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

The Daily Illini police botter for April 12

By The Daily Illini Staff Report April 13, 2021

Champaign Trespass to land was reported on the 00 block of Tulip Tree Drive around 9 p.m. on Tuesday. According to the report, an unknown suspect kicked in the back door of a residence while the residents...

A Champaign County ballot drop box sits outside the Illini Union on Oct. 4. Champaign County voters now have access to more ballot drop boxes after Gov. J.B. Pritzker passed House Bill 1871 to fund their installation.

New law expands voter access, increases ballot drop-off boxes

By Alex Chang, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

Voters in Champaign County now have more access to ballot drop-off locations thanks to the passage of a new state law funding installations of new boxes. House Bill 1871, signed into law by Gov. J.B....

Siam Terrace sits quietly at 212 W Main Street in Urbana on Nov. 11. The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity just extended the deadline to apply for a small business grant in Urbana.

Grant program for Urbana small businesses extended

By Amrita Bhattacharyya and Sophie Casaburi April 12, 2021

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has extended the deadline for applications for small business grants in Urbana under the CURES-ES program until May 28. CURES is a COVID-19...

Students study for finals on the second floor of Grainger Library on May 6, 2019. The Champaign-Urbana community celebrates National Library Week with increased activities and events.

CU community celebrates National Library Week

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, News Editor April 8, 2021

Local libraries in Champaign-Urbana are celebrating National Library Week through special events and increased activities. First sponsored by the American Library Association in 1958, National Library...

A little boy walks across North Walnut Street at the #StopAsianHate rally on Tuesday. The Champaign-Urbana community recently gathered in downtown Champaign to protest against the increase in hate crimes against Asians.

CU community rallies to #StopAsianHate

By Vivian La, Assistant Daytime Editor April 5, 2021

Angered by the recent rise in Asian violence across the country, the Champaign-Urbana community gathered in downtown Champaign last Tuesday to rally against racism and hate. Dozens of people — ranging...

The booth that Lesley Nava and Anthony Erlinger, Pandemic Health Navigators, set up at Rantoul Foods on March 31 is pictured above. The goal was to inform immigrant workers about the COVID-19 vaccine and dispel myths.

Activist groups receive grants for COVID-19 outreach education

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, News Editor April 5, 2021

Two Champaign County organizations have received grants for conducting COVID-19 outreach and education to vulnerable communities. The Illinois Public Health Association awarded Pandemic Health Navigator...

Jose Hernandez spits into his saliva sample tube in order to detect if he has COVID-19 on Feb. 1.  The University of Illinois has been working on upgrading the saliva test to include family members.

Saliva testing offered for local schools, families of University community

By Alex Chang, Staff Writer April 5, 2021

The University has announced the offering of saliva-based COVID-19 testing to families of the University and schools in the C-U area under the new SHIELD CU program, expanding testing beyond just the University. Originally,...


Julie Pryde speaks to the community during a briefing with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department on Monday. Pryde gave an update on how the vaccination process is going in the Champaign-Urbana area.

CUPHD gives update on vaccination progress in Champaign County

By George Phelan, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

At the end of March, following the first anniversary of the beginning of pandemic lockdowns, the status of COVID-19 vaccinations is progressing steadily in Champaign County. At their most recent press...

City of Champaign to enforce no parking on Green Street center lane

City of Champaign to enforce no parking on Green Street center lane

By George Phelan, Staff Writer March 29, 2021

A little over a month ago, temporary barricades appeared along the center lane of Green Street, in an effort to end the increase in illegal parking in Champaign. Now, public officials indicate that more...

A COVID-19 vaccination worker checks in a patient at the Church of the Living God on Feb. 20. Two University students are organizing a pop-up vaccination clinic to serve impoverished community members.

Local community activists organize COVID-19 pop-up vaccine clinic

By Royal Shrestha, Staff Writer March 29, 2021

Two former University students are helping to organize an ongoing pop-up vaccine clinic as part of the cooperation between Walgreens and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department. Many Champaign-Urbana...

UI launches community-based ‘SHIELD CU’ COVID-19 testing program

By Alex Chang, Contributing Writer March 23, 2021

In a massive step for combating COVID-19 in the Champaign-Urbana community, OSF HealthCare and the University has announced a new COVID-19 testing program, SHIELD CU. Under this program, the University...

Illinois abolishes money bail after activist push

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer March 11, 2021

Illinois has become the first state in the nation to abolish the money bond after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Feb. 22. The reforms came after concerted efforts from activist organizations in...

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