- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois officials are investigating discrimination claims by a group of black current and former university employees, including the discovery of a noose on a desk.

The seven people work or have worked in the Urbana-Champaign campus’ Facilities and Services Department. The News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1ZmGbzQ) they spoke at a Thursday evening news conference hosted by the Champaign County NAACP.

Some said they’d been denied promotions and raises and heard co-workers say they’d never have their jobs without affirmative action.

The noose found April 6 on one of their desks led the university to fire another employee. Campus interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson says investigations continue and diversity and training sessions have been scheduled.

Champaign County NAACP President Patricia Avery says she was encouraged after meeting with university officials including Wilson.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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