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University astronomers celebrate total solar eclipse

University astronomers celebrate total solar eclipse

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...

Young Dems hosting Women in Politics Panel

Young Dems hosting Women in Politics Panel

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
August 7, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, State, Top Stories

The Champaign County Young Democrats are hosting a Women in Politics Panel featuring several elected officials at the Champaign Public Library on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. State Rep. Carol Ammons, State's Attorney Julia Rietz, former State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson and Former Champaign County...

University to receive state funding as Illinois passes first budget in years

University to receive state funding as Illinois passes first budget in years

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
July 6, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, State, Top Stories

The Illinois House overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a state budget on Thursday. Because both the Senate and House voted in favor, Illinois will have its first budget in two years. For University students, the end of the budget stalemate means the MCORE construction will resume on Green St. Construction...

Man arrested in connection to missing scholar; Zhang presumed dead

Man arrested in connection to missing scholar; Zhang presumed dead

Lillian Barkley, Editor-in-Chief
June 30, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, State, Top Stories

The FBI has arrested a suspect in the case of Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting Chinese scholar. Zhang is presumed dead, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. Brendt Christensen, 28, was taken into custody. On Thursday, law enforcement officials overheard him explain that he kidnapped Zhang. "Based on this, and other facts...

Walk, concert set to show support for missing scholar

Walk, concert set to show support for missing scholar

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
June 27, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, State, Top Stories

A walk and concert to support Yingying Zhang will take place on Thursday evening to convey the community’s support for the missing scholar who disappeared from campus almost three weeks ago on June 9. According to the University press release, the event is organized by the Chinese Students and Scho...

Family releases new photos of missing scholar

Family releases new photos of missing scholar

Daily Illini Staff Report
June 26, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, State, Top Stories

More than two weeks after Yingying Zhang's disappearance, the University of Illinois Police Department released additional photos of the missing scholar, provided by her family. https://twitter.com/UIPD/status/878772973938855936 Zhang, a 26-year-old woman from China, was last seen on June 9 entering...

FBI makes missing scholar case a national priority

FBI makes missing scholar case a national priority

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
June 23, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase, State

The University of Illinois Police Department confirmed today that the FBI has made the disappearance of Yingying Zhang a national priority, according to a release. FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jon Holloway said he has access to the full resources of the FBI. More agents are working o...

University to offer $40,000 reward in missing scholar case

University to offer $40,000 reward in missing scholar case

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
June 19, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, State, Top Stories

The University and Champaign County Crime Stoppers will announce Monday evening a $40,000 reward for those with information leading to the arrest of the person, or persons, involved with Yingying Zhang's apparent kidnapping. Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China, was reported missing on...

Criminal history question may be prohibited from admissions process

Criminal history question may be prohibited from admissions process

Leon Li, Staff Writer
April 27, 2017
Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

Public colleges and universities in Illinois may soon be prohibited from considering criminal history during the admissions process. The Criminal History in College Applications Act, HB 3142, has been passed by the Illinois House and is awaiting Senate vote. Many college applications, including the Com...

Vice President for economic development and innovation chosen

Vice President for economic development and innovation chosen

Jessica Berbey, Assistant Daytime Editor
April 25, 2017
Filed under Administration, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State, Top Stories

Edward Seidel has been appointed vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois System. “It is really an honor to be asked to take on this role for the university system, which includes all three campuses at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield,” Seidel sai...

US suspends expedited processing for H-1B work visas; University endures repercussions

US suspends expedited processing for H-1B work visas; University endures repercussions

Luke Cooper, Staff Writer
April 17, 2017
Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

University job positions may be empty starting this fall as the United States government has issued a temporary suspension of expedited application processing for H-1B visas, which allow skilled foreigners to work for companies and institutions within the country. This expedited processing, referred ...

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign to build 100th house

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign to build 100th house

Sabrina Yan, Staff Writer
April 13, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County is going to build their 100th house in the local community. A new house project located on 1408 W. Hill St. has already started initial construction, and the walls of the house are planned to be raised on May 1. Habitat for Humanity is an international org...

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