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

UI library to undergo long overdue renovations

UI library to undergo long overdue renovations

By Willie Cui, Assistant Daytime News Editor May 6, 2021

Sitting between the Armory and the largely subterranean Undergraduate Library is the Main Library. Despite not being the most eye-catching building on campus, the historic Main Library, constructed in...

Jeremy Zelner, senior in LAS, poses for a photo on his balcony in front of his Israeli flag on April 14. Zelner is one of the many victims on campus to have experienced anti-Semitism.

A campus divided against itself

By Farrah Anderson, Assistant Investigative News & Longform Editor April 26, 2021

Part One: Jewish Voices Jewish Studies professor Rachel Harris was setting up for class when a student entered her classroom visibly upset. After talking with the student, she learned he had been harassed...

Students weigh in on electoral college

Students weigh in on electoral college

By Lily Dolan, Staff Writer April 15, 2021

It has been three months since President Joe Biden was inaugurated and five months since election day. Due to the contentious nature of the election, opinions about the Electoral College were strong ...

The Illini Chabad House stands on the corner of Armory Avenue and Arbor street.

Portraits of faith: ‘Physically distant, emotionally close’

By Matt Troher, Assistant Longform Editor March 1, 2021

\It’s coming up on a year since that fateful week in mid-March, when COVID-19 jumped from something people only read in headlines, to suddenly being very real. March 13 was the last day on campus for...

What America has failed to hear

What America has failed to hear

By Grace Maloney, Reporter November 19, 2020

A Movement Re-Ignited Shootings. Protests. Riots. A movement ignited. Eight months. Over 250 days. That’s how much time has passed since Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician from...

Students stand in line to vote at the Illini Union polling place on Tuesday.

Election week at the University: high stakes atmosphere can be felt across campus

By Matt Troher, Longform Assistant Editor November 3, 2020

Tuesday, Oct. 27: It’s a cold, overcast day in Champaign. It rained for a short while and the cold air still lingers, forcing students to turn on their heaters for the first time this school year.  Perhaps...

Lawn signs line the grass of the Main Quad outside of the Illini Union voting site on Thursday. Many important state positions are up for grabs in the 2020 Illinois election.

Illinois Elections: What’s at Stake for State Legislature

By Matt Troher, Longform Assistant Editor November 2, 2020

With Election Day on the horizon, the presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is practically unavoidable. Wherever you turn, there’s a political ad for one of the two candidates or reports...

Crowds gather on the main quad to enjoy the weather during Moms Weekend on April 6, 2019.

Illinois Commitment: What are you really committing to?

By Claire O'Brien, Longform Reporter July 15, 2020

The housing spiral burst and the economy was in a downward spiral, leaving many in a devastating financial situation; Max Williams was in elementary school when both parents lost their jobs during the...

Dr. Mimi Thi Nguyen poses for a professional photo.

Profile: A political punk’s path to a PhD and tenure

By Chantal Vaca, Longform Reporter June 29, 2020

Fueled by the righteous rage of punk, then 16-year-old Mimi Thi Nguyen organized her first protest against the first Gulf War in 1991 outside of her high school’s administration building in the northeastern...

Congressional candidate Stefanie Smith runs an unapologetically working-class campaign

Congressional candidate Stefanie Smith runs an unapologetically working-class campaign

By Matt Troher April 10, 2020

On the night of March 17, Stefanie Smith sat on her couch playing video games with her 13 year-old daughter. Tonight’s game of choice: Towerfall. Videogames are one of Smith’s go-to methods for unwinding...

A local man places mangos into his cart as a student volunteer smiles at the Wesley Food Pantry, 1203 W. Green St., on Feb. 20.

Unseen, unfed: Breaking the cycle

By Zainab Qureshi, Staff Writer March 9, 2020

Wedged between Stoughton and Fourth streets, the County Market’s location, 24-hour accessibility and lack of competition is why many students shop there. For those who do not have cars on campus or who...

A local man places mangos into his cart as a student volunteer smiles at the Wesley Food Pantry, 1203 W. Green St., on Feb. 20.

Unseen, unfed: Seeking help

By Zainab Qureshi, Staff Writer March 2, 2020

Taylor Chism, senior in FAA, was on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program program during her sophomore and junior years but was no longer eligible after her job wages increased to $11 an hour....

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