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Illinois requests extra $35 million for Altgeld and Illini Hall renovations

Illinois requests extra $35 million for Altgeld and Illini Hall renovations

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

November 8, 2019

The state of Illinois is requesting the University commit up to $35 million for the renovations of Altgeld and Illini halls, according to a News-Gazette article.  The bulk of prospective state funding would go to Altgeld Hall, with the remaining $40 million being used to construct a Digital Sciences Center where Illini Hall currently sits.  The state budget is part of the Dis...

California wildfires impact University students

California wildfires impact University students

By Ethan Simmons, Senior Reporter

November 7, 2019

Wildfires have ravaged thousands of acres in California this October. For over 2,000 Californian students and professors at the University, blazing landscapes are the normal back home.  Sarah Gale, junior in ACES, is a lifelong resident of Claremont, California, just 30 miles east of Los Angeles. ...

NPR Illinois to meet with University trustees to voice Title IX concerns

NPR Illinois to meet with University trustees to voice Title IX concerns

By Jose Zepeda, Assistant Daytime News Editor

November 4, 2019

UI System officials and NPR Illinois are clashing against a policy saying that NPR Illinois cannot keep its sources anonymous due to the University’s Title IX policy. This comes after the Springfield NPR station partnered with ProPublica on a story about the University allegedly protecting profes...

Chicago reaches deal with Chicago Teachers Union

Chicago reaches deal with Chicago Teachers Union

By Kimberly Belser, Staff writer

November 1, 2019

Chicago students will be returning to class Friday after the Chicago Teachers Union reached a tentative agreement with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, ending the strike that has lasted for nearly two weeks. According to the Chicago Tribune, Lightfoot announced the end of the strike after a “lengthy closed-door meeting” with CTU officials.  As part of the agreement, teachers will make up five days they missed during the strike, at a time which...

Credit unions merge with over $300 million in assets

Credit unions merge with over $300 million in assets

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

October 31, 2019

With over $300 million in assets, the University of Illinois Community Credit Union has merged with the Champaign Postal Credit Union. For UICCU, this is the third merger in less than two years. Both Carle Employees Credit Union and Urbana Postal Credit Union merged with UICCU in 2018 and 2019, respect...

GEO shows solidarity for Chicago Teachers Union

GEO shows solidarity for Chicago Teachers Union

By Kimberly Belser, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

The Graduate Employees Organization at the University showed solidarity for the Chicago Teachers Union via social media as they strike for improved working conditions.  In a statement released by the GEO on Oct. 19, the labor union expressed its admiration in the CTU’s work and their commitment to education and equity.  “We support (CTU) as they use the...

Heat prompts presence of minute pirate bugs

Heat prompts presence of minute pirate bugs

By Kimberly Belser, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

The ‘prolonged’ heat this year has caused a greater appearance of minute pirate bugs in central Illinois, which have been found at the University and in residence halls.  Chelsea Hamilton, senior assistant director of communications and marketing for University Housing, said the office received its first...

Suburban Express advertises refund form in provocative email

Suburban Express advertises refund form in provocative email

By Ethan Simmons, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

Over the next six months, former Suburban Express customers will cash out on owner Dennis Toeppen’s legal fees.  The form for customers to submit payment requests closed last week. Anyone who bought Suburban Express tickets since April 23, 2014 could apply for up to $20 of the company’s $100,0...

With Illinois campaign reaches 79% of goal after fundraising report released

With Illinois campaign reaches 79% of goal after fundraising report released

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

October 12, 2019

The University of Illinois System and UI Foundation announced a total of $462.9 million was raised in fundraising for the fiscal year 2019, which ended in June. This is the third time the Foundation has reached over $400 million in fundraising; the first time was in 2013 with $434.9 million and the...

Global climate crisis strike sparks reaction, discussion

Global climate crisis strike sparks reaction, discussion

By Heather Robinson, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2019

In response to the global strike that took place Sept. 20, there has been an increase in discussion surrounding the climate crisis both on and off campus. Students and members of the local community gathered to join in protesting the government’s lack of influence in combating climate change.  C...

Surge in college student voters may impact 2020 election

Surge in college student voters may impact 2020 election

By Phillip Zelditch, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2019

A surge in college student voters may show an ongoing change in the political landscape on college campuses and could affect the upcoming primary elections next year.  A research study recently published by Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy and Higher Education shows that college student voter turnout, fr...

Students remain optimistic amid recession fears

Students remain optimistic amid recession fears

By Clare Budin, Assistant Daytime News Reporter

September 26, 2019

With fears over tariffs, taxes and jobs growing into signs of an economic slowdown after one of the longest periods of growth in American history, University students’ outlooks for the future aren’t as bleak.  The University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index found its largest monthly decli...

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