The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Champaign County Humane Society (CCHS) volunteer Joe Domain poses for a photo outside with Foster, an American Pit Bull terrier mix, after their morning walk Oct. 11. The CCHS is gradually restarting their volunteer program after the heat of the pandemic.

Humane Society gradually restarts volunteer program

By Micah Lin, Contributing Writer October 20, 2021

Inside the Champaign County Humane Society is a chorus of meows, barks, chirps and squeaks. Volunteers lead dogs in and out for walks, and staff arrange for a cat to be adopted by a family. However,...

A look of the South Quad from the top of the undergraduate library. Many students are still learning about the library being shut down for renovations in Fall of 2022 and students are conflicted.

Students remain upset over UI’s lack of transparency in UGL conversion project

By Liz Gremer, Staff Writer October 2, 2021

Since the University announced its plan for the library renovation project in spring 2021, the closure of the Undergraduate Library has faced great criticism and disapproval from students. While the library...

Sister Cindy poses for a photo with two Illinois students on the Main Quad on Sept. 8. Multiple preachers have been traveling to college campuses across the country to share their beliefs.

Sister Cindy, preachers create frenzy on campus

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer September 21, 2021

A woman stood rambling in the middle of a circle of student onlookers on Sept. 8. Several onlookers said her words were nothing but mindless, derogatory slut shaming. In response, students flipped the...

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sits at 402 S. Lincoln Ave. in Urbana. Mormon missionaries have set out to preach the gospel in the Urbana community to spark recruitment during the pandemic.

Local Mormons sustain a new mission: recruitment during pandemic

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer September 6, 2021

Before the pandemic’s onset, many households in both America and around the world would receive a knock on their door, to be met with two young men in clean shirts and name tags, not here to sell candles...

Author Sarah Robinson holds up her new novel The Secrets of Oakley House for a photo. Robinson is a Champaign native who was inspired by the victorian home and their stories in the area to write her first book.

Champaign author publishes first novel

By Gwyn Skiles, Features Editor August 18, 2021

Victorian homes line the streets of Champaign, each filled with stories and secrets.  Champaign native, Sarah Robinson, grew up watching these houses. She later pulled from these memories to write...

Sean Williams, Champaign resident, carries a goose wrapped in a sheet at Beringer Commons on July 18. Friends of Geese, a Champaign-Urbana-based animal rights activist group, protects and saves these birds from deliberate killings in the area.

Local geese activists flock together for loud honkin’ protests

By Gwyn Skiles and Farrah Anderson July 28, 2021

A man wearing football cleats and gardening gloves stood holding a goose inside a gathered sheet at Beringer Commons on Sunday, July 18. Sean Williams, Champaign resident, captured the goose after responding...

Nonprofits struggle due to lack of student volunteers

Nonprofits struggle due to lack of student volunteers

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer July 2, 2021

With the ever stressful comings and goings of regaining normalcy from the pandemic continuing, a sector of activity that has been especially harmed during the prolonged lockdown, are the various...

University safety resources reassure students

University safety resources reassure students

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer June 18, 2021

On Friday, June 11 at 12:36 a.m., an Illini-Alert notified the student community that two students reported being the victim of an armed robbery at 208 N. Wright St. Urbana. Police action was swift and...

Nicholas Colegrove, sophomore in LAS, stands in front of the bike he will be riding across the country this summer. Colegrove will be raising awareness for people with disabilities who face isolation in partnership with the The Ability Experience’s Journey Of Hope.

Pi Kappa Phi student bikes across US, raises awareness

By Gwyn Skiles, Features Editor June 15, 2021

Feet lifting up and down, a national band of brothers in the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pedal across mountains and push through the heat of arid lands, only stopping to eat, sleep and visit people with disabilities. This...

Cicadas return, specific brood emerges in Illinois counties

Cicadas return, specific brood emerges in Illinois counties

By Matt Troher, Investigative News and Longform Editor May 10, 2021

From late spring to early summer, billions of tiny insects will emerge from the ground. They will lay their eggs, mate and make lots of noise. For those who happen to live near the bugs, it will be deafening. They...

Workers at the NuEra cannabis dispensary hang balloons above the entrance April 15. The adult-use dispensary opened on Green Street last month.

NuEra cannabis dispensary opens on Green Street

By Vivian La, Staff Writer May 7, 2021

When Bridget Dwyer, junior in LAS, first heard that a cannabis dispensary was opening on Green Street, she said she was intrigued. “I was super surprised that campus would allow that so close to the...

Pulitzer Prize winner, Tyehimba Jess, spoke at the University over Zoom from April 7-8. Jess gave students the inside scoop on his life and journey to becoming a poet.

Tyehimba Jess recites poetry for students, faculty

By Saada Ridgeway, Contributing Writer April 29, 2021

Nneoma Ohale, junior in LAS, treasured her time discussing poetry at “Craft Talk,” a program created by the Humanities Research Institution to speak with writers of our time. Ohale started writing...

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