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Another swastika found on wall in UI English Building restroom

URBANA — A month after a swastika was found painted in campus tunnel, another was found this week in a University of Illinois bathroom, according to UI police.

This one was found Monday drawn on a wall inside a men's restroom at the English Building at 608 S. Wright St., U., police said. They don't know when it happened.

Accused kidnapper's lawyers plan mental-health defense to avoid death penalty

URBANA — If Brendt Christensen is convicted, lawyers for the accused kidnapper and killer plan to argue their client suffers from a mental condition to avoid the death penalty.

Co-chairman of Chief panel has 'cautious optimism' after first meeting

CHAMPAIGN — Eric Jolly has experience helping communities through traumatic events, from Northern Ireland’s Troubles to the aftermath of 9/11.

Now, he hopes to apply those reconciliation efforts to the intractable issue of Chief Illiniwek as co-chairman of Chancellor Robert Jones’ new Commission on Native Imagery.

UI volleyball fans 'kind of at the mercy of the scheduling'

CHAMPAIGN — Within an hour of the announcement that Illini volleyball would play its regional match at 11 a.m. Friday, Spike Squad member Jacob Rajlich had a question for athletic director Josh Whitman.

"Hey @IlliniAD, can @SpikeSquad be excused from class on Friday?" the University of Illinois junior and St. Joseph native posted on Twitter.

2 more finalists for UI's chief diversity officer job coming to campus this month

URBANA — Two more finalists for a new chief diversity officer position at the University of Illinois will give presentations on campus this month, bringing the total to four.

UI Research Park director co-chairing Pritzker transition committee

CHAMPAIGN — The director of the University of Illinois Research Park is co-chairing a committee to promote job creation and economic opportunity for Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker.

Laura Frerichs is one of four co-chairs of the 37-member transition committee, which includes business owners, elected officials, pastors and union officials.

John Frayne | Eroica Trio, BACH entertain Foellinger crowd

The Eroica Trio, which performed in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 13, offered a varied program of pleasant, as well as high-strung, chamber music. The two original members of the trio, pianist Erica Nickrenz and cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio, were joined by violinist Sara Parker, who entered the group in 2006.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Dec. 2, 2018

There's nothing like the holidays to juice up the local music scene, and no venue is busier with musical goings-on this time of year than Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. Just check all that's playing this week:

— Today at 3 p.m.

Getting Personal: Luke McCurdy

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 20-year-old LUKE McCURDY, a junior in the University of Illinois Gies College of Business and the youngest of 13 children, chats with staff writer Paul Wood about his Illini-friendly family.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 2, 2018

Mike Hebert is enjoying the Illini's volleyball resurgence from the comfort of his San Diego home, a block from the Pacific Ocean.

"He's still a true Illinois fan," said his wife, Sherry. "And he's very touched how people still reach out, how much people remember what he did."

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