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Governor Pritzker addresses higher education investments at Illini Union

Governor Pritzker addresses higher education investments at Illini Union

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

July 3, 2019

Addressing the crowd with some humor and some seriousness, Governor J.B. Pritzker was at the Illini Union Wednesday to discuss the state’s new capital construction program on higher education. “We are investing $45 billion over six years to repair what’s broken and to build what’s needed all...

Downtown Festival District to run on Fridays for remainder of summer

Downtown Festival District to run on Fridays for remainder of summer

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

June 27, 2019

This Friday will see the Downtown Festival District revamped after Champaign's decision to extend the dates for the Downtown Festival District which was used earlier this year. Throughout the remainder of summer until August 23, these events will be held on Friday nights from 5-9 p.m. The Downtown...

Guilty: Christensen faces possibility of death penalty, trial to resume July 8

Guilty: Christensen faces possibility of death penalty, trial to resume July 8

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 24, 2019

Brendt Christensen officially faces the death penalty as a jury found him guilty Monday afternoon after hearing witness testimonies and viewing evidence over the past eight days. It took less than two hours for the jury to decide Christensen is guilty of kidnapping resulting in death and two counts...

Deliberations begin for verdict in Christensen trial

Deliberations begin for verdict in Christensen trial

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 24, 2019

Defense attorneys and prosecutors made their closing arguments in U.S. v. Christensen Monday morning. Brendt Christensen, once a doctoral student at the University, is accused of kidnapping and killing visiting scholar Yingying Zhang, as well as making two false statements to the FBI just weeks after the...

Cases rest after Christensen’s ex-wife, ex-girlfriend testify

Cases rest after Christensen’s ex-wife, ex-girlfriend testify

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 21, 2019

After numerous witnesses took the stand over the last week and a half, closing statements in Brendt Christensen’s trial are set to begin on Monday. Although the defense has not denied Christensen’s responsibility in the death of visiting scholar Yingying Zhang’s death, he is still pleading not...

Second week in guilt phase of Brendt Christensen’s trial begins

Second week in guilt phase of Brendt Christensen’s trial begins

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 18, 2019

The guilt phase of Brendt Christensen’s trial continued Monday, even after one attorney told the jury that the counsel will not deny Christensen killed visiting scholar, Yingying Zhang. Since the guilt phase began last Wednesday, several witnesses have testified and evidence has been brought forward...

Krannert Center announces performances in 50th season

Krannert Center announces performances in 50th season

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

June 18, 2019

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has announced the performances and projects taking part in their upcoming 2019-2020 season, the second in a two-season 50th anniversary celebration of the opening of the center. The center promises a wide variety of performances will grace their stages,...

Events leading up to Yingying Zhang’s disappearance explained in opening statements

Events leading up to Yingying Zhang’s disappearance explained in opening statements

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 12, 2019

After nine witness testimonies and the defense telling the jury they won’t deny the fact that Brendt Christensen is responsible for the death of visiting scholar Yingying Zhang, the court adjourned at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Four University of Illinois Police Department officers testified in...

Brendt Christensen’s lawyers acknowledge he killed Yingying Zhang

Brendt Christensen’s lawyers acknowledge he killed Yingying Zhang

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 12, 2019

Opening statements for the accused kidnapper and murderer of visiting scholar, Yingying Zhang began Wednesday morning. Christensen’s defense attorney, George Taseff, said the defense acknowledges Christensen’s responsibility in Zhang’s death. “Brendt Christensen is responsible for the death...

Fire near apartment building causes power loss, resident displacement

Fire near apartment building causes power loss, resident displacement

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 9, 2019

A resident of an apartment building on Green Street discovered and reported a fire Saturday around 11:56 p.m.  According to a City of Champaign press release, firefighters found flames in the back of the apartment building located at 509 E. Green St. The flames extended to the building’s electric m...

Court needs only 12 more jurors to qualify for Brendt Christensen’s trial

Court needs only 12 more jurors to qualify for Brendt Christensen’s trial

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 6, 2019

Fifteen potential jurors came into court for questioning Thursday morning and 16 were questioned that same afternoon for the trial of Brendt Christensen, alleged kidnapper and killer of visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.   The fourth day of jury questioning ended with a total of 58 qualified jurors. Six...

Opening statements in Brendt Christensen’s trial predicted to begin Wednesday

Opening statements in Brendt Christensen’s trial predicted to begin Wednesday

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 5, 2019

Day three of jury selection in Brendt Christensen’s trial included groups of 14 jurors in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Six of the potential jurors qualified from the morning group and two qualified in the afternoon, bringing the total up to 45 potential jurors of the 70 needed before c...

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