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View of the front of the YMCA building

University YMCA

What really lasts for 150 years? If the 1873 attendees of Illinois Industrial University visited the U of I campus today, what would they recognize? Perhaps they’d identify some of

2023 Hall of Fame

  George Kerr, Men’s Track & Field, 1958–60 Kerr won back-to-back NCAA Championships in 1959 and 1960 in the 800-meter and was a seven-time Big Ten champion in middle distances

The Student newspaper cover from 1871

Read All About It

The Daily Illini was founded in 1871 by the University’s first senior class, as an eight-page literary journal called The Student. Chock full of undergraduate essays on topics such as

Newspaper headline clippings

Famous Front Pages

The Big Game, 1924 There he was, front and center, above the fold: Harold “Red” Grange, ready to take on the Michigan football team. The occasion was the dedication of

Daily Illini Newspaper covers

Training Ground

  The Daily Illini was the first student newspaper to become a member of the Associated Press and, for much of the 20th century, was regarded as the best college