Chancellor Robert Jones told the campus senate Monday that he’s working to create “a coalition of the willing” to implement a university report released last month. That report suggested the school adopt a new sports mascot to replace the Chief Illiniwek portrayal that was dropped in 2007 after complaints from American Indians that it was offensive.The News-Gazette reports the campus senate voted 64-29 in favor of a resolution backing the report recommendations.Education Professor Nick Burbules sponsored the resolution and said he believes it’s past time for a new mascot. But he said the mascot selection risks causing more division.Related: University of Illinois’ student committee considers new college mascot
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