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Trump’s new budget proposal to affect student loans

Trump’s new budget proposal to affect student loans

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

February 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, Local, News, State

President Trump’s new budget plan calls for changes in higher education and student loans. The budget is still subject to change as it waits for congressional approval. The new budget will not affect students finishing up their education at the time of implementation, so only students starting in...

Weekly Illini Podcast | Feb. 12, 2018

Weekly Illini Podcast | Feb. 12, 2018

By Aaron Navarro, Audio Editor & Assistant News Editor

February 12, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Podcasts, State, Weekly Illini

The Weekly Illini is your news podcast to keep up with the University of Illinois’ biggest stories. This episode looks at an ongoing dispute between the Graduate Employee Organization and the University administration. We talked to our news reporter Heather Schlitz, who has written several st...

Christensen trial pushed to 2019

Christensen trial pushed to 2019

By Jessica Bursztynsky, News Editor

February 12, 2018


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

The trial of alleged kidnapper and murderer Brendt Christensen was pushed back this morning to April 2, 2019, by Judge Colin Bruce. Christensen, who has been in custody since June 30, was originally set to have a trial by jury on Feb. 27. Both Christensen's defense team and prosecutors agreed to...

Alleged kidnapper Brendt Christensen’s defense asks judge to recuse himself

Alleged kidnapper Brendt Christensen’s defense asks judge to recuse himself

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

February 9, 2018


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

Brendt Christensen’s defense team has filed a motion asking for U.S. District Judge Colin Stirling Bruce to recuse himself from the case. The intentions of the motion have not yet been made publicly clear. Christensen, former University graduate student, is accused of kidnapping and killing visiting Chinese sch...

University striving for better tuition deals similar to ‘Go Blue Guarantee’

University striving for better tuition deals similar to ‘Go Blue Guarantee’

By Rebecca Wood, Staff Writer

February 8, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, State

As of January, the University of Michigan Go Blue Guarantee grants free tuition to any in-state family receiving an annual income of $65,000 and below. University Vice Provost Kevin Pitts said the University is looking into doing something similar to Michigan’s Go Blue Guarantee and is currently conf...

Campaigns and classrooms: Two UI students run for state government

Campaigns and classrooms: Two UI students run for state government

By Aaron Navarro, Audio Editor & Assistant News Editor

February 8, 2018


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

Ben Chapman, junior in ACES, is turning 21 years old on Feb. 17. This bodes well for him because the minimum age to be an Illinois state senator is 21. Chapman is currently campaigning for the 51st District state senate seat in November, though he still has to make sure he can secure 1,000 support...

Third arrest made for Urbana house party shooting

Third arrest made for Urbana house party shooting

By Jessica Bursztynsky, News Editor

February 2, 2018


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, State

A 26-year-old Urbana man was arrested today in Tinley Park, Illinois, for his connection to the Urbana house party shooting on Jan. 21. An arrest warrant was issued for Quintin Brown on Jan. 24. Brown was located Friday morning in the Chicago suburb by members of the U.S. Marshals Service - Chicag...

University battles out-migration with fourth straight tuition freeze

University battles out-migration with fourth straight tuition freeze

By Olivia Welshans, staff writer

February 1, 2018


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

For the fourth year in a row, the University of Illinois has frozen its tuition rate in order to staunch the flow of Illinois’ college-bound freshmen from leaving for out-of-state institutions. The tuition freeze was enacted in 2015 after the University went through several tuition increases in ye...

Graduate student uses AI to advance epilepsy research

Graduate student uses AI to advance epilepsy research

By Aaron Navarro, Audio Editor & Assistant News Editor

January 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

Artificial intelligence may be the next great medical tool for those with epilepsy, according to a research project done by Ph.D. candidate Yogatheesan Varatharajah. His research with AI resulted in a technique that can identify the brain regions that generate seizures without requiring the inspectio...

College of Engineering launches City Scholars program to bring engineers to Chicago

College of Engineering launches City Scholars program to bring engineers to Chicago

By JieJie Wang, Staff Writer

January 29, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, News, State

The College of Engineering started the City Scholars program in January and sent 37 juniors and seniors to intern at 16 companies in Chicago while continuing to take classes. Andreas Cangellaris, vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, initiated the 16-week program while he was the Dean of Engi...

University professor develops model to address pension crisis

University professor develops model to address pension crisis

By George Vassilatos, Staff Writer

January 29, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, News, State

The pension system in Illinois, which costs $8.5 billion annually to run, is putting the state in a financial crisis, but University professor Dr. Runhuan Feng may have found a solution. Feng has developed a mathematical model to address the state’s pension crisis, which is crushing the state bud...

University system board members approve longest tuition freeze since 1974

University system board members approve longest tuition freeze since 1974

By The Daily Illini staff report

January 18, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, State

University of Illinois system board members approved the proposed tuition freeze for in-state freshmen for the fall 2018 semester. The tuition freeze applies to all University of Illinois campuses: Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. Tuition rates for some graduate and professional programs will increase in Urbana-C...

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