes COVID-19 may soon disappear.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said Monday he's closely monitoring the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases among students.

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Illinois State University said Tuesday it is still assessing the impact of new rules issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that could prevent some international students from attending the school.

Allen Hall on the University of Illinois Urbana campus.
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University of Illinois student Andrew Smith of Normal has been arrested in connection with a noose found in an elevator at Allen Hall in Urbana early Sunday morning.


One of the leaders of an expanding health care technology partnership in Illinois says their work will lead to better outcomes for patients in rural areas.

State Farm Center exterior at the University of Illinois.

The University of Illinois will start selling beer in general seating areas at Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center this fall.

Woman listens to a woman's heartbeat.
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The University of Illinois at Chicago is getting $12 million from the National Institute of Health to continue taking part in a national study of health issues facing Hispanics.

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The University of Illinois is dedicating a garden to a 26-year-old Chinese scholar who authorities say was kidnapped near campus and killed last year.

Yingying Zhang disappeared June 9, 2017, after she arrived at the university in central Illinois. Former graduate student Brendt Christensen has been charged with her abduction and death. Authorities have not found her body.

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U of I College of Law

Fourteen professors or instructors from the University of Illinois College of Law signed a letter opposing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A University of Illinois student could face criminal charges after police say he accidentally caused serious burns to another student by setting a bottle of alcohol on fire.

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Mark your calendars: Illinois State football will take on the University of Illinois in Champaign in 2020.

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The University of Illinois on Monday announced a new financial aid program designed to make enrollment at its Urbana-Champaign campus more affordable for middle-class students.

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The University of Illinois' new medical school is set to open its doors with its first class of 32 students.

The News-Gazette reports the Carle Illinois College of Medicine will kick off a weeklong orientation for students on Monday. There will be a welcome from Dean King Li, campus tours and a barbeque before studies begin.

"It's getting real," said Andrea Jake, director of student affairs.

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McLean County residents facing home foreclosure will no longer be able to receive free help from a legal clinic sponsored by the University of Illinois.

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The University of Illinois is in the midst of a national search for its first-ever chief diversity officer.

Fu Dog statue at Allerton Park.
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Allerton Park has seen the future, and it does not include funding from the State of Illinois. 

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The University of Illinois plans to offer new degrees that combine computer science with music or crop sciences.

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Graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are worried that the Republican tax reform plan could make their education more expensive.

Prosecutors: U of I Kidnapping Suspect Attended Victim's Vigil

Jul 6, 2017
Yingying Zhang
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Prosecutors say the suspect in the kidnapping of a University of Illinois scholar from China attended a vigil for the victim a day before his arrest and spoke about how she resisted.

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The chair of a committee set up to deal with Unofficial Saint Patrick’s Day at the University of Illinois Urbana campus says he cannot be certain that the death of a student was definitely due to the unsanctioned event.

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University of Illinois employees will receive a 2 percent raise in March after the school had to put pay increases on hold for the last two years.

A school spokesman says the raises will take effect in February and the money will show up in March paychecks. University President Tim Killeen put general raises on hold for a second-straight year last summer due to the state budget impasse. But Killeen said he was optimistic the school could provide a mid-year raise by making cuts elsewhere.

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The University of Illinois has reverted back to an early-notification option for admissions after a two-year experiment with only one application deadline.  

Students who apply to the university by Nov. 1 will qualify for ``early action,'' in which applicants will know by Dec. 16 whether they're admitted, denied or deferred for consideration until Feb. 3.  

Those who apply to the university by Dec. 1 will find out their status Feb. 3, too.  

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University of Illinois officials are reporting new cases of hand, foot and mouth disease among students on the Urbana campus.  

Dr. Robert Palinkas said about 10 new cases bring the total to a little more than 70 since the beginning of the semester.  

He said campus housing units are focusing on sanitation and some affected students have been isolated.

University of Illinois trustees have approved a contract with football coach Lovie Smith that will pay him at least $21 million over six years.  

They approved initial terms for Smith after he was hired in March that were backloaded to pay him $10 million in salary over his final two years. The final contract now moves $2 million of that money to earlier years in his contract.  

University spokeswoman Robin Kaler declined to say what the buyout terms are if he Smith is fired because he and others still need to sign the contract.

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University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen will be paid a $100,000 performance bonus for his first year on the job. 

University trustees voted at their regular meeting  Thursday to award Killeen the bonus.  Under his contract, the bonus was the maximum Killeen could have received for reaching performance goals. His salary is $600,000 per year. 

Killeen leads the university system and its campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. He finished his first year on the job in May.