Champaign County seal, displayed in the Champaign County Boardroom.
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December 06, 2016

Pius Weibel Returns As Champaign County Board Chair

Champaign Democrat Pius Weibel is the new chair of the Champaign County board. A majority of County Board Democrats voted to appoint Weibel as chair at Monday night’s organizational meeting. His election came after an effort by fellow Democrat Pattsi Petrie to continue as chair with Republican support collapsed, due to the absence of GOP member John Jay.


U of I Asian American Studies Professor Naomi Paik addresses Urbana Chancellor Robert Jones and the Academic Senate Monday at the Illini Union.
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December 05, 2016

Campus Senate Approves ‘Inclusive Climate’ Measure After Healthy Debate

A faculty-student panel at the University of Illinois has passed a measure that renews a commitment to diversity, and a welcoming climate for minority and LGBT students in the wake of the presidential election. But there was also a fair amount of debate at Monday’s meeting of the Urbana Campus Senate - primarily over whether the 'Resolution on an Inclusive Campus Senate' needed further review.


Protestors celebrate at Oceti Sakowin Camp earlier today.
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December 04, 2016

Army Corps Denies Easement For Dakota Access Pipeline

The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to deny a permit for the construction of a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The decision essentially halts the construction on the 1,172-mile oil pipeline about half a mile south of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The decision is also a victory for the thousands of demonstrators across the country who flocked to North Dakota in protest.


Three college basketball players fighting for a rebound.
AP Photo/Andres Kudacki
December 03, 2016

Leron Black’s 18 Helps Illini Men Beat VCU 64-46

The Illini men's basketball team won its second straight game, knocking off Virginia Commonwealth at the HoopHall Miami Invitational. Three Illinois players scored in double figures.


A non-GMO shelf label at a Whole Foods store in Portland, Oregon.
Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images
December 03, 2016

Americans Don’t Trust Scientists’ Take On Food Issues

A new survey finds strong public support for organic food and suspicion of GMO's -- regardless of whether people vote Republican or Democratic.  Also, people don't trust scientists much at all.


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