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Tax bill raises alarm among graduate students

Tax bill raises alarm among graduate students

By Heather Schlitz, Staff Writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, State

Gus Wood, a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of History and co-president of the GEO, feels unheard. “The University just doesn’t like to be transparent with us, which is unfortunate because a lot of graduate students right now are freaking out all over the campus about this bill,” ...

A closer look at University Extension

A closer look at University Extension

By Karan Abrol, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, News, State

Educators at University Extension do everything from writing public health policy to running after-school activities for children across the state. The University’s Extension branch, the flagship outreach program of the University, covers every county in Illinois. Extension is funded by a combination ...

University announces new institute in Chicago

University announces new institute in Chicago

By Aila Rahman, Staff Writer

November 27, 2017


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, News, State

The University has announced plans to build a new center for innovative research, the Discovery Partners Institute, in the technological hub of Chicago. The University aims to take advantage of Chicago’s new status as the next Silicon Valley. In 2015, Forbes reported that Chicago had a 19.3 percent...

Illinois is second largest producer of computer science graduates

Illinois is second largest producer of computer science graduates

By Daily Illini Staff Report

November 21, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, State

The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition showed that the state of Illinois is the second largest producer of computer science graduates in the nation, awarding nearly 10 percent of the country’s computer science degrees. Vikram Adve, professor and interim head of the Department of Computer...

October was 10th wettest since 1895

October was 10th wettest since 1895

By Rebecca Wood, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, News, State

Since 1895, the state of Illinois has experienced an October rainfall of this excessive amount only 10 other times. The average precipitation in Illinois for this October was 4.94 inches, which is 1.70 inches above normal. University of Illinois’ Jim Angel conducted this research through the Illinois ...

Women farmers combat sexism in fields

Women farmers combat sexism in fields

By Heather Schlitz, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, State

When Mallory Krieger bought her 85-acre vegetable farm, her closing attorney expressed disbelief that a woman could run her own farm. “Oh honey,” Krieger recalls her closing attorney saying, “a farmer around these parts is a man standing out and looking at his fields.” Agricultural fields ar...

Extension offices responsible for far more than outreach

Extension offices responsible for far more than outreach

By Karan Abrol, Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


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

The University’s Extension branch, originally created for community outreach in Illinois, has taken a far more important role in the state’s affairs since its inception. “The whole idea is to take research generated here on campus and make it available to all the citizens of the state,” G...

Gubernatorial candidates speak on campus issues

Gubernatorial candidates speak on campus issues

By Madelyn Foster, Contributing Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, News, State

Illini Democrats hosted a gubernatorial candidate forum in Gregory Hall on Nov. 7 for Democratic candidates to address topics relevant to college students. The candidates who participated in the forum were Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, state Sen. Daniel Biss and Chris Kennedy. J.B. Pritzker was not in att...

University professors and local farm receive grants to improve farming systems

University professors and local farm receive grants to improve farming systems

By Heather Schlitz, Staff Writer

November 6, 2017


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

Although corn and soybean fields dominate the majority of Illinois’ farmland, the nearly $500 million specialty crop industry is on the rise. Defined as fruits, nuts and vegetables, specialty crops occupy more than 100,000 acres of farmland and growing status in Springfield as the Illinois Department of A...

Discovery Partners Institute will increase innovation and research

Discovery Partners Institute will increase innovation and research

By Olivia Welshans, Staff Writer

October 30, 2017


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

A new institution launched by University of Illinois System will offer new opportunities to students to pursue research, innovation and bond with businesses. Gov. Bruce Rauner and University President Tim Killeen announced the plans for the Discovery Partners Institute at a press conference in Ch...

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...

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