Screenshot of security video shows two people vandalizing the outdoor menorah at the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign
University of Illinois Campus Police
February 09, 2016

UPDATE: Illini Softball Player To Face Charge Of Vandalizing Menorah

A member of the University of Illinois women's softball team, Ruby A. Fernandez-Rivera, has been issued a notice to appear in court in connection with the weekend vandalizing of the menorah outside the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign.  She's been suspended indefinitely from the team, while the other student involved, identified only as a male gymnast, will miss the next two competitions.


U of I students Ahsan Ali, Bana Zayyad and Mudassir Ali serve on the executive board of the Muslim Students Association on the Urbana campus.
Senait Gebregiorgis/Illinois Public Media
December 22, 2015

Muslim Students Confront Stereotypes

After the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, many Muslims in the United States find themselves confronting stereotypes about their culture and religion. That includes Muslim students at the University of Illinois. 


Baker Siddique and wife Nazmun
Rachel Otwell/WUIS
December 16, 2015

Being Muslim In Illinois

Muslims in Illinois are coping with increased scrutiny and incendiary rhetoric. We take you inside a local mosque and introduce you to a business owner in Champaign-Urbana.


The new water tower in Gifford, which is expected to operational in a few weeks.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 17, 2015

Gifford: Two Years Later

There are no big ceremonies Tuesday to mark the two-year mark of the EF-4 tornado that tore through the tiny Champaign County village of Gifford, destroying or damaging 70 homes.  "We did not want to always dwell on the destruction of what had happened that day," said Christina Gann, who was a large part of relief efforts in 2013 and 2014.


John's seal on the cover of Magna Carta: The Birth Of Liberty
Viking Press
October 27, 2015

So You Think You Know The Magna Carta…?

This year, the Magna Carta will turn 800 years old. The document, literally “Great Charter” when translated from Latin, is revered as the founding document of western democracy. Its language is found in many later key political documents including the US constitution and the Bill of Rights. But when Dan Jones dug into its history he found a very different story than we assume. Illinois Public Media's Amanda Honigfort talked with Jones about what he found. 


Pope Francis is applauded as he arrives to address a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, making history as the first pontiff to do so.
Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP
September 24, 2015

Davis, Durbin Praise Pope’s Address To Congress

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Congressman Rodney Davis agreed with the pope's words before a joint meeting of Congress Thursday.  But they differed over funding for Planned Parenthood.


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