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Student Ryan Reeder takes a Covid spit test on Feb. 1. Illinois is moving into phase 5 of the covid plan with everything being fully open.

Illinois transitions into Phase 5, fully reopens

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief June 11, 2021

The State of Illinois transitioned into a full reopening on Friday, eliminating all capacity limits on businesses, large-scale events and other venues.  This transition marks the final phase of the...

People play Spikeball in the Quad on April 3. Champaign parking lots have changed their hours of parking for the weekends.

City parking lots to change hours during weekends

By Da Yeon Eom, Staff Writer June 10, 2021

Beginning Friday, City parking lots at Neil and Washington streets and Walnut and Washington streets will be closed during late night and early morning hours on weekends to promote the use of City parking...

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City of Urbana installs “Curbanas”

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief June 9, 2021

The City of Urbana has installed two “Curbanas” in downtown Urbana, expanding outdoor seating arrangements for the public. Specially named for Urbana and called a parklet in other communities, Curbanas...

University students board a CUMTD bus next to Florida Avenue Residence Hall on April, 11. Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District continues their expansion project at Illinois Terminal.

CUMTD continues Illinois Terminal Expansion Project

By Da Yeon Eom, Staff Writer June 4, 2021

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is progressing its proposed Illinois Terminal Expansion Project, hoping to reduce bus congestion, improve reliability, create a safer pedestrian environment and enhance...

Construction workers repair a pipe in October 2020. The bridge on Springfield is closed and is set to be closed for months while it undergoes repairs.

Springfield Avenue closes for bridge repairs, construction to last months

By Da Yeon Eom, Staff Writer June 3, 2021

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Springfield Avenue (Illinois 10) over Copper Slough, east of Duncan Road, in Champaign closed Wednesday. The closure for repairs to the bridge...

An aerial photo of the University of Illinois's Main Quad is photographed from a drone. City facilities in Champaign will begin opening on Tuesday as part of the Bridge to Phase 5 stage of the Restore Illinois plan.

City of Champaign reopens facilities to community

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief June 1, 2021

The City of Champaign is reopening City facilities to the public beginning Tuesday as the State of Illinois transitions into the Bridge to Phase 5 stage of the Restore Illinois plan. The following City...

A University student holds a funnel attached to a Covid-19 spit test at the ARC on Feb. 1. The SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing program will expand to community members ages 8 and older.

SHIELD CU expands testing to community members ages 8 and older

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief May 28, 2021

The SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing program will be expanded to all community members ages 8 and older free at no cost beginning Tuesday.  Testing participants will download the Safer Community app, which...

With Phase 5 starting to come into play, people are still receiving their first dose of the vaccine. People who are vaccinated are encouraged to be cautious around those who are not vaccinated in small spaces.

Local businesses anticipate customer influx as Illinois moves into Bridge to Phase 5

By Payal Rathore, Staff Writer May 27, 2021

Illinois plans on working toward the fifth and final phase of the Restore Illinois reopening plan as more residents receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, many local businesses are hopeful for greater...

A man holds up a sign during the One Night event with C-U at Home. C-U at Home is temporarily closing due to staff shortage.

C-U at Home faces short-term pause

By Mona Alrazzaq, Assistant News Editor May 26, 2021

C-U at Home, a faith-based homeless shelter in the Champaign-Urbana area, recently announced a temporary halt on some services due to a staff shortage.  While there is still a reduced number of people...

People board a bus from the CUMTD. Shortage in bus operators cause a reduction in services for the weekend.

CUMTD temporarily reduces weekend services

By Aliza Majid, Assistant News Editor May 21, 2021

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District will be enforcing a temporary reduction for weekend services on Saturday due to a shortage in operators. This will result in a decreased frequency of the affected...

Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim poses for a picture. Oberheim passed away after being struck by gunfire while on-duty Wednesday.

Champaign Police Department announces processional for fallen officer

By Aliza Majid, Assistant News Editor May 20, 2021

Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim passed away after being struck by gunfire while on duty Wednesday. A processional for the late officer will take place at 1 p.m. today in commemoration of his life.  Law...

A group of students stand huddled in line outside of Joe's Brewery on Sept. 17. Effective Friday, Champaign's bars and restaurants will be able to allow customers to stand and walk around.

Champaign set to relax COVID-19 restrictions on bars, gatherings

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Interim Editor-in-Chief May 12, 2021

The City of Champaign will be relaxing some COVID-19 restrictions as the state of Illinois moves into the Bridge to Phase 5 stage of the Restore Illinois Plan on Friday. Deborah Feinen, mayor of Champaign,...

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