The Daily Illini

Rep. Davis protested over lack of open meetings

Rep. Davis protested over lack of open meetings

By Heather Schlitz, Assistant News Editor

September 17, 2018


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

Diana Dudzienski, Champaign resident, said she waited outside in the sun for nearly two hours for a chance to speak with Rep. Rodney Davis the last time the congressman held open office hours in Champaign in May 2017. She never got to speak with him. After explaining she had medical issues and was awaiting a ki...

Gubernatorial candidates comment on ranked-choice voting

By Madelyn Foster, Assistant News Editor

September 6, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, News, State

This year, Maine became the first state to use ranked-choice voting for statewide elections, and Illinois may soon follow suit. Ranked-choice voting is a system that allows voters to rank all candidates by order of preference as opposed to selecting one. Senate Bill 0780, which was initially filed in...

New bill to change MAP grant system

New bill to change MAP grant system

By Samantha Boyle, Assistant Daytime News Editor

August 30, 2018


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

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed two bills regarding transferring credits, academic advising and the certainty of the Monetary Award Program, commonly known as MAP grants, for returning students at the University.  MAP grants are awarded to students who are residents of Illinois and have financial...

University grants free tuition for low income students

University grants free tuition for low income students

By Therese Pokorney & Samantha Boyle, Assistant Daytime News Editors

August 27, 2018


Filed under News, State

The Illinois Commitment will offer in-state students free tuition starting Fall 2019, if their family income falls below $61,000. The program will be effective starting Fall 2019. It will cover tuition and fees for all qualified freshmen for four years and all qualified transfer students for three ye...

Student loans disproportionately affect minority students, study shows

Student loans disproportionately affect minority students, study shows

By Veronica Mierek, Contributing Writer

August 13, 2018


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

A new study done by researchers at the University suggests black and Hispanic students with loans are shown to have a lower net worth at 30 years old compared to those without, according to the press release. The study shows black and Hispanic adults with outstanding student loans earn, on average, $36,000 less...

Farmers adapt to changing Illinois weather patterns

Farmers adapt to changing Illinois weather patterns

By Veronica Mierek, Contributing writer

August 2, 2018


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

The corn yields in Illinois are increasing at a rapid pace, showing a trend towards an increase of two bushels an acre per year due to changes in Illinois weather trends and temperatures, said Eric Snodgrass, atmospheric sciences professor at the University. “We are actually getting more annual preci...

Online transaction tax ruling unlikely to change consumer behavior

Online transaction tax ruling unlikely to change consumer behavior

By Madalyn Velisaris, Staff Writer

July 19, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, News, State

In a five to four ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the Supreme Court overturned a decision from two decades ago, giving permission to states collecting sales tax for online transactions. The ruling is seen as a success for states because it is estimated they were losing between $13 billion and $...

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 Life, 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 Life, 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 Life, 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...

Next Page »