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University finalizes agreement with energy company for newest solar farm

University finalizes agreement with energy company for newest solar farm

By Clare Budin, Assistant Daytime News Editor, Assistant Special Sections Editor

December 11, 2019

Renewable energy company Sol Systems announced Tuesday the finalization of a 20-year power purchase agreement with University-connected Prairieland Energy, Inc. for the development and operation of a campus solar farm. The solar farm is projected to produce 20,000 megawatt-hours of solar power annu...

The Daily Illini police blotter for Dec. 9

The Daily Illini police blotter for Dec. 9

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

December 10, 2019

Champaign Possession of controlled substance was reported in the 2100 block of West White Street around 5:30 p.m. last Tuesday. According to the report, the offender was observed purchasing a controlled substance. Deceptive practices was reported in the 1500 block of Waterford Place around 2 p.m. last ...

Mental health demonstration rescheduled after cancellation

Mental health demonstration rescheduled after cancellation

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

December 10, 2019

A student-led mental health demonstration originally intended to be held on Dec. 5 was canceled after controversy over a possible violation of University policy. It has since been rescheduled by Students for Mental Health Reform for Wednesday at noon.  The demonstration has been organized as a fi...

New urban high-rises impact supply, demand

New urban high-rises impact supply, demand

By Heather Robinson, Staff Writer

December 9, 2019

A new apartment called “The Dean” is currently under construction in the center of Campustown. With a surplus of apartments already available in Champaign, student living is expected to be impacted.  According to the building permit, the estimated $50 million-valued project will be 17 stories tall...

Hygiene products drive helps local charity

Hygiene products drive helps local charity

By Kimberly Belser, Staff writer

December 9, 2019

Organizations around the University contributed their efforts to a Sanitary Products Drive, where hygiene products were collected to be donated to a local charity organization. “Join Women of Color as we make a difference by donating sanitary products to Courage Connection!” read a Twitter post by Women of...

Startup weekend inspires Midwestern student entrepreneurs

Startup weekend inspires Midwestern student entrepreneurs

By Ethan Simmons, Senior Reporter

December 9, 2019

On March 23, 2017, Mark Van den Avont, junior in Engineering, broke his spine in a gymnastics accident. It was his parents’ anniversary. The mat he landed on was not sufficient to break his fall. Seven months later, Van den Avont founded HexNest, a startup aiming to create sports mats far safer than the foam standard. “It was a nightmare ...

The Daily Illini police blotter for Dec. 6

The Daily Illini police blotter for Dec. 6

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

December 9, 2019

Champaign Forgery was reported at Finish Line, 2000 N. Neil St., around 8 p.m. Thursday. According to the report, an unknown offender used a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase items from the business.  Aggravated battery and aggravated assault were reported in the 200 block of Kenwood Road around 5 p.m. Thursda...

Graduate students win Data Visualization Competition with research on “A Day in an American’s Life”

Graduate students win Data Visualization Competition with research on “A Day in an American’s Life”

By Grace Maloney, Staff Writer

December 9, 2019

A team of four graduate students in the School of Information Sciences won first place in the Data Visualization Competition sponsored by University Library’s Scholarly Commons. Though the team completed the majority of their project last semester, the competition was held this semester, and the wi...

The Art Theater reschedules bankruptcy hearing

The Art Theater reschedules bankruptcy hearing

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

December 9, 2019

As The Art Theater officially closed in October, the legal battle will continue throughout the end of the year. Since the Art Film Foundation filed for bankruptcy in early November, the hearing was scheduled originally for Wednesday. However, it’s since been rescheduled for Dec. 19. The space for The A...

The Daily Illini police blotter for Dec. 5

The Daily Illini police blotter for Dec. 5

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

December 6, 2019

Champaign Deceptive practices was reported in the 200 block of Locust Street around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 29. According to the report, the offender wrote a check for vehicle repairs on a closed account. The victim tried multiple times for reimbursement, but they were all unsuccessful. Trespassing was reported in the 900 b...

UI System requests 2021 budget increase

UI System requests 2021 budget increase

By Michael Caruso, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

The University Board of Trustees has requested a budget of $697.3 million for the 2021 Fiscal Year. This marks an increase of $75.3 million, or 12.1%, compared to the 2020 fiscal year budget, according to a press release from the University Board.  “This is the first step in the budgeting process. The reque...

Student RSOs spread political activism on campus

Student RSOs spread political activism on campus

By Kimberly Belser, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Months before the Illinois primaries are scheduled to take place, a new student organization has formed at the University to help students “view their options” for the upcoming elections.  John Spellman, junior in LAS and founder of Illini for Yang, said the organization currently considers it...

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