FBI offers $10K for information in ISU grad student’s death

BLOOMINGTON — The FBI is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information on the final hours of an Illinois State University graduate student who disappeared in August and was later found dead in a river. Twenty-five-year-old Jelani Day was reported missing on Aug. 25. His body was found in the Illinois River about 60 […]

Questions remain in Jelani Day’s death. Lawyer Ben Crump calls on FBI to intervene

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump is demanding that the FBI take full control over the investigation into the death of Jelani “J.J.” Day. “As we approach 100 days without any answers, we are demanding that the FBI investigate this matter as a hate crime,” Crump said at a news conference on Friday. “The family is losing confidence in […]

Jelani Day’s phone has been found

A missing piece in the Jelani Day death investigation has been found. The LaSalle County Sheriff’s department confirmed to WGLT that Day’s cell phone has been located. Sheriff Adam Diss said the phone is being sent to the FBI for “further forensic analysis.” Day, an Illinois State graduate student, was reported missing from Bloomington on […]

Supporters of Jelani Day march in Bloomington-Normal to demand answers

BLOOMINGTON — The Rev. Jesse Jackson and members of his Rainbow PUSH Coalition assembled in Bloomington on Friday to lead a second march in support of Jelani Day. The coalition organized a similar event in Peru, Ill., last month. Friday’s march began with a press conference in front of the Bloomington Police Department, where Jackson […]

Jesse Jackson leads the crowd at Jelani Day demonstration in Peru

PERU – The family of Jelani Day and their supporters — including the Rev. Jesse Jackson — gathered in Peru, Ill., on Tuesday in hopes of pressuring law enforcement investigating Day’s death. Jackson and his Rainbow PUSH Coalition were the lead organizers of Tuesday’s march. Day, an Illinois State University graduate student, was found dead in […]

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. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s402/audio/2021/10/211013rumors-run-amok-amid-police-silence-in-jelani-day-investigation.mp3 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 […]