top story Photos: Remembering Jelani Day Oct 13, 2021 Oct 13, 2021 0 Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day, 25, was remembered by friends and loved ones as a "bright light." Childhood friends Jackson Mallady and Jelani Day make faces for the camera. FOR THE PANTAGRAPH Jelani Day poses with high school friends Jackson Mallady and Trent Tranchant at a formal party held during winter break in their college years. SUBMITTED PHOTO Childhood friends Jackson Mallady and Jelani Day pose together, making faces for the camera. SUBMITTED PHOTO People move east Friday along the Illinois & Michigan Canal in LaSalle before releasing balloons in memory of Jelani Day. The body of the missing Illinois State University graduate student was found in the Illinois River last month. Brendan Denison Over 100 people release white balloons Friday afternoon at the Illinois & Michigan Canal Dock in LaSalle, while yelling "Justice for Jelani." The balloon release was held in memory of the Illinois State University graduate student, who was found deceased early last month on the banks of the Illinois River in Peru. Brendan Denison Jelani Day, left, poses with his professor, Diana Blakeney-Billings, at Alabama A&M University. FOR THE PANTAGRAPH Esther Phillips-Embden, left, a professor at Alabama A&M University, poses with Jelani Day. FOR THE PANTAGRAPH Balloons released during a memorial honoring former Alabama A&M University student Jelani Day on Thursday. SUBMITTED PHOTO Jelani Day, left, posing in his white coat with a friend. SUBMITTED PHOTO Jelani Day, 25, giving a presentation to Diana Blakeney-Billings' audiology class at Alabama A&M University. FOR THE PANTAGRAPH Illinois State University students file onto the floor of Redbird Arena as the school held a Memorial for Jelani Day, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. DAVID PROEBER, THE PANTAGRAPH Illinois State University student Jazmyn Thomas read a poem to make the life of Jelani Day as ISU met on the floor of Redbird Arena during a Memorial for Jelani Day, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. DAVID PROEBER, THE PANTAGRAPH Hundreds of Illinois State University students gather outside Redbird Arena before marching onto the flood as the school held a Memorial for Jelani Day, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. DAVID PROEBER, THE PANTAGRAPH Family and friends of Illinois State University student Jelani Day filed past a poster of the graduate student as the school held a Memorial for Jelani Day on Thursday. DAVID PROEBER, THE PANTAGRAPH Jeremiah Cooley, Jelani Day, Tommy Sessions and Johnny Leverenz shared a dedication to track at Danville High School. FOR THE PANTAGRAPH Jelani Day and Emily Musgrove were recognized as "Best Personality" during their senior year at Danville High School. FOR THE PANTAGRAPH 0 Comments Tags Reissue Related to this collection Local News Watch now: Jelani Day remembered as friend, teammate, leader Updated Oct 15, 2021 9 min to read Pantagraph journalists spent last week in Danville speaking to those who knew Day, and they described him as big-hearted, hard-working and on a path to success. Local News Watch now: In Danville, an emotional goodbye to Illinois State University student Jelani Day Oct 9, 2021 “You’re not going to forget his name because I’m not going to let you,” Carmen Bolden Day said on Saturday. Local News Coverage: Jelani Day memorial service in Danville Updated Oct 15, 2021 A recap of stories, videos and photos about the memorial service for late Illinois State University student Jelani Day. State and Regional Watch now: Hometown gathers to remember ISU grad student found in Illinois River Updated Oct 15, 2021 The hundreds of people who attended Saturday's celebration of life for 25-year-old Jelani Jesse Javontae Day were a testament to how beloved the aspiring doctor and his family are in Danville. Local News Illinois State Police: DNA backlog did not delay identification of Jelani Day's body Updated Oct 15, 2021 State law enforcement officials told The Pantagraph on Sunday that DNA backlogs did not slow down confirmation of the body found in the Illinois River last month as Jelani Day. Politics Watch now: Who will Mwilambwe appoint to fill Ward 6 seat? Oct 12, 2021 Ald. Jenn Carrillo resigned two years into a four-year term because Carrillo was unable to find new housing within ward boundaries. Health Watch now: 'Too soon to tell' if COVID's worst is over, Mclean County Health Department says Updated Oct 14, 2021 Two more people have died due to COVID-related complications, the McLean County Health Department reported. Two women — one in her 70s and one in her 90s — are the latest fatalities attributed to COVID, bringing that total to 265 since last year. Local News Jelani Day investigation: Dive team found no evidence, sheriff says Updated Oct 15, 2021 Anyone with information on Jelani Day's death is asked to call 815-433-2161. Local News Jelani Day toxicology results released Oct 14, 2021 LaSalle County Coroner Rich Ploch said the office received the results Wednesday, but he declined to comment on the report’s content “due to the ongoing investigation.” Local News Day family attorney: Toxicology results 'provide no answers' Updated 21 hrs ago LaSalle County Coroner Rich Ploch has declined to comment on the report “due to the ongoing investigation." Local Education 5 questions with Dr. Shawn Hitchcock, ISU professor of organic chemistry 8 hrs ago Hitchcock has received the Dr. Henry C. McBay Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. Editorial OUR VIEW: Communication in Day case leads to sloppy speculation 4 hrs ago Clearly authorities are hampered by toxicology and other reports. They can't speculate. But it's obvious this isn't an ordinary case.