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FBI makes missing scholar case a national priority

FBI makes missing scholar case a national priority

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
June 23, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase, State

The University of Illinois Police Department confirmed today that the FBI has made the disappearance of Yingying Zhang a national priority, according to a release. FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jon Holloway said he has access to the full resources of the FBI. More agents are working o...

Foo Fighters coming to State Farm Center

Foo Fighters coming to State Farm Center

Wren Wheeling, Staff Writer
June 20, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

The Foo Fighters are making their return to Champaign with a Nov. 8 performance at the State Farm Center. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show go on sale Thursday, July 13 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Illinois Ticket Office online at www.statefarmcenter.com or over the phone at 866-ILLINI-1....

University to offer $40,000 reward in missing scholar case

University to offer $40,000 reward in missing scholar case

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
June 19, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, State, Top Stories

The University and Champaign County Crime Stoppers will announce Monday evening a $40,000 reward for those with information leading to the arrest of the person, or persons, involved with Yingying Zhang's apparent kidnapping. Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China, was reported missing on...

UIPD searching for missing visiting scholar

UIPD searching for missing visiting scholar

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
June 11, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Showcase

The University of Illinois Police Department is asking for help in their search for Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar from China. The 26-year-old woman, currently residing in Urbana, was last heard from on Friday afternoon, according to a Massmail from Police Chief Jeff Christensen. Her friends...

Urbana library purchases lot, plans to ‘beautify the city’

Urbana library purchases lot, plans to ‘beautify the city’

Wren Wheeling, Contributing Writer
June 8, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, Top Stories

Thanks to several citizen donations,  the Urbana Free Library will have a new landscaped entry built on a vacant lot at Race and Green streets in downtown Urbana. The lot was previously home to the Auler Law Office building, which was torn down in 2015. The space is now empty and provides a cle...

Virginia Theatre announces upcoming season’s lineup

Virginia Theatre announces upcoming season’s lineup

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
June 1, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Champaign-Urbana, Life & Culture, Local, Top Stories

The Champaign Park District released the upcoming lineup of movies, concerts and special events to take place at the Virginia Theatre for the 2017 to 2018 performing arts season. According to the press release sent out today, the upcoming season will include visits from blues-rockers ZZ top, act...

Champaign Chipotle locations affected by data breach

Champaign Chipotle locations affected by data breach

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
May 31, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News, Top Stories

Chipotle, a nationwide restaurant chain, reported that two of its Champaign locations were involved in a massive data breach this past March and April. The Chipotle at 903 W. Anthony Dr. was vulnerable to hackers from March 26 to April 18. The location at 528 E. Green St. was breached from March 25 ...

Caribbean Grill set to open permanent location

Caribbean Grill set to open permanent location

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
May 24, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, Top Stories

Caribbean Grill, a local food business, is set to expand from its current food truck and catering services to a permanent restaurant location, opening at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30. The brick-and-mortar restaurant is located at 2135 S Neil St. in Champaign and will be serving customers on Mondays ...

Budget crisis threatens to close Courage Connection

Budget crisis threatens to close Courage Connection

Taylor Howard, Staff Writer
May 4, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

After 45 years of providing shelter to individuals and family members facing domestic violence, Courage Connection is at risk of closing due to a loss of $350,000 of combined state and federal funding. “We’re at risk of losing a safe place for folks for whom home is not safe for the people that the...

Police Blotter for May 3

Police Blotter for May 3

Daily Illini Staff Report
May 4, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Champaign-Urbana, Crime, News

Champaign Two 20-year-old females were arrested on the account of theft at Meijer on the 2400 block of North Prospect Avenue around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. According to the report,  the two suspects each stole a cellphone accessory. A burglary was reported on the 600 block of West Church Street around 4 p....

Study finds that supportive social media reduces test-anxiety

Study finds that supportive social media reduces test-anxiety

Leon Li, Staff Writer
May 4, 2017
Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News

Using social media before an exam can be more than just a form of procrastination. Reading supportive comments, messages and “likes” prior to an exam may reduce students’ anxiety levels and improve their performance, according to a new study from the University. Conducted by Robert Deloatch, graduate stude...

Campus community bikes to work, promotes health and sustainability

Campus community bikes to work, promotes health and sustainability

The Daily Illini Staff Report
May 3, 2017
Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News

Tuesday was the annual Bike to Work (or Campus) Day at the University. CU Bike to Work Day was organized to encourage members of the community to ride their bikes to work, in order to promote a healthy and sustainable transportation choice. “The Campus Bike Plan sets the goal for increasing bicycle use...

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