University of Illinois rabbi hosts talk between former NBA player Meyers Leonard, Jewish community after Leonard used antisemitic slur last year

By Jonathan Fernandez Medill Reports Former NBA and Illini basketball player Meyers Leonard visited his alma mater Jan. 17 for what was supposed to be a 30-minute conversation with the student Jewish community this winter.  Instead, the conversation lasted for about two hours, hosted by Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel, the director of the Chabad Jewish Center […]

Big Ten Media Days continues with Urban Meyer and Lovie Smith

Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer

By Nick Mantas Medill Reports Day 2 of Big Ten Media Days featured coaches with different realistic goals. Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer is searching for another national title while Illinois Head Coach Lovie Smith is looking to win a single game in the Big Ten conference this year. Our reporters weighed on on […]

ESL programs in Illinois prisons limited by lack of data, bureaucratic delays

Students and peer instructors

By Dean DeChiaro and Phoebe Tollefson Ten years after bilingual education programs were discontinued in Illinois prisons, the Department of Corrections has initiated a new pilot aimed at meeting the needs of non-English speaking inmates. Meanwhile, red tape has put classes at the state’s only other bilingual prison education program on hold, worsening the daily […]