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Basketball in a pandemic: What State Farm Center is like on game day

The State Farm Center, located at 1800 S. First St. in Champaign, sits  on April 3, 2019.
November 28, 2020

The last time I was at State Farm Center was on a Friday night in February of 2020. No. 20 Illinois was hosting No. 9 Maryland, and the winner would take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. As...

Breaking: Illinois’ Saturday game canceled amid Ohio State COVID-19 cases

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith gives instructions during practice on Oct. 12. The Illini's game against Ohio State on Saturday has been canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests within Ohio State's program.
November 27, 2020

Illinois' football game against No. 4 Ohio State Saturday morning has been canceled due to multiple recent COVID-19 cases within the Ohio State football program. “We are certainly disappointed that...

UI building monitors provide inconsistent presence

The entrance to the College of Education on Nov. 10, absent of a monitor.
November 26, 2020

To get into University of Illinois buildings, students and employees are supposed to show an app saying that they’ve had a recent, clean COVID-19 test.  Nearly a third of the time, however, there’s...

State of the University: Jones announces mental health task force, potential academic policy changes

State of the University: Jones announces mental health task force, potential academic policy changes
November 20, 2020

During Chancellor Robert J. Jones annual “State of the University” address on Thursday, Jones emphasized the unique challenges faced by the University over the past year and answered questions regarding...

Illini look for second straight win Saturday at Nebraska

Quarterback Brandon Peters scans the field during the game against Nebraska on Sept. 21, 2019.
November 19, 2020

Two one-win teams will battle it out Saturday, as the Illini travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 11 a.m.  Illinois and Nebraska last played in 2019 under the lights at Memorial...

Baseball team completes intra-squad series as winter break approaches

Junior Ryan Hampe runs the bases during the Orange and Blue series on Nov. 2. Hampe hit .500 in the series.
November 19, 2020

At the beginning of November, the Illinois baseball team competed in several intra-squad practice games, dubbed the Orange and Blue series. These games took the place of normally scheduled exhibition games...

Thanksgiving on the Run: Turkey Trot goes virtual

A person dressed in a turkey costume poses for a promotional image for the 2020 Turkey Trot. The event will be held virtually this year.
November 19, 2020

Every Thanksgiving morning for the past several years, nearly 2,000 runners have showed up to Urbana’s Crystal Lake Park to partake in Urbana Park District’s annual Turkey Trot. Participants run, walk...

What America has failed to hear

What America has failed to hear
A Year of Racial and Political Division: Where do we go now?
November 19, 2020

A Movement Re-Ignited Shootings. Protests. Riots. A movement ignited. Eight months. Over 250 days. That’s how much time has passed since Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician from...

Illini look to contain Cornhusker offense

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith walks off the field after a disappointing 42-38 loss to Nebrasaka on Sept. 21, 2019. The Illini will look to beat the Cornhuskers this Saturday for the first time since 2015.
November 18, 2020

The last time Illinois knocked off Nebraska, Barack Obama was still president, Clemson hadn’t won its first title under Dabo Swinney yet, and Lovie Smith was coaching Jameis Winston down in Tampa. 2015...

New Illinois COVID-19 restrictions start Friday as “second wave” begins

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the Thompson Center during the coronavirus pandemic.
November 18, 2020

A “second wave” of COVID-19 has arrived in Illinois, and every county must abide by a new set of restrictions starting 12:01 a.m. on Friday.  “To slow the spread and until we can begin to bring...

Grant revolutionizes wheelchair basketball program

The Illinois wheelchair basketball teams pose for a group photo. The program recently received a grant of $1.5 million to redesign their wheelchairs.
November 17, 2020

The wheelchair basketball teams have always had a special place in the University’s heart. Defining excellence, inspiration and glorious wins, watching the team adds to students’ Illini pride. Now...

Illinois hits grim new COVID-19 milestones as cases continue surge

Illinois hits grim new COVID-19 milestones as cases continue surge
November 16, 2020

In almost every possible metric, Illinois’ COVID-19 situation is taking a turn for the worse.  For nine straight days, the state has topped 10,000 new cases of COVID-19, including 15,415 new cases...

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