University of Illinois trustees have okayed a 165-million-dollar renovation plan for Assembly Hall on the Champaign-Urbana campus.  The board signed off on the design plans and on the new name -- the "State Farm Center" -- for which the insurance company is paying 60-million-dollars.  

The board also ratified a 200-thousand-dollar raise for head basketball coach John Groce, bringing his compensation package to one-point-six-million-dollars a year.  The board has also approved raising the insurance rates for students on the Chicago campus so that gender reassignment surgery could be covered.

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