blog postsNew book a real-life thriller about rare book theft at New York Public LibraryJul 18, 2013 9:00 am154 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new book from a University of Illinois expert in crimes against rare books tells the real-life story of the biggest score in rare-book theft and the dogged hunt for the perpetrators by the special investigator of the New York Public Library.Paper: Police reform law underenforced by Department of JusticeMay 29, 2014 9:00 am150 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A law designed to combat police misconduct is hamstrung by limited resources, a lack of transparency and "political spillover" at the U.S. Department of Justice, says a recently published empirical study by Stephen Rushin, a law professor at the University of Illinois and expert in criminal law and policing.What's the difference between Indiana's religious freedom law and Illinois'?Mar 31, 2015 1:15 pm149 views Robin Fretwell Wilson, expert on family law and policyMany solve civil justice problems on their own, rarely involving attorneys, says studyAug 19, 2014 9:00 am148 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many of life's problems are also civil legal problems, but people don't see them that way. As a result, they often deal with them on their own, and rarely involve lawyers or courts, or even other third parties, according to a recent study.Placebo effect largely ignored in psychological intervention studiesJul 9, 2013 3:00 pm133 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Many brain-training companies tout the scientific backing of their products – the laboratory studies that reveal how their programs improve your brainpower. But according to a new report, most intervention studies like these have a critical flaw: They do not adequately account for the placebo effect.Expert: Ruling in private pension case could have implications for retireesJun 9, 2011 9:00 am129 views 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.Active self-defense strategy best deterrent against cyber-attacksJun 27, 2011 9:00 am128 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With the threats of cybercrime, cyberterrorism and cyberwarfare looming over our hyper-connected world, the best defense for the U.S. might be a good offense, says new research by a University of Illinois expert in technology and legal issues.Study takes rare look at how materialism develops in the youngDec 11, 2006 9:00 am125 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As Christmas approaches, many people blame advertising for stoking the desire among teenagers to own the latest and best in computers, clothes, toys, video games, jewelry, sports equipment and cosmetics.Unionization denied: What's next for the College Athletes Players Association?Aug 24, 2015 12:15 pm119 views A Minute With...™ Michael LeRoy, expert on collective bargaining in athleticsExpert: Cutting-edge gains not always death knell for old-guard firmsNov 27, 2007 9:00 am118 views 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.Track record of anti-poverty 'Enterprise Zones' is mixedFeb 20, 2006 9:00 am112 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Since Ronald Reagan's presidency in the 1980s, attempts to alleviate poverty have shifted away from urban renewal and centralized government planning to so-called "market-based solutions."Program helping poor in India become better informed buyers, sellersMar 19, 2007 9:00 am108 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A University of Illinois professor has started a grassroots program to help poor people in India improve their consumer and business skills.Expert: Trump’s attitude toward immigrants, migratory laborers echoes past presidentsJan 14, 2019 8:45 am105 views 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.Structural reform litigation an effective tool for curbing police misconductMar 18, 2015 9:00 am104 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 has served as the basis for the reform of many police departments in cities across the country, including Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. And in what's now seen as an increasingly likely next step, Ferguson, Missouri, will undergo its own Department of Justice-administered police reforms.Paper: Absence of copyright has its own economic value, social benefitsApr 13, 2015 9:00 am99 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study co-written by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law demonstrates that the value of creative works in the public domain such as books, images and music can be estimated at least as precisely as the value of commercially available copyrighted works.Market failure to blame for sex discrimination at Wal-MartJun 15, 2011 9:00 am97 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Wal-Mart's relentless pursuit of efficiency has yet to fully extend to its own workforce, as sex discrimination is still a major issue for the ubiquitous big-box giant, according to research published by a University of Illinois expert in employment discrimination.Vikram Amar, noted constitutional law scholar, named dean of U. of I. College of LawJul 6, 2015 9:00 am95 views Vikram Amar has been named the 13th dean of the College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.Tax changes loom for state of Illinois ahead of budget address, expert saysFeb 17, 2015 9:00 am81 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As Gov. Bruce Rauner readies his first budget address, expect him to propose changes that could have major consequences for certain demographics, a University of Illinois expert on taxation issues says.Students at Illinois devise plan to redevelop abandoned coke oven plantApr 1, 2005 9:00 am75 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.Study: NCAA eventually prevails in most student-athlete lawsuitsJul 7, 2014 9:00 am74 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When student-athletes sue the NCAA, they win the initial round of litigation almost half of the time. But according to a new study from a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics, the NCAA eventually wins more than 70 percent of the time on appeal - a finding that could pressure both groups to adopt a new model for amateur athletics that more closely aligns itself with the employment relationship.Research: NCAA football exploits players in 'invisible labor market'Aug 23, 2012 9:00 am70 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - College football exploits players in an "invisible labor market," and the only plausible way for student-athletes to address their interests is the credible threat of unionization, according to research from a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.Are state proposals for pension reform constitutional?Apr 3, 2013 9:00 am67 views A Minute With™... law professors John D. Colombo and Laurie ReynoldsStudy: Crop diversity myths persist in mediaNov 2, 2011 9:00 am65 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The conventional wisdom that says the 20th century was a disaster for crop diversity is nothing more than a myth, according to a forthcoming study by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law.Law needs to be changed to make it easier to prosecute domestic violenceDec 23, 2003 9:00 am63 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To deal effectively with domestic violence offenders, criminal laws should be changed to include the kind of evidence now admissible for prosecuting child molesters and rapists, a scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign argues.Public employee pensions continue to lose out to gambling giveaways, expert saysMar 24, 2015 9:00 am62 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A legacy of giveaways to gambling interests continues to haunt the pension system in Illinois, a leading national gambling critic and University of Illinois expert warns.John D. Colombo named interim dean of U. of I. College of LawMay 1, 2014 9:00 am62 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - John D. Colombo, the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Professor, has been named interim dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its May 14 board meeting in Springfield.What can Illinois' new criminal justice reform commission accomplish?Feb 17, 2015 10:15 am61 views Eric A.Johnson, expert on criminal law and procedureSarbanes-Oxley Act unfair when company is bankrupt, law scholar saysAug 16, 2005 9:00 am60 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.Paper: New theory for prosecuting war crimes could lead to greater accountability, reparationsJun 30, 2015 9:00 am57 views A new approach to prosecuting the crime of pillage could lead to greater accountability for war criminals, says a paper from Patrick Keenan, a University of Illinois law professor and expert in international criminal law.Expert: Proposed change to discovery rules a potential 'game-changer'Mar 3, 2014 9:00 am56 views 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.Absentee ballotting fraught with risks, legal scholar saysApr 13, 2006 9:00 am56 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The rising popularity of absentee voting, especially the use of "no-excuse" absentee ballots, poses a risk of vote tampering and election fraud, a University of Illinois legal scholar argues.Study: Regulatory hurdles hinder biofuels marketJul 21, 2011 9:00 am56 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Regulatory hurdles abound for the successful commercialization of emerging liquid biofuels, which hold the promise of enhancing U.S. energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and serving as a driver for rural economic development, according to new research at the University of Illinois.Star status among financial analysts overrated, new study saysApr 10, 2008 9:00 am55 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Some Wall Street analysts are hailed as stars, packing enough wallop to send stock prices soaring or tumbling as their earnings forecasts ripple through a growing landscape of financial news outlets.New business facility at Illinois blends instruction, sustainabilityAug 19, 2008 9:00 am54 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois business students will study this fall in a new, $60 million-plus building filled with high-tech classrooms, counseling and career services, and a state-of-the-art laboratory that simulates real-time market trading.Labor relations expert: The NCAA prefers labor strife to an antitrust lawsuitApr 7, 2014 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A labor dispute serves the NCAA's interests better than an antitrust lawsuit, which could potentially cost the governing body for college athletes millions of dollars in monetary damages, says a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.Why did the European Union deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?Oct 16, 2012 9:00 am49 views A Minute With™... Bryan Endres, the director of the European Union Center and a professor of agricultural lawThe possible national, long-term effects of Wisconsin's labor legislationMar 1, 2011 9:00 am48 views A Minute With™... labor and employment relations professor Ariel AvgarIllinois' pending parental notification law for minors seeking abortionsJun 24, 2010 9:00 am48 views A Minute With™... Leslie J. Reagan, a professor of law, of history and of women's studiesDoes the U.S. need 'potty parity' legislation?Jul 16, 2010 9:00 am47 views A Minute With™... Kathryn Anthony, a professor in the School of ArchitecturePatent examiners more likely to approve marginal inventions when pressed for timeAug 13, 2014 9:00 am46 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Haste makes waste, as the old saying goes. And according to research from a University of Illinois expert in patent law, the same adage could be applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where high-ranking examiners have a tendency to rubber-stamp patents of questionable merit due to time constraints.GM, Chrysler bankruptcies created troubling legacy, legal scholars sayNov 10, 2010 9:00 am46 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Chrysler and General Motors bankruptcy reorganizations represented a sea change in corporate restructuring, one that could portend the end of our current system of bankruptcy reorganization, according to a published article by two University of Illinois experts in bankruptcy law.Scholar questions sanctioning of gambling on U.S. military basesMay 13, 2004 9:00 am45 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.Rise of unincorporated businesses linked to regulatory, ethical issuesAug 22, 2005 9:00 am45 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.Scholar's plan addresses 'spousal refusal,' nursing-home cost burdenApr 2, 2007 9:00 am43 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Spousal refusal, an increasingly popular way for elderly couples to qualify for Medicaid coverage to avoid nursing-home costs, has been painted by critics as an abuse of public funds.Study: Renewable fuel standard needs to be modified, not repealedOct 14, 2013 9:00 am42 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Congress should minimally modify - and not, as petroleum-related interests have increasingly lobbied for, repeal - the Renewable Fuel Standard, the most comprehensive renewable energy policy in the U.S., according to a new paper from two University of Illinois researchers.Center to focus on entrepreneurial education as academic disciplineMar 4, 2004 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Developing entrepreneurial education as an academic discipline is the goal of a center being established by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Internet opens new avenues for con artists seeking to bilk the elderlyMar 23, 2007 9:00 am40 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As more elderly Americans use the Internet, the potential for Internet fraud that targets the elderly grows, according to an article in the latest issue of the Elder Law Journal.Biomass industry needs to prepare for water constraintsFeb 27, 2014 9:00 am38 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The viability of the bioenergy crops industry could be strengthened by regulatory efforts to address nonpoint source pollution from agricultural sources. That, in turn, means that the industry should be strategic in developing metrics that measure the ability to enact positive changes in agricultural landscapes, particularly through second-generation perennial crops, according to a paper by a University of Illinois expert in bioenergy law.Round-the-clock casinos bad for society, U. of I. gambling expert saysApr 3, 2008 9:00 am36 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Gambling addictions and drunken driving are among life-changing problems that will worsen if Illinois allows casinos to take bets 24 hours a day, a University of Illinois professor who has studied gambling for more than two decades says.Retirement expert: Medicare already means-testedApr 29, 2013 9:00 am36 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Obama administration's controversial proposal to "means-test" Medicare recipients is ostensibly aimed at generating more cash for the government from those who can afford it - or squeezing more money out of upper-income seniors, depending upon one's point of view. But according to a University of Illinois expert on retirement benefits, the Medicare program is already means-tested.