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SPews: July 23, 2010

New UI president’s executive assistant will earn $195,000,” News-Gazette, July 21

President Michael Hogan’s new executive assistant will earn $195,000. A former assistant provost, she could also serve as a sociology professor here.

Lisa Troyer of the University of Connecticut will start July 26, though she has been serving on an interim basis since July 2.

GEO again upset with University over tuition waiver policy,” Daily Illini, July 18

The Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) will be holding a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday night at the University YMCA to address changes to the tuition waiver policy for certain programs in the College of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA), according to a press release on the GEO website.

It has been less than a year since the GEO and the University Board of Trustees reached a contractual agreement to protect tuition waivers and increase other benefits for graduate students. The agreement was reached after a strike that lasted two days and stopped instruction in some courses in November.

Controversial new law aims to protect pedestrians,” Pantagraph, July 22

Illinois motorists must come to a complete stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, under legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday.

The measure requires a full stop even if the crosswalk doesn’t have a stop sign or traffic light.

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Supporters say the old law required drivers to yield and stop only when necessary, potentially leading to confusion among drivers.

Blagojevich: ‘It is my decision’ not to testify,” News-Gazette, July 21

Rod Blagojevich stood up in court Wednesday and told the judge the opposite of what he has been saying for months. He now says that he will not testify in his own defense to charges that include trying to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

The ousted Illinois governor, who had loudly insisted on television, radio and even to bystanders outside the courthouse that he would speak directly to jurors, stood in court with his hands folded in front of him, saying calmly and confidently that it was his choice not to testify.

Arrest made in fatal shooting at Tolono store,” News-Gazette, July 21

An apparent argument Wednesday afternoon between two men at a Tolono grocery store has left one man dead.

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said police have arrested Brian Maggio, 42, of Savoy, on a preliminary charge of murder for allegedly shooting his younger brother, Mark Maggio, 32, of Tolono.


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