For the Birds Radio Program: Make the Belted Kingfisher the official mascot of the University of Illinois

Original Air Date: Nov. 30, 2022

Laura attended the University of Illinois from 1969-1971, when their mascot was the offensive and stereotypical “Chief Illiniwek.” Due to pressure from students, alumni, staff, and the community, the U. of I. got rid of that mascot in 2008, but haven’t replaced it with anything. A wonderful student, and now alumnus, named Spencer Halsey spearheaded a campaign to name a real-life blue-and-orange local bird, the Belted Kingfisher, the new official mascot. This is a splendid idea that deserves support.

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