The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Rakesh Handa is the owner of the local Indian store, Annapoorna, located on Neil Street. Handa became the owner in 2005 after moving from New Delhi.

The grocery store that is second to naan

By Fiza Dahra, Staff Writer October 26, 2022
Muralist Rafael Blanco paints the mural “UNR Diversity” at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2020. Blanco painted a mural in Urbana called “Dancing on Illinois” located on Illinois Street.

HOCU | Local muralist brings color to C-U

By Odeth Rubio, Contributing Writer October 26, 2022
Prima Ballerina Lauren Frost leaps above her fellow ballerinas during a ballet performance for C-U Ballet. Frost has recently made a career change in accepting a position of patrol deputy at Champaign County Sheriff’s Department.

From prima ballerina to patrol deputy

By A. Oishii Basu, Contributing Writer October 25, 2022
Rosemary Ferrara shares her history working in restaurants and the ups and downs that came with it leading up to her current position as a bartender for the Rose Bowl Tavern.

Mixing a cocktail of music, food, service

By Gwyn Skiles, Staff Writer October 25, 2022
Tamika Davis talks about the program First Followers and their goal in aiding and giving hope to those formerly incarcerated. Davis has helped in building the program since it began in 2014.

Guiding the formerly incarcerated home

By Jessie Wang, Staff Writer October 25, 2022
TJ Blakeman, president of the Champaign County History Museum, browses through archival material in the Champaign County History Museum library on Oct. 19. Blakeman, along with the rest of the board, is responsible for deciding which artifacts and objects should go on display at the museum

Sparking imagination through local history

By Kylie Corral, Buzz Editor October 25, 2022
Trevor Burke poses at the entrance of Volition’s lobby in downtown Champaign on Oct. 18. Burke works as a sound designer for the video game company.

The artist who turns fruit into fistfights

By Yuzhu Liu, Assistant Features Editor October 24, 2022
Celtic Harpist Benji Davis sits next to their harp at the Urbana Farmers Market on Oct. 15.

The harpist who strums up community in C-U

By Piotr Fedczuk, Staff Writer October 24, 2022
Kamila Glowacki plays her guitar by Oregon Street and Goodwin Avenue on April 5.  Glowacki, founder of the band Nectar and alum from the University, provides insight to her positive relationship with the C-U area, which often inspires the creation of her songs.

Local musician, artist embraces CU charm

By Sydney Wood, buzz Editor April 13, 2022