URBANA, Ill. (AP) --
University of Illinois officials are talking about a potential new, private
research and development laboratory in Chicago that would be affiliated with
University President Robert Easter and other
administrators wouldn't discuss details of the idea. But Easter said the idea is under discussion.
Attorneys for the university filed paperwork
to trademark the name "UI Labs: The Future Today" last summer.
The university has set up partnerships with
outside organizations before. The university offers a degree program through a Singapore
campus that is privately managed.
Professor Nick Burbules chairs a faculty
leadership group. He says the university should make sure that any lab program
doesn't pull resources away from the university's three campuses.