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Diverse Business Opportunity Fair to explore expanding diversity at UI

Diverse Business Opportunity Fair to explore expanding diversity at UI

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

August 12, 2019

Following last year's fair involving more than 200 business, the University announced plans for the second annual Diverse Business Opportunity Fair to take place on Aug. 28. The fair kicks off with opening remarks at noon and will contain both a vendor fair from 1-4 p.m. and a networking reception...

White supremacist propaganda surges at University during 2018-2019 school year

White supremacist propaganda surges at University during 2018-2019 school year

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff writer

August 8, 2019

A recent Anti-Defamation League report found white supremacist propaganda on college campuses increased 57% across six Midwest states during the 2018-2019 school year. The ADL reported 36 cases of white supremacist propaganda on campuses across Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakot...

Recovery of Yingying Zhang’s remains ‘has no certainty of success’

Recovery of Yingying Zhang’s remains ‘has no certainty of success’

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

August 7, 2019

Yingying Zhang's family and their attorneys gathered Wednesday morning for a press conference at Beckett Law Office in Urbana to discuss what they learned about the conditions of their daughter's death following discussions between prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office and Brendt Christensen's...

Illini Fest promotes nostalgia for Chicago-based alumni

Illini Fest promotes nostalgia for Chicago-based alumni

By Zack Fishman, Contributing writer

August 4, 2019

The University held its first Illini Fest alumni event in downtown Chicago, and it hosted a variety of speakers and entertainment while promoting its role in the city’s history. Illini Fest was held in Millennium Park’s Park Grill Plaza on July 18, next to The Bean, and it attracted hundreds o...

University begins work with state, federal governments to close financial aid loopholes

University begins work with state, federal governments to close financial aid loopholes

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

August 1, 2019

After a financial aid scandal involving families from wealthy counties in Illinois giving up custody of their children to qualify for higher amounts of aid was reported on Monday by ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal, both the state and federal governments addressed the issue at hand and have spoke...

Illinois expects economic impact following marijuana legalization

Illinois expects economic impact following marijuana legalization

By Rebecca Wood, Staff writer

July 12, 2019

Following 10 other states, Illinois legalized recreational marijuana use for those over age 21.  However, unlike those other states, Illinois became the first to also legalize the sale and possession of it.  Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker signed into action the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act o...

Governor Pritzker addresses higher education investments at Illini Union

Governor Pritzker addresses higher education investments at Illini Union

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

July 3, 2019

Addressing the crowd with some humor and some seriousness, Governor J.B. Pritzker was at the Illini Union Wednesday to discuss the state’s new capital construction program on higher education. “We are investing $45 billion over six years to repair what’s broken and to build what’s needed all...

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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