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Ameya Pawar drops out of race for governor

Ameya Pawar drops out of race for governor

By Jessica Bursztynsky, News editor

October 16, 2017


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, State

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar announced Oct. 12 that he would not be continuing in the race for governor. The campaign ended due to a lack of funds, according to a press release sent out from the Pawar team. “Without more resources, the only choices for expanding the campaign to a scope that could earn the n...

Bill introduced would restructure higher education system

Bill introduced would restructure higher education system

By Aaron Navarro, On-air News Editor

October 12, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, State, Top Stories

A retooling of the higher education system in Illinois is in the works. Illinois' Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) and State Rep. Daniel Brady (R-Bloomington) recently introduced their Higher Education Strategic Centers of Excellence Plan, which aims to keep Illinois high-school graduates in Illinois universities by making the application system easier. Creating a streamlined, uniform online admission process for all public Illinois universit...

Gubernatorial candidate Ameya Pawar speaks to UI

Gubernatorial candidate Ameya Pawar speaks to UI

By Daily Illini Staff Report

October 6, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, News, State, Top Stories

Ameya Pawar, alderman of Chicago's 47th Ward for about 6 1/2 years, gave a campaign speech Thursday morning at the Illini Union Hotel. “I threw my hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination for governor in January after watching what’s been happening at the state level and across this country ove...

University students travel to China for free

University students travel to China for free

By Heather Schlitz, Contributing writer

October 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, State

A group of 20 University students will travel to Hangzhou, China this summer to take classes and work on green technology as part of the Wanxiang Fellows Program, an agreement between Wanxiang, an automotive parts manufacturing company, and the University system.   Wanxiang began creating programs under the 1...

Illinois leads pumpkin production nationwide

Illinois leads pumpkin production nationwide

By Samantha Boyle, Contributing writer

October 5, 2017


Filed under News, State

Illinois currently holds the No. 1 spot for pumpkin production in the nation, producing three times more pumpkins than any other state. Mohammad Babadoost, professor for ACES, said that Illinois grows and yields more pumpkins than any other state. The state has around 25,000 acres of pumpkins while o...

University commemorates 9/11 with candlelight vigil

University commemorates 9/11 with candlelight vigil

By Aaron Brennen, Staff writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State, Top Stories

In remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Illinois Student Government organized an annual candlelight vigil at Alma Mater. Led by Student Body Vice President Joe Domanski, this year’s vigil was attended by Illinois State Senator Scott Bennett, City Councilwoman Alicia Beck, V...

Support systems for DACA students coming together

Support systems for DACA students coming together

By Aaron Navarro, On-air news editor

September 10, 2017


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, State

Ana Rodas, senior in Fine & Applied Arts, knew the announcement of the rescindment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was coming. So, as an undocumented student, she prepared herself. She logged out of Facebook to avoid the long political posts, focused in class, talked to her...

University officials respond to DACA stoppage

University officials respond to DACA stoppage

By Aaron Navarro, On-Air News Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Showcase, State

President Donald Trump’s administration announced on Tuesday the phase out of a program protecting young undocumented immigrants, leaving the futures of thousands up to Congress. The White House declared that immigration services will no longer be accepting any initial requests for the Deferred Acti...

Agencies attempt to recover from state budget impasse

Agencies attempt to recover from state budget impasse

By Jessica Bursztynsky & Aaron Navarro, News editor and On-air news editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under News, State

Champaign County agencies are taking a breath after two years of stalled state funding, but directors are nervous that break won’t last long. The passing of the state budget on July 6 has given places like the Rape Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services (RACES) in Urbana a solid dollar amount...

From the lecture hall to the campaign trail

From the lecture hall to the campaign trail

By Jessica Bursztynsky, News editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, State

Students enrolled in Jonathan Ebel’s religion courses will be noticing their professor outside of the classroom a lot more. A Navy veteran and University professor for 12 years, Ebel is running as a democrat against Rep. Rodney Davis for the 13th District’s U.S. Congressional seat. Davis has...

Christensen trial moved to Feb. 27

Christensen trial moved to Feb. 27

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, State, Top Stories

Originally set for Sept. 12, Brendt Christensen’s trial has been rescheduled another five months from now, on Feb. 27. Christensen has appeared in court four times since being charged with kidnapping. The federal kidnapping trial was delayed at a pretrial hearing at the federal courthouse foll...

University astronomers celebrate total solar eclipse

University astronomers celebrate total solar eclipse

By Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief

August 19, 2017


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, State

Tens of thousands of people are expected to crowd to southern Illinois on Aug. 21 to witness the total solar eclipse, a small time period in which the moon covers the sun and day seems to suddenly turn to night for a few minutes.  Among the large crowd will be astronomers with the University’s Department...

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