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Chalk it up to fickleness, finickiness or just plain indecision. It wasn’t until 1894, more than a quarter century after its founding, that the University of Illinois selected orange and blue as its official...

Bookworm: Sandy Koropp

It’s true that Prairie Path Books, a Wheaton, Ill., bookstore, was named one of the nation’s top small businesses when it received a Blue Ribbon as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dream...

Edmund Jane James

A president apart

Edmund Janes James arrived in Urbana in the fall of 1904 with a vision—to transform the nascent land-grant college in the heart of the Illinois prairie into a university on par with such lauded...

Learning and labor

The University of Illinois’ history is reflected in our nation’s history. Founded in 1867 as Illinois Industrial University, it traces its origins back before statehood. In 1787, Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance, which established...