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University group analyzes sports betting legalization

University group analyzes sports betting legalization

By The Daily Illini staff report

February 19, 2019


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

Illinois lawmakers are negotiating the legalization of sports gambling. A recent analysis by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute shows the state could benefit from the practice. Frank Manzo from the ILEPI and Robert Bruno from Project for Middle Class Renewal co-authored the report at the Univers...

Professors advocate limits on harassment

Professors advocate limits on harassment

By Clare Budin, Senior Reporter

February 18, 2019


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

Members of the University’s Senate have responded to the online and in-person harassment of an outspoken professor with steps to prevent contentious in-class confrontations. However, there is still disagreement over whether these steps are strong enough. Jay Rosenstein, professor in Media, has long...

Natural History Building achieves LEED gold status

Natural History Building achieves LEED gold status

By Ethan Simmons, Contributing writer

February 18, 2019


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

The newly renovated Natural History Building is a common site for campus tours and department meetings. According to Stephen Marshak, professor emeritus of geology, that wasn’t always the case. “Prior to the renovation, the building was in complete disarray,” Marshak said. Paint peeled, light...

DPI holds workshops to engage UI System campuses in research, development

DPI holds workshops to engage UI System campuses in research, development

By Manuel Román-Basora, Contributing Writer

February 13, 2019


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

The University of Illinois Discovery Partners Institute held the first workshop of the year at the iHotel & Conference Center on Monday. The event was opened by Tim Killeen, president of the UI System, who shared encouraging words for community building within the DPI. Conceived in 2017, th...

Groups aim to prevent stalking

Groups aim to prevent stalking

By Grace Maloney, Contributing writer

February 11, 2019


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

This past January marked the 15th National Stalking Awareness Month. To start off the month, an Illinois law recognizing unwanted contact via social media as a form of stalking took effect on Jan. 1. “Adding that specific language to the criminal code about social media not only makes the law stronger,...

Pritzker appoints 5 new members to UI Board of Trustees

Pritzker appoints 5 new members to UI Board of Trustees

By The Daily Illini staff report

February 9, 2019


Filed under Administration, News, State

The University gained five new Board of Trustees members, appointed by Democratic Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. Attorney Kareem Dale, human service agency CEO Ricardo Estrada, and attorney Patricia Brown Holmes, were seated as the new trustee members. Private equity CEO Donald Edwards and form...

In-state tuition freezes for fall

In-state tuition freezes for fall

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

February 7, 2019


Filed under Administration, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Student Government, News, State, Top Stories

The University will freeze tuition for in-state freshmen for the fifth straight year next fall. The last time the University experienced a tuition freeze of this length was from 1962 to 1968. However, non residents will have increased tuition along with student fees and housing costs, which will keep up wi...

UI racks up public record denials; requests improperly blocked 63 percent of the time

UI racks up public record denials; requests improperly blocked 63 percent of the time

By Therese Pokorney, Assistant News Editor

January 31, 2019


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

The University of Illinois has been found to be one of the top offenders for improperly releasing public records under the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act, according to a recent report by the Better Government Association, a nonpartisan watchdog group in Illinois. The report stated that among the denied FOIA and OMA requests sent to the attorney general’s Public Access Counselor’s office for review, the Unive...

UI reveals timeline for Illini Hall, Altgeld project

UI reveals timeline for Illini Hall, Altgeld project

By Olivia Welshans, Staff writer

January 31, 2019


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

The University is proceeding with plans to amplify its scholarship and leadership in mathematics by constructing a new building on the site of Illini Hall by 2022 and renovating Altgeld Hall by 2024. The University is negotiating an architect contract for the almost $100 million project, which will ho...

Award-winning paper examines social media, public relations

Award-winning paper examines social media, public relations

By Tiara Cosby, Staff Writer

January 31, 2019


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, News, State

The National Communication Association chooses one scholarly article out of over 100 submissions for the PRIDE Research Award each year. Assistant professor John Wirtz and University alumna Thais Zimbre were selected for their article researching dialogic communication this year.  “Our project s...

Food insecurity leads to federal investigations

Food insecurity leads to federal investigations

By Olivia Welshans, Staff Writer

January 24, 2019


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

For Cassandra Nikolaus, Sundays were all about food. She used this day to prepare all of her food for the upcoming week, walking to three different grocery stores and using coupons to find the best deals in a one-mile radius. Her purchase usually totaled around $50, which she paid for with food stamps and any money left over after paying her rent. This...

Education plan sparks controversy

Education plan sparks controversy

By HongBin Jeong, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, News, State

With Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s inauguration quickly approaching, some are concerned he will not be able to keep his campaign promises for higher education once he takes his seat in the capital. Pritzker’s plan for higher education in the state focuses on three key areas: increasing college affordability, keeping Illinois students in-state...

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