blog navigation

Illinois Featured Content

blog posts

  • Commencement speaker Jill Ellis: Illinois coach to two-time World Cup champion

    Jill Ellis, who won back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cups as coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, will serve as the University-wide Commencement speaker Saturday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Stadium.

  • Four exhibits to visit at Krannert Art Museum this summer

    Learn about some of the rotating exhibits you should visit at KAM this summer.

  • 2022 University-wide Commencement Guide

    This year, Illinois graduates will gather in Memorial Stadium for the greatest celebration of the year—the University-wide Commencement ceremony. Here is a guide for everything you need to know to prepare.

  • Student Success Initiative impacts student experiences

    As part of ongoing efforts to understand what leads to student success at Illinois, the Student Success Initiative is working to improve key areas impacting the student experience.

  • Commencement 2022: Explore Memorial Stadium through the years

    This year, we are thankful to be able to celebrate the 2022 University-wide Commencement Ceremony at Memorial Stadium. Explore the stadium through the years.

  • Professor Govindjee in his office, surrounded by memorabilia from decades of studying photosynthesis

    Govindjee receives Lifetime Achievement Award for photosynthesis research

    Pant biology professor emeritus Govindjee was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Photosynthesis Research for 'contributions to chlorophyll fluorescence induction and photosystem II function.'

  • Illinois Extension: Serving state residents

    Illinois Extension is the university’s statewide network of educators, faculty experts and staff dedicated to serving Illinois residents. No matter where you are in the State of Illinois, you’ll find Extension—they have a presence in every county.

  • image of a Wayfair.com warehouse by John Taggart for The New York Times.

    ‘Fast furniture’ is cheap. And Americans are throwing it in the trash

    New York Times (Oct. 31) Many Ikea beds and Wayfair desks are designed to last about five years, says U of I professor Deana McDonagh. 'I relate to fast furniture like I do to fast food. It’s empty of culture, and it’s not carrying any history with it.'

  • Water samples taken by a male animal biology graduate researcher and female undergraduate researcher. Photo by Brian Stauffer

    U of I teams to participate in national program to advocate undergrad research

    Four teams of Illinois faculty, staff, and undergraduate researchers were selected to take part in a new program to build national awareness of the benefits of undergraduate research as a high-impact educational practice.

  • Nathaniel "Big Easy" Lofton, recently retired from the Harlem Globetrotters, presents the Emmy Award to U of I producers Tim Hartin and Kaitlin Southworth.

    'Cold War: Illinois Stories' wins Mid-America Regional Emmy Award

    “Cold War: Illinois Stories” won the Mid-America Regional Emmy Award for best magazine program. It was the seventh Emmy for producer Tim Hartin, and the cap to his thirty year career at Illinois.

  • Jenna Spangler prepares a pork roast in this spring’s Grilling and BBQ Science course. Photos by Michelle Hassel

    Grilling and BBQ Science class: Making meat more than a meal

    A driven undergraduate student, Jenna Spangler, tackles pork loin and fruit in ANSC 210 - Grilling and BBQ Science - at Illinois.

  • The Khan family – Ann and Shahid holding Louie, Shanna holding Shanelle – visits with Dr. Laura Garrett in their home.

    Khan family gift elevates cancer care for pets

    Business leader Shahid Khan, his wife Ann Margaret Khan, and their children Tony and Shanna Khan – all graduates of the U of I – have made a gift of $15 million that will transform the integrated oncology program at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

  • Grange Grove, the grassy area outside Memorial Stadium that hosts Illini tailgaters

    Grange Grove entertainment lineup set for football season

    Illinois' premier pregame tailgating location will once again be open with a full slate of entertainment planned for the season. 

  • Broadus White Socks as a bronze statue beside archive photo of the living Broadus

    A century after his championships, world-famous steer welcomes visitors to Stock Pavilion

    A statue of Broadus White Socks, a world-famous, two-time prize-winning steer (1922), installed at the south entrance of the Stock Pavilion, caps decades of renovations there. Read Broadus's facinating life story, and his post-life story.

  • Promotional image for Ludacris

    Ludacris returns home to perform at State Farm Center

    Ludacris, a Champaign native and rapper, will perform Saturday, October 15 at 8:00pm as part of the University of Illinois Homecoming festivities. 

  • informational graphic for the NCAA Tennis Championships hosted at Illinois

    U of I hosting 2022 NCAA Tennis Championships

    The NCAA Championships will take place at Illinois from May 19-28, with the team championship taking place on May 19-22 and individual bracket play taking place May 23-28.

  • U of I's Formula SAE race car cruises down the track

    Illini Motorsports: National Champions!

    For the first time in its Formula SAE 40-year history, U of I's team won both competitions that comprised the 2022 Formula SAE National Collegiate series, finishing as the national champions with a nearly clean sweep of first-place trophies.

  • Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Getty

    Scientists found a way to predict your death by how you walk

    Yahoo News (Oct. 21) The test is 'a very good external measure of what’s going on internally,' and could easily be replicated using the accelerometer in a wrist sensor or a smartphone, says Professor Bruce Schatz, a leader of the U of I study.

  • graphic by Laura Baker/Education Week and iStock/Getty

    How bad is the teacher shortage? What two new studies say

    Education Week (Sept. 6) Three researchers, including U of I's Paul Bruno, spent years crunching data. Thier estimate: more than 36,500 teacher vacancies nationally, and more than 163,500 positions filled by teachers who aren’t fully certified.

  • stylized graphic uses images of Hall of Fame inductees

    Fighting Illini Hall of Fame Class of 2022 induction set for Sept. 23

    Illinois Athletics will formally induct 15 new members to the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 on Friday, Sept. 23, 6 PM at State Farm Center. The ceremony is open to all and admission is free. Posters will be available to the first 500 fans.  

  • Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket

    Illini Baseball kicks off Big Ten Tournament against Michigan Thursday

    The  Illinois travel to Omaha, Nebraska, for the 2022 Big Ten Baseball Tournament at Charles Schwab Field. Illinois is making its 24th Big Ten Tournament appearance and looks for its fifth tournament title (1989, 1990, 2000, 2011).

  • graphic shows profile image of Chase Brown with text, 'Chase Brown: Chasing History

    Chase Brown: Chasing History

    The nation's leading rusher is Illini Chase Brown. He's the first Illini to rush for 100+ yards in the first seven games of a season, leads the nation in all-purpose yards, yards gained after contact, and rushes of 10+ yards. This website is all about him.

  • sophomore forward Dane Dainja drives against a defender

    Men's Basketball: Illini face UCLA Friday in Las Vegas

    No. 19 Illinois faces No. 8 UCLA on Friday night, marking the 21st game against a top-10 team under head coach Brad Underwood. The Illini set a single-season school record in 2020-21 with six wins over top-10 opponents. 

  • signage with map of Chicago State University, one of the schools that could benefit from the state's revised funding plan.

    State of Illinois crafting new, equity-based higher education funding formula

    Crain’s Chicago Business (May 12) Dollars could shift from the flagship U of I system to other state schools which enroll fewer people, but have higher percentages of minority and low-income students.

  • image of Sheila Johnson beside graphic announcing her role in the Title IX Summit planned for this summer.

    Alum Sheila Johnson, co-founder of BET, to keynote Title IX summit

    'Sheila has been a pioneer in every sense of the word, breaking new ground throughout the course of her life in education, media, business, and sports,' said DIA Director Josh Whitman. 'Sheila has always been a proud Illini...'

  • College of Law building at Illinois. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

    U of I gets grant to start First Amendment clinic

    Crain’s Chicago Business (Aug. 1) U of I's College of Law is establishing a First Amendment clinic to take on freedom-of-expression cases and train lawyers in the subject. Dean Vik Amar says the college already has about a half dozen clinics on other themes.

  • Nick Holonyak, Jr. in 2002 with LED. (Tom Roberts/The News-Gazette/Associated Press)

    Washington Post obituary for legendary U of I professor Nick Holonyak Jr.

    Nick Holonyak Jr., whose development of the first practical visible-spectrum light-emitting diode(LED) was a breakthrough with countless applications, including lightbulbs, cellphones, TVs and microscopic surgical equipment, died Sept. 18.

  • wrestler Lucas Byrd works out with 75 pound dumbbells

    Wrestler Lucas Byrd selected to NWCA All-Star Classic

    Illinois wrestler Lucas Byrd has been selected to wrestle in the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic on November 22 in Austin, Texas. 'This group is the elite of the elite in college wrestling,' said Illini head coach Mike Poeta. 

  • Why businesses are still furiously hiring even as a downturn looms

    Yahoo Finance (Sept. 5) The demand side of the jobs market has not changed much by the pandemic, but the supply side was more radically altered according to a recent study by U of I professor Eliza Forsythe and three co-authors. 

  • Bo Zhang, a professor of labor and employment relations and of psychology at Illinois.  Photo by Fred Zwicky

    Paper: Neurotic personality trait a key risk factor for stress perception

    While all of the 'Big Five' personality traits – agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, neuroticism and openness – are related to experiencing stress, neuroticism showed the strongest link

  • promotional photo of Kayla Burbage wearing an Illini uniform

    Kayla Burbage joins Illini Volleyball for Fall 2022

    A 6-4 opposite/outside hitter from Clayton, N.C., Burbage transferred to Illinois following a year at the University of Missouri, where she started 24 of their 28 matches as a Freshman and led the team in blocks.

  • Chicago Tribune photo of the Chicago skyline

    New census figures: Illinois’ population actually gained. Experts say warning signs remain

    Chicago Tribune (May 23) Follow-up survey shows Illinois’ population was likely undercounted in 2020 census that cost it a congressional seat. 'Our problem is we are not growing as fast as places like Florida and Texas,' says U of I's Cynthia Buckley.

  • Design rendering of the JJK FAN campus in East St. Louis, Illinois. (Courtesy Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects)

    U of I, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation creating East St. Louis ag & nutrition center

    The space will include indoor, outdoor ag demonstration sites along with space for engagement with hands-on training and certification programs related to growing food, ag innovation, as well as space for athletics and physical training.

  • Logo for ReliaQuest Bowl

    Illini Football accepts invitation to 2023 ReliaQuest Bowl

    The Illinois football team has accepted an invitation to play in the 2023 ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa, Florida. Illinois will play Mississippi State at Raymond James Stadium on Monday, Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN2.  

  • side-by-side images of Pulitzer medal and alumnus Eli Murray. Composite image by Holly Rushakoff

    Alumnus Eli Murray wins Pulitzer Prize with ‘Tampa Bay Times’ team

    Murray, and his colleagues won for their series 'Poisoned,' an exposé of highly toxic hazards inside Florida’s only battery recycling plant that forced the implementation of safety measures to protect workers and nearby residents.

  • The rise in book bans, explained

    The Washington Post (June 9): “Book banning” has become a catchall phrase, says Emily Knox, who teaches library science at the U. of I. and is the author of “Book Banning in 21st-Century America.”

  • happy Illini football players along the sidelines in Madison

    Illini overpower Wisconsin for Big Ten West road win

    Illinois picked up its first Big Ten win of the season on Saturday, taking down Wisconsin, 34-10, in Madison for the first time since 2002. The Illini scored 17 points on three takeaways to move to 1-1 in conference play and 4-1 overall.

  • Yu-Chieh Chiu launches a paper airplane. Photos by Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

    Yu-Chieh Chiu: Clear for take off

    How the joy of paper planes led graduate student, Yu-Chieh Chiu, to compete on the world stage at the Red Bull Paper Wings World Championships in Austria, and find community at Grainger Engineering

  • fans watch a movie from the field at Memorial Stadium at a past FamILLy Night

    FamILLy Day at Memorial Stadium Set for Aug. 14

    You'll get a first look at the Fighting Illini football, soccer, and volleyball teams by interacting with student-athletes on the field. That's followed by a movie night (free admission) where the first 500 fans will receive a free Illini popcorn bucket.

  • Petros Kyprianou photo on graphic announcing his hiring

    Kyprianou named director of Illinois Track & Field, Cross Country

    Petros Kyprianou was a three-time U.S. Track & Field Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. In six seasons as head coach at the University of Georgia, he led the Bulldogs to a pair of NCAA titles and a total of 16 top-ten NCAA finishes.

  • steam clouds the view of the ancient works inside one of Illinois' steam tunnels

    Spooky Spaces at U of I: The steam tunnels

    You can't go inside them - they're dangerous and you'd be arrested - but the steam tunnels under the campus serve important functions. Plus, the old brick tunnelways produce weird noises that complete their creepy image.

  • close-up of players' hands raised in a team huddle

    Illini Baseball set to play Bradley in Peoria tonight

    The Illinois baseball team travels to Bradley for a midweek night game against the Braves. Illinois (20-17, 11-4) is coming off their first B1G series loss of the season against Maryland.

  • 16 Illinois students, recent graduates offered Fulbright grants

    Sixteen Illinois students and recent graduates were offered Fulbright grants to pursue international education, research and teaching experiences around the globe. Another six students were named Fulbright alternates.

  • Dean James Anderson poses with State Senator and UI alumna Cristina Pacione-Zayas in the Capitol Building

    Illinois State Legislature honors Dean James D. Anderson

    Legislators recognized a giant within the field of education last week ahead of his approaching retirement. College of Education Dean James D. Anderson was presented with a proclamation honoring his invaluable contributions to the state.

  • Fans tailgate before an Illini Softball game

    World's largest softball tailgate returns Saturday

    With a goal of filling every seat at Eichelberger Field, tailgating begins at 11:00 a.m. with inflatables, balloon artists, face painting, food trucks, and more. Fans are encouraged to stay to watch their Fighting Illini take on Penn State.

  • The exterior of the museum in Skokie recalls a concentration camp. Credit...Sally Ryan for The New York Times

    Study: Holocaust Museum motivates visitors to create social change

    New research finds that people who visited the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center were inspired to take action for human rights, such as standing up to bullying or joining social justice groups

  • Graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees named

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has announced 9,193 Dean’s List students, 261 Bronze Tablet honorees and approaching 10,000 graduates for the 2022 spring semester. 

  • graphic promoting the B1G tailgate show on October 15

    BTN's Tailgate show airs live from Memorial Stadium on Saturday

    The set will be located in the southeast corner of Lot 31 (across the street from Grange Grove). Illini fans can make signs onsite or bring their own to show live on B1G Tailgate before Illinois hosts Minnesota in its 112th Homecoming game.

  • Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos. (Photos by Al Drago/Bloomberg; Mark Lenin/AP; Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

    How a billionaires boys’ club came to dominate the public square

    Washington Post (May 1) 'Even if Elon Musk was the smartest person on earth, had the best heart, had been touched by God, I wouldn’t want him to have that much power,' said U of I professor Robert McChesney. 'It's antithetical to democratic political theory.'

  • A drought stricken paddock in Boise City, Oklahoma, on August 1, 2013.  Photograph by Ashley Gilbertson/VII/Redux; digitally altered by Rolling Stone

    Planet Hunger: Inside the global food crisis

    Rolling Stone (June 19) Study says crop production today 21% lower than without climate change; alarming declines may begin as early as 2040. 'The largest single global change that threatens food security is high temperature,' says Professor Don Ort.