Non-binding vote planned on U of I’s Chief Illiniwek

Non-binding vote planned on U of I’s Chief Illiniwek

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Controversial symbol "Chief Illiniwek" of the University of Illinois performs during the half-time show of a game between Illinois and Michigan at Memorial Stadium October 16, 2004 in Champaign, Illinois. Michigan defeated Illinois 30-19. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

URBANA, Ill. -- It’s been six years since Chief Illiniwek last danced at the University of Illinois. But a student group has put an item on a campus election ballot trying to garner student support for making the American Indian mascot the official symbol of the campus.

This week’s vote is non-binding and comes in response to a student-backed contest to suggest a new mascot.

Student Josh Good helped get the Chief Illiniwek item on the ballot. He told The News-Gazette he wants to let students voice support for the chief mascot. But he also hopes to block creation of a new mascot. Chancellor Phyllis Wise says she’ll watch the results. But she says the chief mascot isn’t coming back. The university shelved the mascot under threat of NCAA sanctions.

 

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