Anti-"Chief" Organization Plans Actions Around Upcoming Meeting

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees has faced increasing criticism over the past few years for their lack of democracy and action on a wide variety of issues at UI. The Board was even investigated for criminal violations of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. Yet the Board continues to refuse to decide on possibly the most visible controversy on campus: "Chief Illiniwek," the University's mascot. The "Chief" issue will be prominent at the Board's upcoming meeting on November 13th and 14th. In response to the Board's inaction, one local organization is planning two events around the Board's upcoming meeting in Champaign-Urbana on November 13th and 14th, the trustees' only meeting at the main UI campus this semester. The Progressive/Resource Action Cooperative (PRC) will be holding a public forum on the "Chief" on November 12th and its members will have strong presence at the Board's public comment session on November 14th to demand the Board eliminates the "Chief." According to Lian Alan, PRC co-coordinator, "The '"Chief" issue has somehow disappeared from the Board's agenda. With these actions, the PRC and supporters of the anti-"Chief" movement hope to put the issue back in front of the Board."


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