Rumors run amok amid police silence in Jelani Day investigation

PERU — The LaSalle County coroner on Tuesday tried to push back on what he called false information circulating about Jelani Day’s death—rumors that have had plenty of room to spread in the absence of almost any information being released by authorities. Listen to this story here. In an interview with WGLT, coroner Rich […]

Illinois State grad student Jelani Day celebrated at hometown service

DANVILLE – Hundreds filled Danville High School’s auditorium on Saturday, October 9, to celebrate the life of Jelani Day. The 25-year-old was reported missing in late August. At the time, he was pursuing a graduate degree in speech pathology at Illinois State University. Speakers celebrated Day’s dream of becoming a doctor. And how he pursued […]

Jelani Day art removal brings strong emotions to Normal Council chambers

NORMAL – A group of emotional public commenters chastised the Normal Town Council during its regular meeting Monday — as well as during an outdoor rally preceding that meeting — about the town’s controversial removal of an artwork honoring Jelani Day, an ISU graduate student whose death police continue to investigate. “The taking down of a […]

Jelani Day Painted Tribute Removed In Uptown Normal; Other Location Sought

NORMAL — A painting of deceased Illinois State University student Jelani Day appeared – and then was removed – from the Uptown Normal mural site in the past day, with plans to find it another home. The painted poster appeared just to the northwest of the mural, sometime overnight Monday into Tuesday. It was a […]

Coroner: Body Found In LaSalle County Is Jelani Day

LASALLE COUNTY – Authorities said Thursday that the body found three weeks ago near Peru, Ill., was missing Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day of Bloomington. Day, 25, had been missing since Aug. 24, after last being spotted that morning at ISU and at a store in Bloomington. His car was found two days […]

Illinois Police Seeking Tips On Missing ISU Graduate Student

BLOOMINGTON — Police investigating the disappearance of an Illinois State University graduate student are asking the public for tips as the search for the young man continues nearly a month after he vanished. Twenty-five-year-old Jelani Day was last seen Aug. 24. His family from Danville and a faculty member reported him missing after he did […]

ISU Grad Student Missing Under ‘Unexplained Suspicious Circumstances’

Authorities are looking for the public’s help locating an Illinois State University graduate student who went missing this week under “unexplained suspicious circumstances.” Jelani Day, 25, was last seen Tuesday morning on a security camera at ISU’s Bone Student Center. He was reported missing Wednesday by his family. His vehicle was found Thursday concealed in […]