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UI professor develops farming robot to alleviate labor costs, increase efficiency

UI professor develops farming robot to alleviate labor costs, increase efficiency

By Veronica Mierek, Contributing writer

July 10, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

Researchers at the University developed robots to help farmers of the Midwest tend to their fields. Some models, priced at $5,000, are already being used by early adopters. “They use very little input — input in the sense of chemicals or fertilizers or fuel — but produce good food, good ...

Eleven UI students, alumni awarded Fulbright scholarship

Eleven UI students, alumni awarded Fulbright scholarship

By Haoxiang Yun, Contributing writer

July 9, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

Eleven University students and alumni have been awarded the Fulbright scholarship. These students will visit different countries around the world to teach English and research in the following school year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for the selected students and professors to te...

New bill raises employment privacy concerns

New bill raises employment privacy concerns

By Madalyn Velisaris, Staff Writer

June 19, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

Employers in Illinois may soon get notifications if a fingerprinted employee gets in trouble with the law anywhere within the United States. The Illinois House and Senate passed SB2907 enabling this on May 25. Currently, the bill is waiting to be approved by Governor Bruce Rauner. The bill, which amends the current Criminal Identification Act, will allow agencies in Illinois that can...

Statewide program to provide merit-based aid

Statewide program to provide merit-based aid

By Heather Schlitz, Assistant News Editor

June 14, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, News, State

As part of an effort to curtail the number of Illinois high school students leaving the state for college, the Illinois general assembly passed the AIM HIGH Grant Pilot Program, which will provide $25 million in merit-based aid to be matched by Illinois public universities. The AIM HIGH program, part...

UI System increases state budget for 2019 fiscal year

UI System increases state budget for 2019 fiscal year

By Brooke Eberle, Interim summer editor-in-chief

June 1, 2018


Filed under News, State

The Illinois General Assembly has announced an $11.6 million state budget increase for UI System's 2019 fiscal year in a message to students, faculty and staff. This will be a 2 percent increase from the $594.6 million budget from the 2018 fiscal year. The 2019 fiscal year will begin July 1. This...

Teach For America raising concerns in teaching profession

Teach For America raising concerns in teaching profession

By Heather Schlitz, Assistant News Editor

May 31, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

Citing a declining student population, a low-income high school in Atlanta fired one of its four social studies teachers. The next day, the school announced Jameson Brewer, a newly minted Teach For America corps member at the time, would be brought on staff. Teach For America, a nonprofit organizat...

Illinois leans liberal in felon voting laws

Illinois leans liberal in felon voting laws

By Haipei Wu, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase, State, Top Stories

Although former felons are allowed to vote in Illinois, Mike Ingram, a Democrat running for the District 6 seat on the Champaign County Board, said he has encountered many former felons on the campaign trail who are unaware they can vote. “During my campaign for the county board, I always have a c...

University system faculty targeted for poaching due to budget issues

University system faculty targeted for poaching due to budget issues

By Therese Pokorney, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

The state of Illinois is to decide whether the University System will receive additional funding to combat faculty poaching by other peer universities. University faculty members have been targeted by other colleges due to the recent budget impasse, said Barbara Wilson, vice president for academic ...

Attorney General files lawsuit against Suburban Express

Attorney General files lawsuit against Suburban Express

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

April 23, 2018


Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, State, Top Stories

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Monday against Champaign-based transportation company Suburban Express for discrimination and harassment against customers and their families, according to a press release. Madigan filed the lawsuit in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois against the company’s own...

Racial disparity persists in Champaign law enforcement system

Racial disparity persists in Champaign law enforcement system

By Abby Paeth, Editor-In-Chief

April 23, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, State

“Eager” is a word that makes Amy Felty, a member of the Champaign Human Relations Commission, cringe when she hears it used to describe new recruits at the Champaign Police Department. She can’t help but wonder what makes them so excited about making arrests. Felty thinks this attitude is due to...

Mike Ingram to run for county board

Mike Ingram to run for county board

By Olivia Walshans, Staff Writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, State, Top Stories

First-time political candidate and promoter at Canopy Club Mike Ingram has been elected as the District 6 Democratic candidate for Champaign County Board in the No vember general election. Ingram said he was spurred into action after Donald Trump was elected president. “It felt like it was time t...

Statewide public health outbreak linked to synthetic cannabinoids

Statewide public health outbreak linked to synthetic cannabinoids

By Olivia Welshans, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, State, Top Stories

Over 100 individuals across the state have reported severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids, and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is trying to prevent it from spreading to the area. Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported the third death, and there have been 114 repo...

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