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Christensen’s trial begins with first round of jury selection

Christensen’s trial begins with first round of jury selection

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 3, 2019


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

Yingying Zhang’s mother, Lifeng Ye, sat four rows back in the courtroom gallery as the jury selection process for her daughter’s alleged kidnapper started on Monday. The formal charges against Brendt Christensen by the federal government are kidnapping resulting in death. Additionally, two noncapital...

Tornado reported in Urbana although no sirens sounded

Tornado reported in Urbana although no sirens sounded

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

May 29, 2019


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

Although no sirens sounded on Sunday, a tornado was reported to have hit the city of Urbana causing major tree devastation. Champaign County was in a thunderstorm watch starting around midnight Sunday. There were thunderstorm warnings up to the western county line; however, no warning or tornadi...

Suburban Express ceases operation after year-long legal battle

Suburban Express ceases operation after year-long legal battle

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

May 7, 2019


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

Although a consent decree was reached last month, as of Tuesday, Suburban Express is shutting down all operations. The consent decree was reported to have been violated within a week of being issued, and Suburban Express was fined $100,000. The court filing states the payment will still be made...

Illinois works to make medical cannabis program permanent

Illinois works to make medical cannabis program permanent

By Rohan Ramani, Staff Writer

May 2, 2019


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

The state of Illinois has recently taken a step toward permanently legalizing medical cannabis, which has been a controversial issue at all levels of legislation. The Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois announced full support of House Bill 895, which would make medical cannabis a permanent treatment ...

Great Recession affects higher education across the U.S.

Great Recession affects higher education across the U.S.

By Tiara Cosby, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019


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

After the Great Recession in 2009, several universities across the United States are still recovering from the economic decline. A recent report has broken down the aftermath of higher education funding allocated throughout the nation. The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association recently sent out ...

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cancels University show amid musician strike

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cancels University show amid musician strike

By Meghana Kaza, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019


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

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra canceled its show on April 16 at the University because of its musicians’ seven-week strike. The strike ended on Saturday, though all patrons will get a full refund. The CSO musicians have said they were fighting for better pension and pay. The Chicago Symphony Orch...

Illinois House expands federal aid to undocumented and transgender individuals

Illinois House expands federal aid to undocumented and transgender individuals

By Meghana Kaza, Staff Writer

April 25, 2019


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

The Illinois House passed a bill that will offer state-funded student financial aid to undocumented immigrants and transgender individuals who have not registered for the draft. The Senate finished its first reading of the bill on April 12. Federal student financial aid is only available to U.S. ci...

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...

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