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Chancellor Jones signs newest version of Illinois Climate Action Plan

Chancellor Robert Jones speaks about the Illinois Climate Action Plan on Tuesday.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

October 21, 2020

The newest version of the Illinois Climate Action Plan was signed and approved at the Campus Sustainability Celebration during a Zoom call on Tuesday by Chancellor Robert Jones. This plan is developed in order to commit the University “to divest from fossil fuels, switch to clean energy sources,...

UI police chief unveils programs to involve campus community 

Pictured is University of Illinois Police Department Police Chief Alice Cary in a Zoom call on Oct. 12. During the call, Cary discussed a potential community outreach and support team as well as the behavioral health unit she plans on implementing.

By Mona Alrazzaq, Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

University of Illinois Police Department’s Police Chief Alice Cary has plans to implement a community outreach and support team, or COST, a behavioral unit and a victim service program in response to calls for increased community involvement in policing. COST is a specialized unit of community poli...

UI student heads effort to bring dictionaries to prisoners

A person deposits a dictionary into a dictionary drive box outside of the Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery on Sunday afternoon. The Books to Prisoners drive hopes to provide dictionaries to prisoners in Illinois.

By Alexandra Gergova, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the difference between the amount of dictionaries requested by incarcerated people and the amount received has been exacerbated severely.  To combat this growing issue, Kate Shanks, sophomore in LAS and volunteer with UC Books to Prisoners, organized a community-w...

Yingying Zhang documentary presented at film festivals

Yingying Zhang stands in an open field. Zhang was reported missing in 2017.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

October 15, 2020

A documentary called “Finding Yingying” about the international scholar Yingying Zhang who went missing in 2017 is airing at several film festivals this month. Zhang was reported missing in June 2017 and was last seen getting into a Saturn Astra on Goodwin Avenue. Brendt Christensen was arrested a...

University discusses plans to adjust spring semester calendar

College students lie on Miramar Beach near Destin, FL on March 16 during spring break. The University of Illinois is considering canceling spring break this year.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

October 14, 2020

The University is potentially planning to cancel the originally planned spring break and push back the semester by one week, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The semester's original end date and finals week would stay the same and commencement will still be scheduled for May 15. Spring break...

Krannert makes changes for accessibility

The entrance to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on March 13, 2019.

By Vivian La

October 7, 2020

Major accessibility upgrades are underway at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and will be complete by the end of the fall semester. Originally slated to be complete by summer 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for the facilities and services crew to work with minimal ...

Suspect arrested in February homicide that left one dead

University of Illinois police respond to a call at the corner of South Third and East John streets on Sept. 29. A suspect has now been arrested by the Champaign Police Department for a murder committed in February.

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

October 7, 2020

An arrest was made on the charges of first-degree murder in the 1100 block of North James Street around 11 a.m. Tuesday. According to the Champaign Police press release, the 33-year-old suspect was located by the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force and the United States Marshal's Great Lakes Regional...

Several street closures announced in CU

A sign warns of a lane closure at the intersection of Church and Randolph on Tuesday afternoon.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

October 6, 2020

Starting next Monday, State Street in Champaign will be closed between Tremont and Maple streets. Through traffic will not be allowed to pass through, but access to all properties will still be available. State Street is being closed in order to complete rail and pavement maintenance. The street is...

Illinois excluding Champaign County from regional COVID data; two more county fatalities

A coronavirus test site worker waits for students to arrive at the Illini Union test site on Oct. 30.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

October 5, 2020

Due to the extraordinary volume of tests coming from the University of Illinois, Illinois public health officials are excluding Champaign County tests from regional figures.  Without the University’s average of 8,600 daily tests driving down the region’s positivity rate, the entire region, includin...

CU mayors issue trick-or-treating COVID-19 guidelines

Children trick-or-treat at the Worcester Senior Center in Worcester, Massachusetts on Oct. 31. The mayors of both Urbana and Champaign are encouraging residents to take precautions against COVID-19 during trick-or-treating this Halloween.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

October 5, 2020

Ahead of Halloween, Champaign-Urbana officials released official trick-or-treating standards to avoid making the holiday an agent of the coronavirus. Since Halloween falls on Saturday, trick-or-treating will run from 5 to 7 p.m. On Friday, Champaign Mayor Deborah Feinen and Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin urged all resi...

CU officials, organizations encourage mail-in voting

A Champaign resident receives her ballot during early voting at the Champaign County Clerk’s office on Sept. 24. In Champaign County, 117,000 mail-in ballots have been requested.

By Vivian La, Contributing Writer

October 5, 2020

Due to social distancing guidelines and the Center of Disease Control’s recommendations, local election officials and organizations are strongly recommending voters to cast their ballots through the mail instead of voting in-person. The usual controlled chaos of conducting an election has become more complic...

Protesters march, gather at police headquarters for cacerolazo

Demonstrators march through the intersection of Green Street and Wright Street during the UIPD protest on Thursday. Protesters marched from the Illinois Police Department Headquarters to the University of Illinois Police Training Institute.

By Salem Isaf, Assistant Daytime News Editor

October 2, 2020

On Thursday evening, protesters gathered outside the University of Illinois Police Department headquarters equipped with pots, pans and megaphones.  This wasn’t a regular protest, but what is known as a cacerolazo: a form of protest in which participants bang pots, pans and kitchen utensils toget...

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