URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois says it accepted more students this year in an effort to have more in-state freshmen. The News-Gazette reports that the state’s flagship campus in Champaign-Urbana accepted 22,267 applicants for the fall. That’s more than the 20,040 who were accepted last year. Spokeswoman Robin Kaler says a “substantial” portion of the 11 percent increase was Illinois residents. About 71 percent of this year’s freshman class is from Illinois. That’s down from nearly 90 percent a decade ago. Kaler says the school would like to see an increase. Meanwhile fewer students have been applying to Illinois. The school says it received 34,119 applications for the fall. That’s 4 percent less than the 35,695 applications the school received last year.