blog postsFlash Index of Illinois Economy breaks 100 barrier for first time in three yearsMay 3, 2004 9:00 am7 views After three years, the University of Illinois Flash Economic Index has broken through the 100 level, the dividing line between a sluggish and vigorous economy.Food displays, food colors affect how much people eat, researcher concludesMay 10, 2004 9:00 am1021 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Variety may be the spice of life - and a key contributor to an expanding waistline.Scholar questions sanctioning of gambling on U.S. military basesMay 13, 2004 9:00 am42 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - She served at the naval station at Keflavik, Iceland, and in the cold and darkness of the arctic winter fed quarter after quarter into slot machines on the U.S. military base. Some nights Senior Airman Lenyatta Tinnelle won. But over the course of a year she lost $28,000.Flash Index of Illinois Economy remains steadyJun 1, 2004 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After breaking through the 100 barrier in April, the University of Illinois Flash Economic Index held constant at 100.3 in May. This ended a period of steady increases that began last September.Improve care by limiting lawsuits, jury awards in cases against nursing homesJun 17, 2004 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Placing limits on lawsuits and jury awards against nursing homes would improve the quality of care to elderly residents by reducing the skyrocketing cost of liability insurance, an article in the Elder Law Journal argues.Sarbanes-Oxley Act fails to address corporate accounting flaws, scholar saysJun 28, 2004 9:00 am297 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Far from imposing an unreasonable burden on corporate America, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has not tackled the core accounting conflicts that led to investor losses at Enron, WorldCom and other companies, according to an expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Flash Index of Illinois economy may indicate stagnation, economist suggestsJul 6, 2004 9:00 am1 views After a period of consistent increases, the University of Illinois Flash Index has stabilized at just above 100. The June reading for the index was 100.3, the same as both April and May.Use of cameras to monitor nursing-home care is subject of controversyJul 27, 2004 9:00 am306 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The proposed use of Web or video cameras to monitor the care of residents in nursing homes has kicked up a storm.Flash Index's falter mirrors state, national economiesAug 2, 2004 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After steady increases for much of the last year, the University of Illinois Flash Economic Index fell to 100.0 in July from a 100.3 level in June.U.S. corporations should stop being complicit in China's cyber censorshipAug 9, 2004 9:00 am25 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It is known as the "Great Firewall of China," and like its counterpart built centuries before, it is intended to block unwanted invaders from the outside world.Flash Index of Illinois economy up sharply in AugustSep 1, 2004 9:00 am1 views The U of I Flash Index rebounded strongly in August, reaching 100.5. Last month's reading was 100.0. The current index level is the highest since April 2001.Federal policy has failed to prepare nation for possibility of bioterrorismSep 7, 2004 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms a case of smallpox in a Midwest city. Minutes later, officials declare that the country is under a terrorist smallpox attack. Panicked families swamp hospital emergency rooms nationwide.Pro hockey commissioner's position essentially a restraint of trade, expert saysSep 16, 2004 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The lockout of players by the owners of the National Hockey League will harm fans and the sport as owners try to impose cost-saving labor rules.Flash Index of Illinois economy rises to highest level in nearly four yearsOct 4, 2004 9:00 am3 views The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index continued its strong performance in September, rising to 102.2 compared with 100.5 in August. This is the highest level since October 2000, a period of almost four years.Guidelines governing human-subject research deterring scholars, expert saysOct 11, 2004 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Social science research on university campuses is being stifled by "hyperzealous" rules that bear little relation to the goal of protecting human subjects from unethical or unprofessional behavior, an expert from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign writes.Thai philosopher-activist to discuss Buddhism and the lawOct 15, 2004 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sulak Sivaraksa, a noted philosopher and activist from Thailand, will discuss Buddhism and the law on Thursday (Oct. 21) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Anti-business movies reflect makers' dislike of bosses who control filmsOct 20, 2004 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Why do moviemakers seem to delight in raking big business over the coals, a law professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign asks.Rise in U. of I. Flash Index of Illinois Economy suggests stagnation at endNov 1, 2004 9:00 am2 views The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index rose last month to 102.6. The Index was at 102.2 in September.Vegetable lovers should be viewed as different from fruit aficionadosNov 12, 2004 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Health educators and dietitians ought to be more precise the next time they advise Americans that "vegetables and fruit are good for you," according to a study by a nutritional expert at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Pro sports stadiums don't bolster local economies, scholars sayNov 17, 2004 9:00 am942 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If you build it, they will come ... with wallets bulging, eager to exchange greenbacks for peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs and beer, and T-shirts and ball caps with team logos.Flash Index of Illinois Economy registers slight dip in NovemberDec 1, 2004 9:00 am1 views The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index dropped slightly last month to 102.4 from its 102.6 reading in October.Rise and fall of steel industry chronicledJan 20, 2005 9:00 am23 views Steel was once the prototype and pace-setter of American industry, dwarfing every competitor in the world. “Making Steel” chronicles the rise and decline of the steel industry by focusing on the 115-year history of a steel mill and company town – Sparrows Point, Md.U. of I. Flash Index rose slightly in January, continuing upward trendFeb 1, 2005 9:00 am1 views The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index continued its recent strong performance by rising slightly to 103.1 last month from 103.0 in December.Conference at Illinois focuses on police activities as they relate to terrorismMar 1, 2005 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois College of Law will sponsor a conference Friday and Saturday (March 11 and 12) on the regulation of police activities aimed at fighting terrorism and other forms of international crime.Flash Index of Illinois economy indicates moderate expansion taking placeMar 2, 2005 9:00 am1 views The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index rose to 103.4 last month from its 103.1 reading in January. February's results continue to confirm that the Illinois economy is expanding at a moderate pace after a slow recovery from the 2001 recession.If you fill it, they will slurp -- and slurp, and slurp and slurp ...Mar 24, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The eye is greater than the gut.New U. of I. president to deliver lecture on leadership April 11Mar 30, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - B. Joseph White, the president of the University of Illinois, will deliver the 2005 Leighton Lecture at 4:30 p.m. April 11 (Monday) in 141 Wohlers Hall, 1206 S. Sixth St., Champaign.Students at Illinois devise plan to redevelop abandoned coke oven plantApr 1, 2005 9:00 am69 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The task was to create a range of alternatives for redeveloping a derelict vestige of Chicago's once booming steel industry. The time frame: four days.Flash Index of Illinois Economy rises to highest level in six yearsApr 1, 2005 9:00 am1 views The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index registered strong growth last month, increasing to 104.2 from its 103.4 level in February. This is the highest level recorded since March 1999, or six years ago, when the Index stood at 104.3.Director of French industrial economic institute to speak at IllinoisApr 7, 2005 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jean Tirole, scientific director of the Institut d'Economie Industrielle in France, will deliver the David Kinley Lecture in Economics at 3:30 p.m. April 15 (Friday) in 134 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall Auditorium, 611 E. Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign.Changes in management of finances needed to solve state pension crisisApr 18, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The pension crisis roiling Illinois, which has caused Gov. Rod Blagojevich to propose cutting billions of dollars of anticipated retirement benefits to future state employees, has been a long time coming.Flash Index of Illinois economy at highest reading in more than six yearsMay 2, 2005 9:00 am1 views The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index surged a full point last month to reach 105.2. This was the highest reading since August 1998 when the Flash Index stood at 105.3.College of Business scholarship program to benefit members of militaryMay 23, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is establishing a $250,000 education scholarship fund for military veterans and active members of the military from Illinois.Gambling expert decries Indian tribes' attempts to get land for casinosJun 6, 2005 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In testimony before a congressional committee, an expert on gambling at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign denounced efforts by some Indian tribes to acquire land for casinos across state lines.Property-tax relief for elderly now freighted with political baggageJun 13, 2005 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Are property-tax relief programs for the elderly justified in an age of shrinking government revenues and scaled-back public services?Changes advocated in license renewals for elderly driversJun 15, 2005 9:00 am134 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Senior citizens not only drive more these days, but have sped past teenagers as the age group with the highest number of traffic accidents per mile.DVD-editing software raises ire of Hollywood, interest of courtsJun 29, 2005 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What Hollywood studios call censorship and copyright infringement, software companies call freedom and parental choice. Any wonder that the legal issues raised by new film software is winding up in the courts and before Congress?U. of I. Flash Index continues upward trendJul 1, 2005 9:00 am1 views The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index continued to climb last month, rising to 106.5 from its 105.9 level in May.Former president: governing boards 'need to be re-examined, reformed'Jul 5, 2005 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The composition of governing boards of most U.S. public universities does not reflect the expanded mission, programs and sources of support of higher education, the former president of the University of Illinois writes in an article.Program helps small businesses save energy and moneyJul 6, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Businesses in Illinois are now able to cash in on energy savings, thanks to a new technical-assistance program administered through the School of Architecture and the Office of Continuing Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.U. of I. law library acquires prized Blackstone legal commentariesJul 14, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After five years of looking, the University of Illinois College of Law has acquired the first American edition of Blackstone's Commentaries on the Law, completing its collection of original Blackstone editions.Malpractice litigation wrongly blamed for inconsistent health careJul 14, 2005 9:00 am11 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Conventional wisdom holds that malpractice lawsuits are the bane of modern medicine, with high insurance premiums driving doctors from the profession and the threat of lawsuits discouraging health-care employees from reporting and correcting medical mistakes.Waning economy, increasing numbers of lawyers fuel litigation in JapanJul 21, 2005 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It's a cliché that has outlasted its value - the picture of Japan as a culturally harmonious country whose inhabitants value peace and consensus over the clash of lawsuits and lawyers.Governors' pact on electricity transmission a sensible step, expert saysJul 28, 2005 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An agreement by Midwest governors to coordinate policies for electric transmission lines is a positive move to improve the reliability of the electric supply system, a University of Illinois energy expert says.Flash Index of Illinois economy climbing, U. of I. economist saysAug 1, 2005 9:00 am1 views The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index continued its strong performance, rising to 106.9 in July from its 106.5 level in June.Battered women who kill in non-beating situation have self-defense rightAug 15, 2005 9:00 am439 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Answering critics of the "battered woman syndrome," a University of Illinois expert argues that the claims made by victims of domestic violence are a legitimate extension of the longstanding rules of self-defense.Sarbanes-Oxley Act unfair when company is bankrupt, law scholar saysAug 16, 2005 9:00 am54 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Sarbanes-Oxley Act - sometimes referred to as SOX - has come under heavy fire from business groups for adding to the cost of annual corporate audits. Another problem with the law is its encroachment on the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, according to an article in the University of Illinois Law Review.Rise of unincorporated businesses linked to regulatory, ethical issuesAug 22, 2005 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The rapid expansion of non-incorporated businesses, such as limited liability companies (LLCs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), raises questions ranging from government regulation to professional ethics, according to the latest issue of the University of Illinois Law Review.Princeton economist to lecture about global labor marketAug 25, 2005 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Orley C. Ashenfelter, a professor of economics at Princeton University, will deliver the David Kinley Lecture in Economics at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9 (Friday) at 134 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, 611 E. Loredo Taft Drive, Champaign.Workplace arbitration becoming more costly for employersSep 14, 2005 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the wake of a 1991 court decision, a growing number of companies require employees to submit workplace disputes to an arbitrator.