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UI receives additional stopgap budget, still no permanent state funding

UI receives additional stopgap budget, still no permanent state funding

Angelica LaVito, Staff writer
January 17, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, State

The new year renewed old budget questions for the University. Funding from the state, allocated in a stopgap budget passed in June, expired Jan. 1. The Illinois General Assembly has begun negotiations on a permanent budget, but until anything is passed, higher education remains unfunded. The Unive... Read more »

Dakota Access Pipeline denied; community reacts

Dakota Access Pipeline denied; community reacts

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
December 5, 2016
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, State, Top Stories

For months, protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline made headlines across the nation. On Sunday, the Army Corps denied easement and announced that the pipeline will be rerouted; however, the location is to be determined. The pipeline is more than a battle between an oil company and local citizens. For Ther... Read more »

University startup correctly predicts Trump, Brexit

University startup correctly predicts Trump, Brexit

Michael Semaca, Staff Writer
November 28, 2016
Filed under Campus, News, State

In the wake of Donald J. Trump’s victory in the presidential election, voters and pundits alike wondered the same thing, how could Trump have pulled off such a massive upset over his seemingly heavily favored opponent, Hillary Clinton. Nearly every poll had Clinton winning most swing states a... Read more »

Pantries provide meals for students in need

Pantries provide meals for students in need

Lauren Scafidi, Contributing Writer
November 17, 2016
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, State

With rising tuition costs, some students are unable to afford food at the end of the semester, Operations Manager of Wesley Food Pantry Dawn Longfellow said. To combat this issue, the RSO Illini Fighting Hunger teamed up with local Wesley Food Pantry in September during Hunger Action Month to provide ... Read more »

Sanctuary petition circulates, Illinois House scheduled to vote on ACCESS bill

Sanctuary petition circulates, Illinois House scheduled to vote on ACCESS bill

Megan Jones, Staff Writer
November 16, 2016
Filed under Administration, Campus, News, State, Top Stories

A petition to make the University a sanctuary for undocumented students is spreading in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s win. A sanctuary area has policies of not cooperating with federal immigrations authorities, providing public protection and safety for undocumented students. For ... Read more »

Post-election University works to improve relations with public officials

Post-election University works to improve relations with public officials

Megan Jones, Staff Writer
November 9, 2016
Filed under Administration, News, State, Top Stories

Now that the election season is over, other concerns can re-capture people’s attention. Including the budget impasse and the University’s funding problem. Lindsay Anderson, executive director for governmental relations for the UI system, updated Board of Trustees members at a subcommittee meeting Wed... Read more »

Governor Rauner proclaims a World Champion Chicago Cubs Day

Governor Rauner proclaims a World Champion Chicago Cubs Day

Daily Illini Staff Report
November 3, 2016
Filed under Around Campus, News, State, Top Stories

Illinois will be in an official state of celebration tomorrow. Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed Friday as “World Champion Chicago Cubs Day across Illinois in celebration of the Cubs’ historic World Series win over the Cleveland Indians,” according to a press release. “I’m a North Sider. I was born a f... Read more »

Coal ash continues to pollute Vermilion River

Coal ash continues to pollute Vermilion River

Ashni Gandhi, Staff Writer
November 2, 2016
Filed under Around Campus, News, State, Top Stories

With 57 types of fish and 190 types of birds, the Vermilion River is the only state-designated wild and scenic river in Illinois. However, of these various creatures dominating the landscape, 24 species are listed as state-threatened or endangered. Coal ash and its effect on the river is the primary... Read more »

Illinois senate race heats up amidst controversy

Illinois senate race heats up amidst controversy

Michael Semaca, Staff Writer
October 31, 2016
Filed under Election Guide, News, Special Sections, State

With so much focus on who next will be sitting in the Oval Office, it’s easy to forget that there are so many more political races happening in 2016 across the country. The state of Illinois is no exception: one of its’ US Senate seat is up for grabs on Nov. 8, when Republican incumbent Mark ... Read more »

Illinois Supreme Court Justice to Speak at College of Law

Illinois Supreme Court Justice to Speak at College of Law

Daily Illini Staff Report
October 19, 2016
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride will be giving a speech at the University on Monday, Oct. 24 at 12:00 pm. The speech, titled “Illinois Supreme Court Elections: Darned if you do, darned if you don’t!”, will be held in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium in the Law Building. Kilbride’s... Read more »

Sen. Durbin reflects on the legacy of the party of Lincoln

Sen. Durbin reflects on the legacy of the party of Lincoln

Lilly Mashayek, Staff Writer
October 18, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, State

As the party of Lincoln continues to create controversy during the 2016 Presidential Election, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin spoke on campus about the president’s lasting legacy in modern Illinois and in the nation overall. Durbin gave the lecture on Monday evening as part of the lecture series "The New L... Read more »

Wicklund, Davis stay civil during 13th Congressional Debate

Wicklund, Davis stay civil during 13th Congressional Debate

Joseph Longo, Assistant News Editor
October 14, 2016
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, State, Top Stories

Unlike the 2016 Presidential Debate last Sunday night, Rodney Davis and Mark Wicklund remained remarkably civil and even friendly Thursday at the 13th Congressional Debate in Urbana. WILL, an NPR affiliate, hosted the debate in the Richmond Studio location at the University. Niala Boodhoo, host of... Read more »