Letters to the Editor
Regarding the proposed new University of Illinois I mascot, I say not until Chief Illiniwek is reinstated as the true symbol of our great school and is not some distant memory.
As a 1972 UI engineering graduate, I say a "mascot" is not needed. We are better than to have just an athletic mascot. Illiniwek is a respected and revered symbol of the UI and the state.
At a recent meeting with local social service providers, I heard distressing stories about the impact of nearly a year with no state funding. These agencies who care for our most vulnerable populations (the mentally ill, homeless, those with disabilities, victims of rape and domestic violence) have cut services and eliminated programs.