In this May 26, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Billings, Mont., Thursday, May 26.
Brennen Linsley/Associated Press
June 07, 2016

Sen. Kirk, Gov’s Rauner and Pence React To Trump Comments

Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, one of the party's most endangered incumbents, said Tuesday he won't support the presumptive GOP presidential nominee after Trump's controversial comments about a federal judge of Mexican heritage. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said he was 'disgusted' by Trump's words, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence called them 'inappropriate.'


U of I History Professor Adrian Burgos with National Baseball Hall of Fame Curator John Odell
Kaitlin Southworth, Producer, Big Ten Network
May 20, 2016

Documentary Profiles Latinos’ Role In Shaping Baseball History

U of I history professor Adrian Burgos learned through his family, and his love for baseball, that Latin players played a large role in the game since its early days. Burgos' research is the focus of "Playing America's Game", which includes interviews with Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, and current Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. The program premieres Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. 


Student trustees received certificates at the final U of I board meeting of 2015-16.
Shannon O'Brien/University of Illinois at Springfield
May 20, 2016

UI ‘Strategic Framework’ Amended To Include Language On Race

University of Illinois officials are being encouraged to think about race in a new way. That’s thanks to a change in the university’s strategic plan proposed by a student member of the U of I Board of Trustees.  On Thursday, Chicago campus Trustee Jauwan Hall suggested they replace the concept of encouraging “diversity” with encouraging "normalization."


Will Leitch appearing in a video for Bloomberg
Will Leitch
May 20, 2016

U Of I Alum Leitch Wants New Mascot

The University of Illinois Urbana campus is exploring the idea of a mascot for its athletic teams nearly a decade after retiring Chief Illiniwek as the campus symbol.  Alumnus Will Leitch, a writer for Bloomberg and several other publications, explains why he's in favor of this idea in an interview with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline.


Portrait of Erik McDuffie
U of I Department of African-American Studies
May 11, 2016

Campus Groups Use ‘Freedom Forum’ To Respond To Recent Racial Incidents

Swastikas spray-painted on three campus buildings.  A white groundskeeper tossing a noose on a worktable used by a black co-worker.  Chalk messages saying “Build the Wall” and “Trump Deportation Force” written on sidewalks in front of the building that houses the Department of Latina/Latino Studies.  Associate Professor of African-American Studies Erik McDuffie discusses these University of Illinois Urbana campus incidents and the "Freedom Forum" his department hosted in response with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline.


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