Author Archives: David Prochaska

Announcement My Brooklyn

Kelly Anderson’s My Brooklyn will be shown on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:00pm at the Champaign Public Library, and on Thursday, February 18 at 7:30pm on campus in Plym Auditorium, Temple Buell Hall. The director will attend both viewings, and … Continue reading

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Illinois Budget Stalemate: A Third Way

Dear Mike and Bruce, Nice going guys. Illinois has been without a budget since the second half of 2015. The longest in state history. And the longer it goes on, the more it will cost to fix. That’s because with … Continue reading

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UI Faculty Background Checks and Civil Liberties Post-9/11

Required background checks for jobs may be widespread, and spreading wider after 9/11, in the private sector and also in the public sector. But that is not, ipso facto, cause for them to be expanded at UI. The UI Board … Continue reading

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Steven Salaita Updates

BOOK TALK AND DISCUSSION WITH STEVEN SALAITA AND ROBERT WARRIOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13 AT 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, URBANA-CHAMPAIGN INDEPENDENT MEDIA CENTER In the summer of 2014, American Indian studies scholar Steven Salaita’s appointment to a tenured professorship was … Continue reading

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Planned Parenthood Statement on Politically-Motivated Attacks

In response to discredited accusations leveled against Planned Parenthood, Carole Brite, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, comments, “We will not be stopped or silenced by the politically-motivated attacks on Planned Parenthood and the patients who depend on us. … Continue reading

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University at War with Itself

[T]he chancellor who hired the professor, then fired the professor by claiming he had never been hired in the first place; who resigned in the wake of an ethics scandal over her use of a personal email account (and destruction … Continue reading

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The Salaita Saga Continues

In the first six months of 2015 the Steven Salaita drama has played out in a number of acts, or scenes, culminating in the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) formally censuring Illinois in June. Matt Finkin talks about how … Continue reading

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Our Sorry State

Welcome to Illinois: where the Republicans are extremists, and the Democrats are DINOs (Democrats In Name Only). In the current state budget that runs until June, Governor Bruce Rauner faced a $1.6 billion hole– a hole that would not exist … Continue reading

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Winning and Losing: The Salaita Affair & A Proposed UIUC/Carle Medical School

UIUC Chancellor Phyllis Wise has soiled herself, and the university’s reputation, by how she and her administration have handled the hiring and summary dismissal of Prof. Steven Salaita. Up until at least the evening of July 22, 2014 Chancellor Wise … Continue reading

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The Common Man Party’s Uncommon Victory

India Watcher earned a Ph.D. at UIUC       In a major upset, the two-year old Aam Aadmi Party (AAP, Common Man’s Party) won the elections to Delhi’s state legislature on February 10, 2015, winning 67 seats out of … Continue reading

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