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Opening statements in Brendt Christensen’s trial predicted to begin Wednesday

Opening statements in Brendt Christensen’s trial predicted to begin Wednesday

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 5, 2019


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase

Day three of jury selection in Brendt Christensen’s trial included groups of 14 jurors in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Six of the potential jurors qualified from the morning group and two qualified in the afternoon, bringing the total up to 45 potential jurors of the 70 needed before c...

Day two of jury selection ends with 24 more potential jurors

Day two of jury selection ends with 24 more potential jurors

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

June 4, 2019


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News

The second day of jury selection ended Tuesday with 24 jurors total added to the pool from Monday. Sixteen jurors were brought in for both the morning and afternoon sessions. Nine jurors were qualified in the morning, and 15 qualified in the afternoon. After 70 jurors qualify, both sides will “stri...

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...

Sixth, John streets see further closures in upcoming week

Sixth, John streets see further closures in upcoming week

By Daily Illini Staff Report

June 1, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, News

Citing construction and a need to complete utility connections and patch pavement, the city of Champaign has announced the following road closures on campus will continue into next week. Traffic will be restricted from these areas on the dates listed below. — John Street between First and Second...

Gies announces online shift for MBA program

Gies announces online shift for MBA program

May 30, 2019


Filed under Administration, News

Gies College of Business plans to move their Masters of Business Administration program completely online once the current class graduates. As Gies Dean Jeffrey Brown announced to stakeholders last Friday, the College will focus investments on their growing online iMBA program and end enrollment in...

Road closure on Sixth Street rescheduled

Road closure on Sixth Street rescheduled

May 29, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News

The City of Champaign announced Tuesday the dates for road closure on Sixth Street between Green and John streets have been rescheduled to Friday between the hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m., assuming weather is favorable. According to the notice, the street will remain open to traffic on Thursday. During the...

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...

Urbana kicks off summer with Uncork Wine Festival

Urbana kicks off summer with Uncork Wine Festival

By Ethan Simmons, Staff writer

May 28, 2019


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News

Contrary to what the name suggests, the Uncork Urbana Wine Festival is open to all ages. Slotted for June 8, the sixth annual Uncork Festival will celebrate Urbana culture in several forms. Attendees can experience local wineries, food vendors and cooking demonstrations in Meadowbrook Park, backdropp...

University to use The College Board’s ‘adversity score’ for student admissions, retention

University to use The College Board’s ‘adversity score’ for student admissions, retention

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff writer

May 25, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, News

The College Board recently announced a new college admissions tool that measures the economic and social adversity of students who take the SAT exam. The Environmental Context Dashboard is meant to help schools diversify their student populations without looking explicitly at race. The ECD determines a...

Suspect in overnight shooting surrenders

Suspect in overnight shooting surrenders

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

May 23, 2019


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News

The 15-year-old suspect in recent overnight shootings surrendered to Champaign County Juvenile Detention Services Tuesday at around 4:40 a.m., according to a Champaign Police press release. According to reports, police responded to the residence in the 1600 block of Hedge Road around 1:30 a.m. on May 11...

Sixth Street closes as construction progresses

Sixth Street closes as construction progresses

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

May 21, 2019


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News

Furthering the construction in the space once was occupied by beloved campus bar, Firehaus, Core Spaces and J. H. Findroff & Son Inc. will be closing off Sixth Street between Green and John streets from Wednesday to Friday. Sixth Street will be closed on these days from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to complete ...

Police search for suspect in overnight shooting

Police search for suspect in overnight shooting

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

May 18, 2019


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News

After 14-year-old Elijah Booker succumbed to life-threatening injuries from apparent gunshot wounds last week, the Champaign County State’s Attorney filed a petition for the suspect in juvenile court on the charges of manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon. According to a Champaign Police press release, pr...

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