University of Illinois to start classes almost a week late

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois students and professors will have extra vacation time next month as classes will start almost a week later than usual. The News-Gazette reports the Aug. 28 start will push final exams closer to Christmas. The university’s governing calendar requires that the semester last 14 weeks and that it not start before Aug. 22. The policy pushes the start of classes closer to the end of August every five or six years.