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University astronomers celebrate total solar eclipse

University astronomers celebrate total solar eclipse

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
August 19, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, State

Tens of thousands of people are expected to crowd to southern Illinois on Aug. 21 to witness the total solar eclipse, a small time period in which the moon covers the sun and day seems to suddenly turn to night for a few minutes.  Among the large crowd will be astronomers with the University’s Department...

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival highlights local options

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival highlights local options

Taylor Wegner, Staff writer
August 17, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

The 43rd iteration of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is taking place this year from Friday, Aug. 25 to Saturday, Aug. 26. The festival, held annually in downtown Urbana, celebrates the area’s vibrant community culture by highlighting local vendors, chefs, artists of all sorts, and of course, corn—al...

Campustown comes alive again with sidewalk sales

Campustown comes alive again with sidewalk sales

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
August 16, 2017
Filed under Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

Each Thursday this past summer Campustown has seemed a bit more lively as local businesses participated in the Champaign Center Partnership's 13 Thursdays, an event in which shops offer deals to target those who normally avoid campus. The goal is for C-U residents to support local businesses and realize "it...

Performance of Vagina Monologues to benefit Courage Connection

Performance of Vagina Monologues to benefit Courage Connection

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
August 11, 2017
Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

In an effort to bring both awareness and funds to Courage Connection - an Urbana-based domestic violence shelter - is a one time performance of the Vagina Monologues on Aug. 25 at the Virginia Theatre. Organizers Molly McLay and January Boten wanted to bring Eve Ensler’s 1995 play to the communit...

Finding fun in August at Allerton Park

Finding fun in August at Allerton Park

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
August 8, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, Top Stories

University of Illinois’ Robert Allerton Park is set to hold a variety of events, such as the Prairie Sky Music Festival, for the remainder of August. Located in Monticello, Allerton Park is a 1,517-acre park located about 27 miles from the Illini Union on the Sangamon River. Upcoming events...

Young Dems hosting Women in Politics Panel

Young Dems hosting Women in Politics Panel

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
August 7, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, State, Top Stories

The Champaign County Young Democrats are hosting a Women in Politics Panel featuring several elected officials at the Champaign Public Library on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. State Rep. Carol Ammons, State's Attorney Julia Rietz, former State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson and Former Champaign County...

Celebrating the 8th annual CU Pride Fest

Celebrating the 8th annual CU Pride Fest

Wren Wheeling, Staff Writer
August 4, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, Top Stories

The 8th annual CU Pride Fest, hosted by the Uniting Pride Center, or UP Center, is set for September 15 to 17. According to Josh Laskowski, who has been the CU Pride and Parade Chair for three years, 2016 was the best Pride yet. “We had more community support than ever before, more sponsors, ...

Urbana First Fridays celebrates full year of festivals

Urbana First Fridays celebrates full year of festivals

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
August 3, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, Top Stories

Urbana's First Fridays is back again with the theme of "EmpowerMonth." Located downtown Urbana this Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., is the city's 12th installment of the free series, hosted by Imbibe Urbana. "We learned so much about the community and what people like to do in different seasons and how...

Pie Run lets you have your pie and eat it too

Pie Run lets you have your pie and eat it too

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
July 31, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

Prepare yourself for the Taste of Champaign by running 3.14 miles and by dodging flying pies along the way. The Champaign Park District is hosting the Pie Run 2017 on Saturday, August 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. at West Side Park. The run - which starts and ends at the food festival - has both water and...

Comic Con returns to Urbana for second year

Comic Con returns to Urbana for second year

Wren Wheeling, Staff Writer
July 28, 2017
Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

On Saturday, August 5, the Urbana Free Library is hosting its second annual Comic Con from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comic Con - sponsored by Illini Media and Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss -  is open to people from all fandoms. Participants are encouraged to arrive in cosplay, but it is n...

The Script to perform at the State Farm Center

The Script to perform at the State Farm Center

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

While on tour for their new album, Irish rock band The Script is making a stop at the State Farm Center on Saturday, Oct. 7. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show go on sale Friday, July 28 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased on the State Farm Center's website, in person at the west lobby of the Center, or ...

Governor appoints new trustee, first local representative in years

Governor appoints new trustee, first local representative in years

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
July 21, 2017
Filed under Administration, Champaign-Urbana, News, Showcase, Top Stories

Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed a new member to the Board of Trustees on Friday, the first local representative in over a decade. Stuart King, an alumnus and past University employee, lives in Champaign and is a practicing physician at the Christie Clinic. King has a long history with the University,...

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