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Final meeting on UI mascot exploration is tonight

The group studying whether the University of Illinois should have its first ever mascot is having its final meeting Friday evening.

Mark Schaer is co-chair of the Illinois Student Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Exploration of a University Mascot. Chief Illiniwek, the former symbol of the school, was retired in 2007.

Updated: UI union work stoppages would be short at first, leader says

New 3:10 p.m. Thursday:

The head of the non-tenure faculty union at the University of Illinois said any work stoppages would be short to begin with.

Activist's mom 'stood her ground'

CHAMPAIGN — The noted activist Malcolm X wrote one of the most influential autobiographies of the late 20th century, but little is widely known about the woman who shaped his early life: his mother, Louise Little.

Entertainment listings, April 7-14, 2016

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Anti-immigrant messages on UI quad lead Wilson to remind campus of words' 'painful' impact

URBANA — Defamatory messages scribbled in chalk near the University of Illinois Quad led Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson to remind the campus Wednesday of the “painful” impact offensive messages can have.

Bill would mean no loss of professional license for student loan default

SPRINGFIELD — The state no longer would be able to deny a professional license or a license renewal to someone who defaulted on a student loan under a bill approved Wednesday by a Senate committee.

On an 8-2 party-line vote, the Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee approved SB 2236 sponsored by Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign.

Bill would bar colleges asking about criminal past before admission

SPRINGFIELD — Colleges in Illinois would not be allowed to ask prospective students about criminal convictions during the admissions process under a bill approved Tuesday by the House Higher Education Committee.

The legislation, HB 4446, is sponsored by Rep. Barbara Wheeler, R-Crystal Lake. It was approved on a 16-1 roll call.

PODCAST: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville)

PODCAST: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville): Play now!

Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) was on campus at the University of Illinois on Tuesday for a Campus Safety Summit. Davis talked with Scott Beatty about that along with issues related to agriculture and the presidential campaign.


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UI Senate OKs resolution urging coal divestment

URBANA — The latest divestment effort at the University of Illinois may not meet quite the same resistance that prolonged the campaign against apartheid in the 1980s.