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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...

Activists encouraged by fewer abortions

Activists encouraged by fewer abortions

Andrea Flores, Staff Writer
February 13
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, State

For the first time since the Roe v. Wade decision, nationwide  abortion rates are at an all-time low. Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that determined a woman’s right to have an abortion, was passed in 1973. Nearly 50 years later, this decision is still being debated, along with the reasons ...

Legality questioned on Trump’s order to cut funding for sanctuary cities

Legality questioned on Trump’s order to cut funding for sanctuary cities

Jessica Bursztynsky, Staff Writer
February 6
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State, Top Stories

President Donald Trump vowed in an executive order on Jan. 25 to cut federal funding for sanctuary cities and counties, a move that could potentially harm Champaign County. Urbana has held sanctuary status since 1986. While standards vary, most sanctuary cities will limit involvement between local police ...

Students, professors oppose Trump’s immigration ban sign petition

Students, professors oppose Trump’s immigration ban sign petition

Angelica LaVito, Staff Writer
January 28
Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Showcase, State

One University of Illinois at Chicago student was unsure whether to stay in the United States after his finished his Ph.D. in two years, but he made his decision Friday. Mohsen Aliabadi, originally from Iran, wants to leave. “The situation has become worse here, for sure,” Aliabadi said. “I do...

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
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...

Dakota Access Pipeline denied; community reacts

Dakota Access Pipeline denied; community reacts

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
December 5
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...

University startup correctly predicts Trump, Brexit

University startup correctly predicts Trump, Brexit

Michael Semaca, Staff Writer
November 28
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...

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