October 1, 2010 |
Faculty leaders at the University of Illinois-Chicago are weighing whether to ask the board of trustees to reconsider its controversial decision to deny emeritus status to retired professor William Ayers. It's the latest twist in a showdown 40 years in the making between Ayers, a Vietnam War-era radical who later joined the university faculty, and Christopher Kennedy, the university's board chairman, who was 4 when his father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated. With a passionate speech last week, Kennedy voted against Ayers' appointment, saying he was guided by his conscience and could not support someone who had dedicated a book to the man who assassinated his father.
August 19, 2009 |
When cryptic posters portraying President Obama as the Joker from "The Dark Knight" began popping up around Los Angeles and other cities, the question many asked was: Who is behind the image? Was it an ultra-conservative grass-roots group or a disgruntled street artist going against the grain? Nope, it turns out, just a 20-year-old college student from Chicago. Bored during his winter school break, Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the clown makeup using Adobe's Photoshop software.
August 9, 2008 |
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time: No. 20 Illinois An informal poll conducted by Rankman found Ron Zook to be the Big Ten coach most likely to crush a beer can on his head. The man is intense . . . and he could use singing lessons. His mangling of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at a Cubs game at Wrigley Field last spring was Zook's worst performance since last January's rendering of "Take Me Out to the Rose Bowl."
December 28, 2007 |
Clusters of reporters gathered around Juice Williams and Ron Zook as the Illinois football team came off the practice field Thursday afternoon. It only makes sense that the media would want to hear from the quarterback and the coach who will lead the Fighting Illini against USC in the Rose Bowl. But off to the side, someone equally responsible for the team's success this season tried to slip quietly away.
December 17, 2007 |
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.--The Illinois coaches and players know they will be underdogs when they face USC in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. They know some fans were hoping for a different matchup. It's the same old story for a Cinderella team that went 9-3, including an upset victory over Ohio State, after winning a total of four games the previous two seasons. "We've been very comfortable with the underdog role, to say the least," center Ryan McDonald said. "We're constantly having to prove ourselves."
September 3, 2006 |
As this college town prepared for the University of Illinois football season's opener Saturday, the giddy chatter about the team's new coach and the hottest tailgate parties was overshadowed by a sense of mourning. This is probably the last year Chief Illiniwek -- the symbol of all things sports on this Big Ten campus -- will dance.