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Mayor issues order to reign in campus bars

A sea of green fills the line at KAM's during Unofficial on March 6, 2020.

By Luis Velazquez, Assistant News Editor

July 2, 2020

Due to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen of Champaign, IL issued the Emergency Order 20-21 that will go into effect on July 2 after 5 p.m. Emergency Order 20-21 allows local enforcement of Phase 4 guidelines with limits and social distancing requirements for bars and restaurants.  The order requires any liquor-licensed establishments to follow the COVID-19 2020 Restaurant and Bar Establishment Safety Guidelines for Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.  Any liquor establishments, with combined indoor and outdoor standing areas, in Champaign’s Campustown area who have 200 or more people will receive enforcement actions. Actions include emergency closures, fines, suspensions or revocation of the establishment’s liquor license, as stated in the order. Starting on July 3, the order requires Campust...

Students respond to Fall 2020 semester plans with mixed feelings

The main quad remains relatively barren at 1:48 p.m. on April 3 as many students have left campus due to the coronavirus.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

July 2, 2020

The University livestreamed a COVID-19 briefing on June 24 on University life, in which subject experts talked about what the student experience will look like this fall.  The University Life Briefing is the fourth video in a series of livestreams by the University in an attempt to answer common...

Students, community members protest The Red Lion, KAM’s

Students wait to enter Red Lion on March 1, 2019 during Unofficial.

By Salem Isaf, Interim Editor-in-Chief

June 28, 2020

On Thursday evening, June 25, protesters gathered in the intersection of South Third and East Green streets just outside the campus bar, The Red Lion. This group of people met to protest two campus bars, The Red Lion and KAM's, both owned by Scott Cochrane, for what protesters called racist business practice...

Students respond to recent campus shootings

Lieutenant Joseph McCullough investigates a traffic violation on Friday, Sep. 23 2016.

By Grace Maloney, Staff Writer

June 23, 2020

On Sunday, June 14, students received an Illini-Alert at 12:51 a.m. stating there had been a shooting at Third and John Street, warning to avoid the area. At 1:23 a.m., a second Illini-Alert informed that the police have one suspect in custody. Finally, the all-clear for the area came at 3:18 a.m. and ...

CU libraries scheduled to open buildings Friday

Stacks and shelves of books line the edges of a narrow corridor.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

June 23, 2020

The Urbana Free Library and Champaign Public Library are scheduled to open their buildings Friday as Illinois moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. The Urbana library will start a “Grab and Go” meaning that patrons should enter the building, get what they need and go in order to minimize...

Call for University to defund local police departments gains attention

Call for University to defund local police departments gains attention

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

June 17, 2020

Due to the increased support for the Black Lives Matter movement and push for police reforms, the Champaign-Urbana community has demanded that the University divest from local police. There is currently a petition and an open letter addressed to the University to support the defunding initiatives. “We've noticed a lot of massive organizations — University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools and a couple of others — are also beginning to address this journey of defunding the police,” said Madlen Anderson, junior in FAA as well as the creator of the petition. ...

Demonstrators protest reinstatement of Urbana Police Department chief, make demands

Drake Materre speaks to demonstrators  on Tuesday during a protest sparked by the reinstatement of the Urbana Police Chief Bryant Seraphin.

By Salem Isaf and Amrita Bhattacharyya

June 16, 2020

Around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, protesters gathered in front of the Urbana Police Station before beginning a march through Champaign-Urbana about 45 minutes later.  The main group that led this protest is an emerging organization, Champaign County Anti-Racist Coalition, or CCARC. The organizer of thi...

Racial profiling controversy at bars stirs backlash

Students wait to enter Red Lion on March 1, 2019 during Unofficial.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

June 15, 2020

A conversation about racial profiling in the Champaign-Urbana community arose when Taliah Ray, senior in LAS, decided to speak out about her experience at Red Lion on social media. Various other individuals had come out to sympathize with her as they had similar experiences at The Red Lion and KAM's...

Champaign Police Department investigates two overnight shootings

Lieutenant Joseph McCullough investigates a traffic violation on Friday, Sep. 23 2016.

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

June 14, 2020

On Sunday, the Champaign Police Department responded to a reported shooting at approximately 12:29 a.m., according to the City of Champaign press release. On the scene, the 300 block of East Daniel Street, the CPD provided medical attention to a 24-year-old male who had suffered a gunshot wound to the lower bo...

Parkland College announces fall plans

Parkland Community College is located at 2400 West Bradley Ave. The college announced a potential hybrid plan Tuesday for its fall semester that would have students attend classes partially online and partially on-campus.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

June 9, 2020

Parkland College announced Tuesday afternoon that its fall instruction is subject to change depending on the district's progression into Phase Four of Restore Illinois. However, as of right now students can expect a hybrid online, on-campus semester. Phase Four of Restore Illinois would allow for gatherings of 50 people or f...

University Archives creates COVID-19 documentation project

The University of Illinois quad sits empty during what would have been Mom's Weekend in early April.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

June 3, 2020

As COVID-19 disrupts normalcy across the nation, the University Archives aims to document the experience of people as their lives are altered by the pandemic.  The University Archives has created a project in which the University community can send submissions that reflect their experience with the ...

Peaceful protesters march through Urbana, Champaign

Protesters march down Green St. in Champaign, IL on Monday following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25.

By Salem Isaf, Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting, and Zainab Qureshi, Longform Editor

June 1, 2020

Protesters met at the Champaign County Courthouse around 3 p.m. Monday to participate in a peaceful protest throughout the Champaign-Urbana community.  Leaders of the protest gave a few speeches before the protesters began to march north down Broadway Avenue around 3:05 p.m. chanting “No justi...

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