For the sellout crowd at the Assembly Hall in Champaign February 21, the big highlight wasn't Illinois' victory over Michigan, but the last appearance of Chief Illiniwek. The Chief has plenty of critics -- but at the game, supporters showed how much they loved him. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
A Decision on Chief Illiniwek
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.
The Super Bowl not only marked the first time the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears met up in football's championship game, but the closest-ever proximity between two rival cities. That resulted in somewhat of a dilemma for fans right in the middle. AM 580's Jeff Bossert reports from Indiana, along I-65 -- halfway between two spheres of influence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AM 580's Dave Dickey examines generational differences in the issue of support for Chief Illiniwek
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees met in open session at Foellenger Auditorium to respond to the University's Dialogue on Chief Illiniwek.
Judge Louis B. Garippo presents his report to the Board of Trustees on the Dialogue on Chief Illiniwek.