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University students advocate for higher education in Springfield

University students advocate for higher education in Springfield

Daily Illini Staff Report
March 29
Filed under Campus, News, State

Over 200 University of Illinois students are expected to meet on March 29 with state legislators for the University of Illinois Student Day at the Capitol in Springfield to encourage funding for both the University of Illinois and higher education systems. Students from all three University of Ill...

Jesse White Mobile Unit brings office services to University, C-U community

Jesse White Mobile Unit brings office services to University, C-U community

Daily Illini Staff Report
March 29
Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Life & Culture, News, Showcase, State

University students will be able to take advantage of office services from the Jesse White Secretary of State Mobile Unit on March 29 in room 407 of the Illini Union from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Mobile Unit will include several different services, including vehicle sticker sales, organ and tissue donor regi...

University reacts to Trump’s “fake news” tweets

University reacts to Trump’s “fake news” tweets

Andrea Flores, Staff Reporter
March 16
Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

Since Inauguration Day, U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted about the news media almost 30 times. “Fake news” has become a common phrase, especially when referring to outlets like CNN and The New York Times. Scott Althaus, political science professor and director for the Cline Center for...

Chancellor Robert Jones personally invites Obama to campus

Chancellor Robert Jones personally invites Obama to campus

Luke Cooper, Staff Writer
March 9
Filed under Administration, Campus, News, State

Chancellor Robert Jones has reached out to former U.S. President Barack Obama to invite him to the University's 2017 Commencement Ceremony. "We have invited President Obama several times," said Robin Kaler, University spokeswoman. "This year, students got involved to offer additional encouragement for ...

The University isn’t the only college to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

The University isn’t the only college to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Andrea Flores, Staff Writer
March 3
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, State, Top Stories

The University of Illinois isn’t the only school that goes all out for drinking holidays. Across the country, other colleges dedicate a day to honor the drinking traditions of St. Patrick's Day. On the East Coast, Pennsylvania State University celebrates State Patty’s Day, which closely resemble...

Unofficial celebrations seep into Chicago

Unofficial celebrations seep into Chicago

Luke Cooper, Staff Writer
March 2
Filed under Campus, News, State

For many students, celebrating Unofficial Saint Patrick’s Day only occurs during their time at college; however, Chicago-based University alumni are changing that. On March 4, more than 2,000 alumni and friends are expected to gather in Wrigleyville at 10 a.m. to participate in the eighth annual ...

Warm temperatures won’t last, but continue to break records

Warm temperatures won’t last, but continue to break records

Daily Illini Staff Report
February 21
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State, Top Stories

This February has featured unseasonably warm weather, especially in recent days. Monday will be the fourth day in a row the temperature either set or tied a record high, said Jeffery Frame, assistant professor in atmospheric sciences.    Monday's high temperature was 71 degrees in Champaign, which...

The Daily Illini wins best college newspaper in Illinois

The Daily Illini wins best college newspaper in Illinois

Daily Illini Staff Report
February 18
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase, State

The Daily Illini won first place for “General Excellence” and “Online News Website” at the Illinois College Press Association award ceremony in Chicago Saturday afternoon. The ICPA hosts this competition annually and judges various components of college newspapers from across the state. S...

Governor Rauner switches position on MAP grant funding

Governor Rauner switches position on MAP grant funding

Angelica Lavito, Staff Writer
February 16
Filed under Administration, News, State, Top Stories

Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a significant increase in Monetary Award Program, MAP, Grant funding during his budget address to state lawmakers Wednesday. This comes after previous action by Rauner to veto bills supporting MAP grant funding. “When it comes to higher education, we understand the hards...

Gov. Rauner voices support for higher education through a Facebook live Q&A

Gov. Rauner voices support for higher education through a Facebook live Q&A

Jessica Bursztynsky, Staff Writer
February 14
Filed under News, State, Top Stories

Gov. Bruce Rauner took questions from the general public in a Facebook live-stream video, one day ahead of his Feb. 15 speech when he is expected to give a budget address. Rauner stressed the importance of finding compromise in a budget throughout the Q & A session, saying that a budget is ...

Proposed Illinois bill to prevent unwarranted searches of immigrants

Proposed Illinois bill to prevent unwarranted searches of immigrants

Aaron Navarro, Assistant Daytime News Editor
February 14
Filed under Administration, News, State, Top Stories

A group of Chicago area lawmakers have submitted a bill that would prevent law enforcement agencies from conducting unwarranted searches of undocumented immigrants. HB0426, or the “Immigration Safe Zones Act,” would allow schools, places of worship and medical facilities to deny any searches for undocu...

CU community writes letter asking Rep. Rodney Davis to visit

CU community writes letter asking Rep. Rodney Davis to visit

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
February 14
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, State, Top Stories

Passionate members of the Champaign-Urbana community joined together on Monday to participate in C-U Immigration Forum’s “Dear Rodney: Where are you?” letter writing campaign. The campaign, which took place at the Champaign Public Library, was directed toward Representative Rodney Davis as a way to pressu...

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