Wednesday, July 13, 2016

University of Illinois looks to freeze tuition again

In some positive news for future University of Illinois undergraduates, President Timothy Killeen said Tuesday he will propose freezing tuition for the incoming class of 2017.

If approved, it would mark an unprecedented third year in a row that the base tuition rates for in-state freshmen would remain the same. Trustees won't vote on tuition until January.

But by announcing the goal now — as high school juniors are gearing up to apply to college — Killeen may ease families' fears about the future of higher education in Illinois at a time when state funding is declining and unpredictable. The tuition charged to a freshman remains the same for the student's four years of college.

Killeen cautioned that without more funding from Springfield, U. of I. may not be able to support a tuition freeze.

With the freeze, students entering in fall 2017 would pay the same tuition as this past year's freshmen: $12,036 at the Urbana-Champaign campus, $10,584 at the Chicago campus and $9,405 in Springfield.

The story was reported by the Chicago Tribune on July 13, 2016.

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Osprey chicks from Virginia introduced to central Illinois in 'translocation' project

The 12 osprey chicks from Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay that were banded, marked and examined here Friday morning were successfully transported to protected sites near Shelbyville and Canton later in the day.

The 6-week-old ospreys — fish-eating hawks with distinctive brown and white coloring — are considered endangered in Illinois. The dozen birds from Virginia are part of a “translocation” project begun in 2013 to re-establish a population of ospreys in the Land of Lincoln.

A major goal is to have at least some of the ospreys return to Illinois for breeding after they migrate south, sometimes as far away as South America, said Tih-Fen Ting, associate professor of environmental studies at the University of Illinois Springfield.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on July 9, 2016.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

UIS professor working to relocate endangered birds to Illinois

A University of Illinois Springfield professor and the Illinois Audubon Society are partnering to relocate endangered birds to the state.

UIS says twelve 6-week-old ospreys were transported to Decatur from Virginia this week.

The university tagged the birds at the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur today.

They will later be released near Lake Shelbyville and along the Illinois River near Canton.

We're told, ospreys are fish-eating birds of prey that are listed as endangered in Illinois.

"I am so excited. This has been a long week. We finally get to this place where we can just finish and band the birds, make sure they're all healthy and happy and let them go," said Tih-Fen Ting, professor at UIS.

The Illinois Audubon Society is contributing $3,000 to transport the birds.

The story was reported by Fox Illinois on July 8, 2016.

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