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Protect those around you: Self-quarantine after break

Protect those around you: Self-quarantine after break

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board

March 12, 2020

Coronavirus has monopolized thoughts — and comedy — on campus the last couple of weeks. Memes featuring the virus, affectionately dubbed “corona,” have flooded social media feeds. Students make casual jokes about it as they walk to class. Classes become derailed as professors add their own hum...

Opinion | Coronavirus outbreak a matter of public health, not politics

Opinion | Coronavirus outbreak a matter of public health, not politics

By Alice Lee, Senior Columnist

March 10, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has been an alarming topic of conversation since the beginning of this year, but it is even more alarming that politicians are attempting to politicize it. Like other illnesses, COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate based on partisan affiliations. But as contradictory information ar...

Opinion | Sales save you neither money nor headaches

Opinion | Sales save you neither money nor headaches

By Mark Toledano, Columnist

March 10, 2020

Buy one get one free! Half off! Everything must go! Sales are everywhere. They’re catchy and attention-grabbing. At first glance, they appear to be a way to save yourself some money. A lower price is less money out of your pocket, after all. But the nominal value on the sales tag is not the only...

Opinion | China’s Belt and Road should alarm international community

Opinion | China's Belt and Road should alarm international community

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Senior Columnist

March 9, 2020

When it was forged, the Silk Road was made up of crucial trade routes that connected the two great civilizations of China and Rome. In its prime, the Silk Road stood as the first symbol the world would ever see indicating that increased connectivity mutually benefits all those involved, an idea that wo...

Opinion | More public transit can benefit us all

Opinion | More public transit can benefit us all

By Dylan Gray, Columnist

March 9, 2020

The United States is a country built upon the automobile. Of course, this is a relatively recent invention, just over a century old. But in that time, it has shaped our cityscapes and our national infrastructure in a way that nothing else has. For this reason, we have, for lack of a better phrase, a “car cult...

Opinion | Tribalism plagues Democratic primary

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters at a campaign rally at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 15. Columnist Andrew calls attention to the divisive infighting within the Democratic Party and asks candidates like Sanders to remember they’re all on the same side.

By Andrew Prozorovsky, Senior Columnist

March 5, 2020

The 2016 Republican Primary saw a crowded field of candidates scared by the rise in popularity of the outlier populist. Although Bernie Sanders is no Donald Trump, it appears as if the 2020 Democratic Primary will echo the same tale: one comprised of tribalism and division, exacerbated by media sensationa...

Editorial | Vote ‘Yes’ to Media Fee

Editorial | Vote 'Yes' to Media Fee

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board

March 5, 2020

A tall coffee from Starbucks costs $1.85. Here at Illini Media Company, we are asking just the same from you: $1.85 a semester to help us continue to serve the University.  The Illini Media Company consists of The Daily Illini, WPGU 107.1 FM and Illio Yearbook. When you want to stay up to date with news a...

Opinion | Be safe during Unofficial

A participant of Unofficial stares at KAM's as his friend is taken into an OSF ambulance during Unofficial on March 1, 2019.

By Tommy Block, Senior Columnist

March 4, 2020

I’d like to think I’m fun. I’ll bike my heart out on a nice spring day. I’ll never turn down a round of mini-golf. I’ll spend hours in the kitchen making some spicy vegetarian chili, and I’ll soak in every aroma-filled second. I know how to have a good time, hand on my heart. You’re p...

Opinion | Coronavirus is not an excuse to be racist

Masked shoppers in a supermarket in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, in central China’s Hubei province on Feb. 10. Many students on campus have been affected by the coronavirus as they have family members still living in China.

By Sabrina Lee, Columnist

March 4, 2020

Now that the uproar about coronavirus has seemingly reached a plateau, we need to talk about the problems it has created in its wake.  No, I’m not talking about the grand total 100 people in the United States who have been diagnosed with the virus. I’m talking about the hysteria and sheer terror that has accompanied the...

Opinion | Cracker Barrel: America’s hidden gem

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store at 955 Airport Boulevard, near Raleigh-Durham International Airport, in Morrisville, North Carolina.

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist

March 3, 2020

There are countless reasons why America is the greatest country in the world: The Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Grand Canyon, homemade apple pie, old Glory waving in the sky, hot dogs and baseball. These aspects make being an American all the more enjoyable. One factor of the American...

Opinion | Bloomberg spends his way to the top

Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks at an Everytown for Gun Safety event in August 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Senior Columnist David shines a spotlight on Bloomberg’s excessive campaign spending.

By David Lee, Senior Columnist

March 2, 2020

In March 2018, self-funded billionaire JB Pritzker secured the Democratic party nomination for the Illinois gubernatorial race. He went on to win the general election in a landslide. The election was the most expensive governor’s race in U.S. history. Did Pritzker buy his way to victory? Probably not...

Opinion | Blagojevich doesn’t deserve a commutation

Opinion | Blagojevich doesn’t deserve a commutation

By Matthew Krauter, Columnist

March 2, 2020

President Trump exercised his pardon powers on Feb. 18 to commute the 14-year sentence of disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Such a move is both politically unpalatable and a poor usage of the pardon power. Trump had every right to commute the sentence of Blagojevich. Article 2 of ...

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