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  • College of Business scholarship program to benefit members of military

    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.

  • Colombo named interim dean of College of Law

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- John D. Colombo today was named interim dean of the College of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The university Board of Trustees, meeting in Chicago, approved the appointment, effective immediately. His appointment expires Aug. 30, by which time a new dean is expected to have been named.

  • Competing GOP tax plans renew debate about value of deductions

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If a presidential election is looming, it's inevitable that the law many Americans love to hate - the federal income tax - will come under attack from candidates. While this election cycle is no different, two competing plans from GOP rivals renew an important public policy question: Why have tax deductions at all?

  • Conference at Illinois focuses on police activities as they relate to terrorism

    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.

  • Confidence a key to recent economic initiatives, U. of I. expert says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Restoring confidence in the sputtering U.S. economy is at the heart of recent moves to shore up the nation's lagging financial and housing markets, a University of Illinois economist says.

  • Court privacy rulings a threat to the media, expert says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Press freedoms are eroding as courts step in to restore personal privacy battered by an explosion of tabloid reporting on the Internet and 24-hour news outlets hungry for fresh stories, a study by a University of Illinois legal expert warns.

  • Courts mostly ignore immigration status in lawsuits, study says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When a person living in the U.S. without legal permission or suspected of doing so is involved in a work-related lawsuit, most courts disregard their immigration status when determining remedies, says a study from a University of Illinois expert in labor relations.

  • Credit cards' insidious effects may pose product liability issue

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Are credit cards hazardous to your health and safety under the principles of product liability?

  • Deal ending writers strike scores rare victory for unions, expert says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A deal that ended a three-month strike by Hollywood writers also scored a rare victory for unions by giving workers a financial stake in new technology, a University of Illinois labor expert says.

  • Death, injury benefits a casualty of new war strategy, study says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A hole in public policy is shortchanging U.S. soldiers and civilian workers who become casualties of a new-age war strategy that leans heavily on private contractors, a new University of Illinois study says.

  • Deloitte & Touche USA chairman to lecture on leadership and integrity

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sharon L. Allen, the chairman of the board of Deloitte & Touche USA, one of the nation's leading accounting and consulting firms, will talk about leadership and integrity Thursday (March 30) as the 2006 Leighton Lecturer on Ethics and Leadership at the University of Illinois' College of Business.

  • Democratic Party control could ban mandatory arbitration, expert says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Democratic Party control in Washington could restore lawsuits as an option for workers and consumers now forced to settle disputes through mandatory arbitration that gives employers and businesses an unfair edge, a University of Illinois labor law expert says.

  • Depression-era failings behind recent Wall Street bailouts, expert says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Lessons from the Great Depression are likely guiding an unprecedented wave of government bailouts now propping up American International Group Inc. and other cash-strapped financial firms, a University of Illinois economist says.

  • Digital imagery leaves artists without legal protection

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The move from physical objects to digital technology in the art world has created a thorny set of legal questions centered on how artists can protect their work from unauthorized use, manipulation or even destruction.

  • Director of French industrial economic institute to speak at Illinois

    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.

  • Does President Trump’s tax reform plan add up?

    President Trump’s much-hyped tax overhaul plan is tantamount to a 'tax-reform wish list,' said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy

  • Does revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?

    Even though several states have these regulations on the books, they’re really a last resort for collecting student loan debt, says Professor Angela Lyons

  • Does Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch fit the Scalia mold?

    Law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch similar to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

  • Does the U.S. need a moratorium on mortgage foreclosures?

    A Minute With™... law professor Robert Lawless

  • Does the U.S. need 'potty parity' legislation?

    A Minute With™... Kathryn Anthony, a professor in the School of Architecture

  • DVD-editing software raises ire of Hollywood, interest of courts

    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?

  • Economics students to compete in College Fed Challenge

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A team of University of Illinois economics students will compete Nov. 10 in the district finals of the College Fed Challenge, a national contest promoting the Federal Reserve's role in the U.S. economy.

  • Elder law expert: Ryan plan would fundamentally change Medicare

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's proposal to change Medicare for those under age 55 is nothing short of a complete reconceptualization of the health insurance program, says a University of Illinois elder law expert.

  • Electricity markets and transmission course to be offered in Chicago

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 2007 Transmission Business School will take place June 4-7 at the Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago. This marks the 14th offering of the annual course on electricity markets and the transmission business.

  • Electricity-transmission grid, power markets among conference topics

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will offer a course for industry specialists on electricity transmission and power markets June 14-17.

  • Encore of corporate tax holiday unlikely to stimulate economy

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A repeat of a corporate tax holiday that found little success in stimulating the economy in 2005 is still a long-shot to jump-start a stagnant U.S. economy, says a University of Illinois expert in corporate and international taxation.

  • Environmentalist lawyer seeks common ground in property-rights debate

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Don't blame just Hurricane Katrina for leaving New Orleans in shambles or single out wildfires for thousands of homes reduced to rubble this year across southern California, a University of Illinois law professor says.

  • Ethanol will curb farm income until economy rebounds, economist says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Ethanol helped drive two years of record profits for grain farmers, but also will hold income down during a looming recession that has already sliced crop prices in half, a University of Illinois economist says.

  • Executive MBA Program marks 25th anniversary with e-commerce symposium

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The impact and possibilities of e-commerce in everyday business are among the themes of the 25th anniversary symposium of the University of Illinois Executive MBA Program.

  • Executive pay reform unlikely to reduce systemic risk in economy

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Reforms aimed at curbing executive compensation will likely have little effect on reducing systemic risk in the financial system, and they may even have unintended consequences for the freedom to contract, according to a University of Illinois expert in business law and corporate finance.

  • Ex-NFL player says Congress should regulate steroids in pro sports

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Congress should step in to regulate performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports because players and owners lack incentive to effectively police themselves, former NFL tight end Josh Whitman says.

  • Expert: 'Bail-ins' exacerbate market bubbles by making economy more cyclical

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the wake of financial crises, governments that wish to assist crisis victims must choose between publicly financed bailouts and "bail-ins," which use the law to retroactively modify agreements in favor of victims so that private resources support the victims. While bail-ins are politically appealing and may seem fair, a University of Illinois business and law expert argues that they amplify the highs and lows of future business cycles and undermine the policy goals of those who believe free markets allocate investments optimally, as well as those who prefer government guidance in allocating investments.

  • Expert calls proposed gross receipts tax textbook case of 'inefficient tax'

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The gross receipts tax proposed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, while a welcome step in tackling the state's budget shortfall, is a flawed approach to taxation, according to a University of Illinois expert.

  • Expert: Cutting-edge gains not always death knell for old-guard firms

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For every technological breakthrough that spawns new industry giants such as Microsoft or Intel, old-guard companies wither or die, according to an evolutionary theory of capitalism embraced for well over a half-century.

  • Expert: Fiscal cliff deal yields tax certainty at expense of simplification

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although major battles over spending cuts and raising the federal debt limit have been punted for another two months, the fiscal-cliff bill passed by Congress settles most of the significant tax issues that would have an immediate and direct impact on the average taxpayer's pocketbook, a University of Illinois expert on taxation and retirement issues says.

  • Expert: Flawed corporate watchdog methods helped fuel economic crisis

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Archaic corporate governing systems that failed to ferret out risky business deals helped stoke the nation's deepest financial meltdown since the Great Depression, a University of Illinois business law expert says.

  • Expert: Hold on executions could continue after Supreme Court rules

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A historic capital punishment case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court could extend a de facto moratorium that has already halted executions for more than five months, a University of Illinois death penalty expert says.

  • Expert: Keep consumer protection agency free of 'regulatory capture'

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With many Americans now spending most of their adult lives owing debts to financial institutions, the need for a consumer financial agency free of "regulatory capture" is now more acute than ever, according to a University of Illinois expert in consumer credit.

  • Expert: Long-term care health coverage a hidden casualty of economic slide

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many Americans have lost more than just retirement savings amid a year-long economic meltdown that has sliced the U.S. stock market's value by nearly half in a little over a year, a University of Illinois elder law expert says.

  • Expert: Medicaid cuts will hurt low-, middle-income Illinois seniors

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Springfield's plan to slash nearly $1.4 billion from the state's Medicaid program will ultimately result in bigger medical (and financial) problems for low- and middle-income senior citizens and their families, says a University of Illinois elder law expert.

  • Expert: New inflation index could reduce budget deficit

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With its Nov. 23 deadline looming, the congressional "super-committee" charged with reducing the federal budget deficit may change how the government measures inflation, which could raise tax revenues and lower government expenses such as Social Security, a University of Illinois expert on taxation and retirement issues says.

  • Expert: Pervasive 'credential creep' bad for health care practitioners, consumers

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The outcome of a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court last fall could potentially slow the trend of the ever-increasing number of occupations subject to state licensing, says a University of Illinois expert in the regulation and financing of health care.

  • Expert: Proposed change to discovery rules a potential 'game-changer'

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A seemingly innocuous proposal that would allow litigants to withhold evidence during the pre-trial phase of a lawsuit could make it easier for large corporations to conceal information in lawsuits, according to a University of Illinois expert in civil procedure.

  • Expert: Ruling in private pension case could have implications for retirees

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could have a great deal of significance for employees and retirees with a private pension plan, a University of Illinois elder law expert says.

  • Expert says economy will worsen if layoffs used to curb company losses

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Widespread layoffs that stem corporate financial losses but leave workers out in the cold would deepen the looming recession that sparked them, a University of Illinois labor expert warns.

  • Expert says gas prices should level off after refineries survived Ike

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Hurricane Ike threatened to send already steep gasoline prices soaring, despite a steady decline in crude oil prices that reached a seven-month low this week, a University of Illinois economic expert says.

  • Expert: Supreme Court decisions on patent cases a rebuke to 'baseless lawsuits'

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down two decisions on patents, both of which were watched closely by technology companies because of their potential impact on nonpracticing entities, otherwise known - and pejoratively referred to - as "patent trolls." But according to a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law, there's nothing inherently wrong with individuals and organizations that don't make things trying to enforce their rights as patent holders.

  • Expert: Taxation of retirement income in need of reform

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although planning for a comfortable retirement is a mainstay of public discussion, far less attention has been paid to the tax consequences of generating retirement income, says a University of Illinois expert on taxation and retirement benefits.

  • Expert: Trump’s attitude toward immigrants, migratory laborers echoes past presidents

    President Trump’s approach to undocumented immigrants and migratory laborers follows the example of past presidents who relied on racial animus to scapegoat foreigners during times of cultural change, says U. of I. labor professor Michael LeRoy.

  • February continues yearlong stagnation of Illinois economy

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - February marked another month with no significant change from the yearlong period of stagnation that has beset the Illinois economy.