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'A lot of people care about Yingying a lot': Chinese student group giving its all

URBANA — When word first came out about the disappearance of University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang, members of one campus organization didn't waste any time volunteering to help.

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association is a group of about 300 members dedicated to providing intellectual, social and cultural activities among Chinese students and scholars.

'Give my daughter back'

CHAMPAIGN — Ronggao Zhang has a message for whomever's responsible for his daughter's disappearance 13 days ago on the UI campus.

"Give my daughter back," the father of visiting UI scholar Yingying Zhang said through an interpreter on Thursday.

"Ying, be strong, Dad is waiting for you here," he said. "I hope that being a good person you will be safe forever."

Marcus Jackson/About Town: It's been a lifelong UI thing

CHAMPAIGN — One of Lee Zerrusen's first memories is watching his dad, Dan, go nuts in their Teutopolis home when Andy Kaufmann drilled a desperation buzzer-beating shot to stun Iowa in 1993.

"My dad jumped up and knocked out the ceiling," recalled Zerrusen, who wasn't even 5 at the time. "From that young age, all things Fighting Illini have just been ingrained in me."

Entertainment listings, June 22-29, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

VERMILION COUNTY FAIR

What: Grandstand entertainment includes Little Miss and Talent Show at 6 p.m. June 22, Truck and Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. June 23, Stadium Motocross at 7 p.m. June 24, Demo Derby at 4 p.m. June 25. Livestock shows, 4-H exhibits and shows, carnival, entertainment, food and more.

THE LATEST: The search for Yingying Zhang

THE CASE

FBI, UIPD teaming up

University of Illinois police spent Wednesday watching what spokesman Patrick Wade described as "hours and hours" of surveillance video footage with the help of the FBI, searching for clues into the disappearance of the visiting Chinese scholar and the black Saturn Astra that 26-year-old Yingying Zhang was last seen getting into on June 9.

Whitman calling an audible on Memorial Stadium renovation

CHAMPAIGN — The $132 million Memorial Stadium renovation project that Illinois announced in October is now on the back burner, athletic director Josh Whitman revealed on Tuesday during a media roundtable at the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building.

DAY 12: The search for Yingying Zhang

OVERSEAS

The disappearance of the UI's visiting scholar has become a big story in her native China, with Yingying Zhang's boyfriend reportedly telling one newspaper in that country: "I wish the search process in the U.S. could be faster. Everything is moving too slow."

UI law professor breaks down Supreme Court's decisive day

The Supreme Court made one big headline after another Monday, with decisions related to 9/11, gerrymandering, trademark protection and more.

We asked UI College of Law Professor JASON MAZZONE for his three takeaways from the day.

Part 33: 'We're lawyers for you, Illinois'

With the UI celebrating birthday No. 150 this year, we caught up with hundreds of graduates who have gone on to greatness. Every Tuesday throughout 2017, Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO will tell their tales. Today, in Part 33: the singing judge.