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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - February 16, 2007

A Decision on Chief Illiniwek

A Decision on Chief Illiniwek

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(Duration: 7:59)

Chief Illiniwek logo with a red slash drawn through it

The chair of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees has retired the tradition of Chief Illiniwek. The last halftime dance for the Chief will be Wednesday, February 21st, during the final men's basketball home game of the season. Larry Eppley says he is a fan of the Chief, but his decision was in the university's best interest. AM 580's Jim Meadows talked to him, along with Ted Land from the student-run television channel UI-7.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - February 02, 2007

Addressing Racial Issues

A forum on racial and ethnic tensions on the University of Illinois campus brought together top university officials and a student group. The event was entitled "Racism, Power and Privilege on the UIUC Campus." The student group confronted the administration in the wake of a fraternity/sorority party last fall, in which students dressed as offensive Mexican stereotypes. But the "tacos and tequila" party was just part of the discussion. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - September 22, 2006

Could Former Chiefs Take Over Illiniwek’s Mantle?

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archival picture of Chief Illiniwek dancing

A recent newspaper report said the University of Illinois had made tentative plans to transfer ownership of the Chief Illiniwek symbol to a group of alumni who had portrayed the Chief. All sides deny that any agreement is in place but confirm that "informal" talks have occurred.  The former student quoted in the report, Steve Raquel, remains hopeful that Chief supporters and opponents alike can find a way to see beyond their differences.  AM 580's Jeff Bossert spoke with him.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - June 16, 2004

Chief Illiniwek: What is ‘Consensus?

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(Duration: 4:06)

Chief Illiniwek performing with the University of Illinois Band

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees votes on a resolution that neither retires nor specifically preserves the controversial symbol, but calls for all sides to come to a consensus. As AM 580's Jim Meadows reports, it will be very difficult to find an outcome that would end such a polarized debate.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 14, 2003

With No Decision, Campus Remains Divided on Chief Illiniwek

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(Duration: 4:41)

Students at meeting

With the lack of a vote, many people are beginning to wonder if the status of Chief Illiniwek will ever be completely settled. And now that the TV news crews from Chicago and St. Louis have left the U of I campus in Urbana...students, faculty and staff are now left to deal with an underlying rancor. AM 580's Tom Rogers reports.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 13, 2003

No Vote on Chief Illiniwek, Again

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(Duration: 3:32)

Students at meeting

UI trustees tabled a resolution to retire the controversial symbol, which some consider a racist mascot. The resolution's author decided to delay a vote until a meeting in July. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports on the decision and the contentious atmosphere at the meeting.






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