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Illinois bill to improve privacy on Internet devices

Illinois bill to improve privacy on Internet devices

By Luis Velazquez, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019


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

The state of Illinois has passed a bill that attempts to ban Internet device manufacturers from collecting audio from internet-connected devices without consumers’ consent.  On April 10, the Illinois Senate passed the Keep Internet Devices Safe Act. Essentially, if consumers know they are being recorded without their consent, they can sue companies. However, the ...

Suburban Express allegedly violates recent consent decree

Suburban Express allegedly violates recent consent decree

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

April 18, 2019


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

After reaching a consent decree last week with the state attorney general, Suburban Express has been found in contempt of this agreement after the company reportedly resorted to harassment and failed to uphold the regulations the agreement required, according to a document published by the office of the ...

Criminal history bill subject to change college applications

Criminal history bill subject to change college applications

By Tiara Cosby, Staff Writer

April 18, 2019


Filed under Administration, News, State

A new Illinois bill may prevent colleges within the state from asking incoming students about their criminal history on college applications. The Criminal History in College Applications Act, also known as HB0217, seeks to change how colleges request specific information on student applications. The Illinois General Assembly specifies that information of recent criminal history, not limited to records of arrests and detentions, criminal charges...

Illinois attorney general releases decree regarding Suburban Express conduct

Illinois attorney general releases decree regarding Suburban Express conduct

By Jose Zepeda, Assistant Daytime News Editor

April 12, 2019


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, State

Kwame Raoul, Illinois attorney general, announced Tuesday that a consent decree has been acquired with Suburban Express, which requires the company to end its practice of discrimination and harassment of its customers, according to a press release.  "This consent decree that was announced, is an impor...

State raises tobacco age to 21

State raises tobacco age to 21

By Rohan Ramani, Contributing Writer

April 11, 2019


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

Legislation that will raise the legal age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21 was signed by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on April 7. The law will go into effect at the beginning of July and would make Illinois the eighth state to raise its tobacco age.  However, in the past few years, while the lega...

UIC GEO reach agreement after walkouts, strikes

UIC GEO reach agreement after walkouts, strikes

By Meghana Kaza, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019


Filed under Administration, Champaign-Urbana, News, State, Top Stories

Graduate and teaching assistants at the University of Illinois at Chicago have reached an agreement on April 5 after their third week of walkouts and strikes after failed negotiations with UIC. The Graduate Employees’ Organization is a labor union representing nearly 1,600 graduate and teaching assis...

Climate change affects Midwest

Climate change affects Midwest

By Olivia Welshans, Staff Writer

April 4, 2019


Filed under News, Science & Technology, State

A team of Midwestern experts led by a University professor has released a report about the threat climate change poses for the Great Lakes region. “Changes to climate are having a huge impact on our pocket books — on our lives — and it is important people recognize that,” said Donald Wuebbles, ...

Teacher shortage sparks licensing reevaluation

Teacher shortage sparks licensing reevaluation

By Sara Pietrzak, Staff Writer

April 1, 2019


Filed under Administration, Champaign-Urbana, News, State

As the state of Illinois experiences a continual decrease in the number of certified teachers, the Illinois Senate, along with other higher education leaders, have come together to analyze the licensing process. In the most recent report done by the Illinois Board of Education, the school year of 2017-...

University responds to free speech executive order

University responds to free speech executive order

By Meghana Kaza, Staff writer

April 1, 2019


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

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on March 21 requiring colleges and universities to abide by free speech policies or lose their federal funding. An announcement sent by Tim Killeen, president of University of Illinois System, said the UI System staked its position in December 2017 when it ...

Illinois FOID changes fall short

Illinois FOID changes fall short

By Olivia Welshans, Staff Writer

March 30, 2019


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

The Illinois State Police recently released a list of changes aiming to make it harder for felons to keep firearms, but some groups feel these changes do not go far enough to address the problems with the Firearm Owners Identification system. The state police released these changes three weeks after a gunm...

Governor ups budget for public universities

Governor ups budget for public universities

By Meghana Kaza, Staff Writer

March 28, 2019


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, News, State, Top Stories

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently proposed a 5 percent increase in state funding for public universities and community colleges to help increase college affordability. In his first state budget address, Pritzker outlined his ideas for the fiscal year, the investments he wants to make in the I...

Visa processing delays hinder international students

Visa processing delays hinder international students

By Zihan Wang, Staff writer

March 25, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, News, State

Chinese international students studying in the United States are experiencing a longer wait time for their F1 visas, which affects students currently studying at the University. An F1 visa application must be filed by students who are planning on studying at U.S. academic institutions, including colleges.  Many of those affected are exper...

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