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

The Community United Church of Christ houses Jubilee Café and stands at 805 S. 6th Street, in Champaign March 21. The cafe celebrated their four year anniversary of serving free meals to students and community members.

Campus church celebrates fourth anniversary of providing free meals

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer October 20, 2021

The Jubilee Café, which serves free meals on Mondays and is hosted at the Community United Church of Christ, celebrated its fourth anniversary at the beginning of the month. The café has been operating...

COVID-19 cases on campus decrease 70% since October 2020

COVID-19 cases on campus decrease 70% since October 2020

By Ashley Gilbert, Contributing Writer October 19, 2021

Last year, the rise in COVID-19 cases with the start of the school year was a prominent issue. This year, however, the COVID-19 case numbers are significantly down in comparison.  According to data...

Miranda Stillwell, sophomore in LAS, shares her opinion on protesting policies the University has put in place. The deadline for the public to comment has been extended due to feedback from students.

Students speak out against University-adopted policy regulating protests

By Matt Troher, Investigative News & Longform Editor October 14, 2021

The University plans to adopt a policy regulating on-campus speech and expression. The policy consolidates existing regulations and creates new restrictions regarding expressive activity and has received...

Students part of the MENA proposal sit around talking at a picnic bench on Oct. 12. Students work towards establishing a cultural house on campus for Middle Eastern North African cultures.

MENA individuals work to establish cultural house 

By Lilli Bresnahan , Contributing Writer October 13, 2021

A group of students created a proposal for the establishment of a Middle Eastern Northern African cultural house for students and faculty.  Ayah Albareedi, senior in LAS and an executive board member...

Boxes of disposable straws sit in a cardboard box at the ARC Covid-19 testing center on Feb. 1. The university announces new testing guidance for unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff.

UI announces new testing guidance for unvaccinated students, faculty, staff

By Willie Cui, Assistant Daytime Editor October 12, 2021

With the Friday COVID-19 vaccination deadline fast approaching, the University has announced new COVID-19 testing guidance for students, faculty and staff who remain unvaccinated after the deadline and...

A man stands next to a democratic table holding a sign sharing that Planned Parenthood is killing humans like the Nazis or the KKK. Students debated against him saying that he should not compare the two.

Students react to anti-abortion demonstrator

By George Phelan, Staff Writer October 10, 2021

On Wednesday morning, an anti-abortion demonstrator appeared on the Main Quad in front of the Illini Union. A crowd quickly assembled in response to his controversial sign, which compared Planned Parenthood...

A woman fills a syringe with a Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on Feb. 11 at the I-Hotel. The University received 750 requests for Covid-19 exemptions because of religious reasons.

750 religious exemption requests made for COVID-19 vaccine mandate

By Mona Alrazzaq, Assistant News Editor October 7, 2021

An estimated 750 requests for religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate have been filed with the Office of the Dean of Students so far, according to Robin Kaler, vice chancellor for Public...

The Alice Campbell fountain is dyed orange to kickoff homecoming week on Sunday. This years homecoming will be a hybrid of in-person and online giving those who can not make it in-person a chance to participate.

Homecoming Week features combination of in-person, virtual events

By Thomas DeMouy, Staff Writer October 6, 2021

The Homecoming celebration will feature in-person as well as virtual events following last year’s well-attended virtual celebration.  The transition to a hybrid format will capitalize on the broad...

Groups of people tailgate with friends and family in Grange Grover before the Illini football game against Nebraska Aug. 31. Multiple Greek life, Athletics, and departmental tailgates will be hosted during the homecoming game against Wisconsin Oct. 9.

Tailgating returns for Homecoming Week

By Alex Chang, Staff Writer October 5, 2021

Throughout Homecoming Week, multiple departmental tailgates will be scheduled by colleges along with tailgates hosted by Greek life and Illini Athletics. Homecoming makes a strong return this year after...

Members of the Graduate Employees’ Organization protest outside of the Henry Administration Building on Thursday morning. The group demands the University take responsibility for its teaching staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Graduate employees protest UI’s lack of COVID-19 precautions

By Alex Chang and Willie Cui September 24, 2021

Members of the Graduate Employees’ Organization protested outside of the Henry Administration Building Thursday morning, demanding that the University take more responsibility and care for its teaching...

Police Chief Alice Cary of the University of Illinois Police Department responds to Reddit comments on her laptop. Cary answered questions from the University community to provide more transparency specifically about campus crime.

UI police chief answers questions about campus crime in Reddit AMA

By Alex Chang, Staff Writer September 19, 2021

Police Chief Alice Cary of the University of Illinois Police Department took to Reddit Thursday to answer questions from the University community with a strong focus on the recent rise in crime. Redditors...

A syringe filled with the Moderna vaccine sits beside boxes of bandages and wipes at the Church of the Living God on Feb. 20. The deadline to be begin the vaccination process at the University was Sept. 16, yet the undergrad vaccination rate is at 91%.

91% of undergrads vaccinated as vaccine deadline looms

By Brendyn Jones, Assistant On-Air Editor September 15, 2021

Wednesday, Sept. 15, was the last day for University members to either receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or submit a vaccination exemption request to the University following Governor...

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