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City of Champaign worker encourages caution when using testing kits

City of Champaign worker encourages caution when using testing kits

By Kimberly Belser, Staff Writer

December 12, 2019

Black Students for Revolution and Students for Environmental Concerns have created a GoFundMe campaign to buy indoor vapor testing kits for the Fifth and Hill community, an effort which one City of Champaign worker thinks should “follow all cautions and considerations.” Eleanor Blackmon, assistant city engineer fo...

Mental health demonstration rescheduled after cancellation

Mental health demonstration rescheduled after cancellation

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

December 10, 2019

A student-led mental health demonstration originally intended to be held on Dec. 5 was canceled after controversy over a possible violation of University policy. It has since been rescheduled by Students for Mental Health Reform for Wednesday at noon.  The demonstration has been organized as a fi...

New urban high-rises impact supply, demand

New urban high-rises impact supply, demand

By Heather Robinson, Staff Writer

December 9, 2019

A new apartment called “The Dean” is currently under construction in the center of Campustown. With a surplus of apartments already available in Champaign, student living is expected to be impacted.  According to the building permit, the estimated $50 million-valued project will be 17 stories tall...

Hygiene products drive helps local charity

Hygiene products drive helps local charity

By Kimberly Belser, Staff writer

December 9, 2019

Organizations around the University contributed their efforts to a Sanitary Products Drive, where hygiene products were collected to be donated to a local charity organization. “Join Women of Color as we make a difference by donating sanitary products to Courage Connection!” read a Twitter post by Women of...

Startup weekend inspires Midwestern student entrepreneurs

Startup weekend inspires Midwestern student entrepreneurs

By Ethan Simmons, Senior Reporter

December 9, 2019

On March 23, 2017, Mark Van den Avont, junior in Engineering, broke his spine in a gymnastics accident. It was his parents’ anniversary. The mat he landed on was not sufficient to break his fall. Seven months later, Van den Avont founded HexNest, a startup aiming to create sports mats far safer than the foam standard. “It was a nightmare ...

The Art Theater reschedules bankruptcy hearing

The Art Theater reschedules bankruptcy hearing

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

December 9, 2019

As The Art Theater officially closed in October, the legal battle will continue throughout the end of the year. Since the Art Film Foundation filed for bankruptcy in early November, the hearing was scheduled originally for Wednesday. However, it’s since been rescheduled for Dec. 19. The space for The A...

The Daily Illini police blotter for Dec. 5

The Daily Illini police blotter for Dec. 5

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

December 6, 2019

Champaign Deceptive practices was reported in the 200 block of Locust Street around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 29. According to the report, the offender wrote a check for vehicle repairs on a closed account. The victim tried multiple times for reimbursement, but they were all unsuccessful. Trespassing was reported in the 900 b...

Europa House loses ‘Certified Housing’ title

Europa House loses ‘Certified Housing’ title

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

December 5, 2019

A University Housing announcement in 2016 informed all housing facilities all their residents must purchase some sort of meal plan to live in the facilities. In lieu of the announcements, Europa House laid out their options. Units in the Europa House, located on 802 W. Oregon St., have their own kitche...

RSOs pushes to clear neighborhood contamination on Fifth, Hill

RSOs pushes to clear neighborhood contamination on Fifth, Hill

By Kimberly Belser, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

University registered student organizations are working to obtain indoor vapor testing kits for Fifth and Hill, a community that is believed to contain a toxic waste.  Black Students for Revolution UIUC and Students for Environmental Concerns have set up a GoFundMe to purchase the testing kits. They have ...

The Daily Illini police blotter for Dec. 3

The Daily Illini police blotter for Dec. 3

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

December 4, 2019

Champaign Theft was reported at Mach 1, 902 W. Bloomington Road, around 5 a.m. Tuesday. According to the report, the offender stole the victim’s wallet in the business’ gaming area after the victim dropped it while playing video slot machines. Aggravated discharge of a firearm was reported in the 2100 b...

Champaign church holds 10th annual Christmas dinner

Champaign church holds 10th annual Christmas dinner

By Clare Budin, Assistant Daytime News Editor, Assistant Special Sections Editor

December 3, 2019

The First Christian Church of Champaign will hold its tenth consecutive volunteer Christmas dinner for those who would otherwise be alone or without a special dinner on Christmas Day.  Appetizers will be provided by Church volunteers at 12:30 p.m. with a free sit-down dinner to follow at 1 p.m. Speci...

Media labs to be renovated in Gregory Hall

Media labs to be renovated in Gregory Hall

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

December 3, 2019

The College of Media announced Monday that two computer labs in Gregory Hall will undergo “major renovations” at the start of the spring semester. The labs 013 and 029/031 will be closed starting in Spring 2020 and will be completed the following fall. During the closure, labs 001 and 003 will...

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