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  • ISG Statement on Suburban Express

    Dear Illinois students,

    On December 2nd, Suburban Express sent out a racist and bigoted message to the public insulting our Chinese, Asian, and Asian American community at the University of Illinois. Suburban Express has a long history and extensive reputation of exploiting and publicly shaming those who provide negative feedback. That reputation is unfortunately upheld at other institutions where they profit from students there as well.

    The Illinois Student Government condemns the recent statement from Suburban Express, as well as their history of mistreating our students, staff, and faculty. We further recognize the educational value that all students bring to this University. Our international students comprise some of the brightest in the world, and their contributions to our campus community are part of what makes this University so great. Additionally, we refute the implication that all Asian students are international students.

    Suburban Express insinuates that Illinois taxpayers bear a disproportionate burden when it comes to the University, however in-State students pay thousands of dollars less than our international students. International students disproportionately pay more in obtaining an education from this great State, and the lack of consideration for their sacrifices and contribution is disheartening at best, and malicious at worst.

    We would also like to take the opportunity to applaud Student Affairs for the statement they issued, which denounced their racist and bigoted statements, and encouraged “any potential future customers of this transport company to carefully investigate its record and customer concerns before using its services.”

    We have received several concerns brought up by members of the campus community, and we will continue to do everything in our power to address them. We will continue to coordinate with the administration and other campus leaders to solidify the most effective response. The Illinois Student Government will refrain from using Suburban Express’ services and call on all University RSOs to do the same.

    Here is what you can do to help. Call Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office at 1-877-581-3692, or visit if you would like to report the ad, or if you feel that you have been a victim of discrimination. We encourage all members of our campus community to make socially conscious decisions and purchases. Get involved on our ISG Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and or on a campus committee centered around culture and social justice here: Visit for more information on programming related to diversity and inclusion efforts at the University of Illinois.

    We will not tolerate the deliberate targeting and mistreatment of our international students.

    Raneem Shamseldin
    ISG President

    Joey Domanski
    ISG Vice President

  • ISG Statement on Homecoming Parade

    Dear students and members of the community,

    On October 27th, the Illinois Student Government, alongside 22 other organizations, planned a walk-along protest against the continued presence of the Chief, a racist and deeply offensive portrayal of Native Americans. We have finally debriefed with countless stakeholders to provide the most accurate representation of the truth.

    The event was planned with the intention of a walk-along protest with explicit directions not to engage.The ISG prepared for the event by communicating with the University of Illinois Administration and the Police Department and assigning a police liaison for the protesters. Over the course of the event, some protesters spontaneously engaged in a blockade of the Chancellor’s car and the Honor the Chief Society. This was outside the scope of what ISG had planned for. Below are a few clarifications we would like to address:

    • The Illinois Student Government does not condone violence. Period.
    • The Chancellor made it abundantly clear to a number of student leaders that neither he nor his wife, felt unsafe by the actions of the protesters who spontaneously blockaded the car.
    • It has been confirmed by numerous administrators that protesters did not need a permit to protest and therefore did not violate Illinois State law as has been erroneously claimed.
    • There was absolutely no intention to follow or protest the Marching Illini. The timing was completely coincidental and we apologize for the disruption this led to.
    • There was an incident where a protester and a police officer had physical contact. The officer used contact first, and the UIPD decided not to press charges against the protester.
    • The Illinois Student Government did not violate anyone’s freedom of expression, as there were individuals who counter-protested. Furthermore, we welcomed everyone’s feedback during public comment last Wednesday night. Members of the public have always been invited to share their opinions during all ISG events, which was even seen at the Illini Democrats and Illini Republicans Debate, where the role of ISG in organizing protests was discussed.
    • An unauthorized user had access to our social media and unilaterally posted a live stream of the event without permission. Since then, their access has been revoked.
    • Not one member of the Illinois Student Government committed an act of violence.

    We encourage anyone who feels that they were victims of violence during the protest to report it to the University of Illinois Police Department. Since the parade, we have debriefed with the UIPD and cooperated to the fullest extent.

    We had a full room at our general assembly meeting last Wednesday, November 1st. The public commentary resulted in a critical conversation during the meeting, and helped us create a more comprehensive response. We encourage anyone with additional feedback to share it with the Student Government. The resolution “Reaffirming Commitment to New Mascot” has been sent to committee, and we anticipate that it will be back on the Senate floor next Wednesday. We invite you to attend our next meeting Wednesday, November 8th, at 7 p.m. in the Pine Lounge of the Illini Union, where we reserve an extendable 30 minute period for members of the public who wish to speak.

    In Orange and Blue,

    Raneem Shamseldin
    Student Body President

    Joey Domanski
    Student Body Vice President

  • ISG Logo Contest

    The Illinois Student Government is looking for a new logo! A logo design contest will begin on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017. The winner of this contest will receive $250, credited to their University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student account. Participants must submit their logo design by Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 11:59:59 pm.

    1) Any specific campus locations shown in the logo must be of a place on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
    2) Any ‘Block I’ symbol in the logo must adhere to the most current rules regarding the Illinois ‘Block I’.
    3) No column I or any other variant of an ‘I’ is allowed.
    4) The logo cannot depict an animal that cannot be proven to be related to the University of Illinois.
    5) The logo cannot depict a well-known person.
    6) The logo cannot include any text other than the name of the student government.
    7) The logo cannot depict any indecent act.
    8) The logo cannot make any reference to drugs or alcohol.
    9) The logo cannot reference any previous mascot or symbol related to the University of Illinois.
    10) The logo must only include colors that are included in the Offical Illinois Brand Guidelines.

    Disclaimer: All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design. All Entries will become the sole property of Illinois Student Government, and with a submission an entrant agrees to those terms. 

    Submit your entry here

  • #ILLINOISInvitesObama

    When I walk across the graduation stage in May with all of my closest friends and classmates, my highest honor will not be getting a diploma – it has been and always will be serving as your Student Body President. Though it’s tough to beat the joy of finishing college, talking with students, running Illinois Student Government meetings, and working with University leadership mark the happiest moments of my college career. Yet, as we share a moment together to celebrate our graduation, who should be there to celebrate with us?

    I am joining other leaders on campus in an effort to bring Barack Obama to #ILLINOIS to be our 2017 commencement speaker. Join the cause by visiting Invite Obama to Illinois 2017 Commencement . There, you can sign a petition (, Tweet at President Obama using #ILLINOISInvitesObama, or write your very own letter.

    If there is anyone in America who embodies what the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign stands for, it’s Obama. A man who built his own career, fought for all of us, and a champion of the great things our generation cares about. He should be the one sharing his story with us, and helping mark the end of our time at Illinois and the beginning of our careers and futures. Help bring Obama back to Illinois. #ILLINOISInvitesObama

    View the letter I wrote to President Obama: Student Body President Lewis' Letter to President Obama
    Sign the petition:

  • Apply now for ABTS!

    The Association of Big Ten Students (ABTS) is an alliance of student governments from all Big Ten institutions. Each year, the ABTS hosts two conferences as well as a spring lobby day "Big Ten on the Hill" in Washington, D.C. Through its collaborative action, the ABTS works to advocate for over 500,000 Big Ten students.

    The 2017 Winter Conference will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio during February 3rd - 5th, 2017. The conference will consist of keynote presentations, workshops and discussions, and setting a legislative agenda for Big Ten on the Hill. All members of the Illinois Student Senate are encouraged to apply, including committee members, staff, interns, and senators. The applicants selected will act as Illinois Student Senate delegates to the ABTS for the winter conference.

    The application will close at Noon on Saturday, November 12th. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the winter conference or the ABTS in general. I look forward to reviewing your application!

    Click here to apply:

  • Sign Now! New Constitution!

    The Commission on Constitutional Reform of the Illinois Student Senate has put forth a proposed Constitution. In order for this Constitution to appear on the Fall 2016 Student Referendum, the commission must obtain the required number of signatures, which is equal to 5% of the student body. Please consider signing the petition to get the Constitution on the referendum. Note that by signing this petition you are not necessarily indicating your support for the Constitution, but you are indicating your support for it to be voted on by the entire student body. 

    The Constitution and associated Transition Document may be viewed here.
    Major changes between the proposed Constitution and the current Constitution include, but are not limited to:
    • The Student Body President and Student Body Vice President will be popularly elected by the students of the campus in the annual Spring Student Elections and Referendum.
    • The Student Senate will have the flexibility to include representative seats from constituencies other than academic colleges. This will not have any impact on representation in the Campus Senate.
    • The Student Court will be organized from scratch as a co-equal branch of the student government.
    • The Government as a whole will be better structured to provide input to campus policies and meaningful programming.


    Questions on the content of this petition or the proposed documents should be directed to the Illinois Student Senate via Spencer Haydary, Vice President Internal, at


  • GRAD, and LAS-C Vacancies

    The Illinois Student Senate still has vacant seats for GRAD, and LAS-C Senators. To apply, complete the form here. Your application will be reviewed by the Illinois Student Senate Committee on Internal Affairs. Afterwards, you will be notified of the status of your application and selection.

    Eligibility Requirements

    GRAD Vacancy

    You must be a graduate student to fill the GRAD seat vacancies, and you may be appointed to both the Illinois Student Senate as well as the Urbana-Champaign Campus Senate.

    LAS-C Vacancy

    You must be majoring in one of the following to be eligible to apply for the LAS-C vacancy:

    Actuarial Science
    Chemical Engineering
    Chem Curric (Specialized)
    Chemistry—Teacher Education
    Combined Science & Letters/Education
    Program Math—Teacher Educ.
    Computer Science—Teacher Education
    Earth Science—Teacher Education
    Geology Curriculum (Specialized)
    Mathematics—Teacher Education
    Math and Computer Science
    Physics—Teacher Education
    Physics Curriculum (Specialized)
    Statistics, and/or
    Statistics and Computer Science

  • Welcome to our new Website!

    Welcome to our new Website! After much work, it has finally arrived. Here you can learn more about the organization and structure of the Illinois Student Senate, review our documents (including budgets, governing documents, resolutions, and more), meet your elected Senators, and learn more about getting involved.

    If you have any questions, feel free to use the "Contact Us" feature, located at the top right of your screen. One of our staff will respond to your question within 24 hours.

    Happy browsing!