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Local community joins Urbana City Council meeting to address police brutality

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

June 1, 2020

On Monday night, the Urbana City Council met over Zoom to address the topic of police brutality, in light of the recent death of George Floyd and the community’s concerns on the case of Aleyah Lewis.  A Facebook event named “SHOW UP: Tell Urbana City Council to End Police Violence” urged C...

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...

Over 20 arrests made in looting incidents

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

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

June 1, 2020

Twenty-seven individuals were arrested in relation to looting incidents, which took place Sunday afternoon to early Monday morning. According to a Champaign Police press release, people were gathered at the parking lot of Marketplace Mall around 3 p.m. Sunday and shortly after, several vehicles arrived...

CU community cleans up looting aftermath, prepares for more protests

Green Street in Champaign, IL winds down at sunset on April 14.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

June 1, 2020

On Sunday evening, Champaign, Urbana and Savoy issued a curfew in effect until 6 a.m. due to “civil disturbances” following the protests over the death of George Floyd.  Earlier that day, businesses in Champaign such as the Market Place Mall, Meijer, Target and other stores were looted. Vid...

Protests continue in Champaign

By Samantha Boyle and Salem Isaf

May 31, 2020

Several businesses in the Champaign-Urbana area were the target of looters in response to the growing protests that began last week in conjunction with the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd. On Sunday afternoon Target, Meijer, gas stations, liquor stores, Market Place Mall...

CU community protests in wake of George Floyd murder

Two protesters hold a sign above their heads during a Black Lives Matter Demonstration 
in Harrisburg, PA on Saturday.

By Heather Robinson

May 30, 2020

On Friday, members of the Champaign-Urbana community gathered together to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the name of George Floyd.  A white police officer was charged with third-degree murder after killing George Floyd while attempting to take him into custody. The officer, Derek Ch...

KAM’s and Legends lead campus bar reopenings

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

By Heather Robinson

May 29, 2020

On Friday, bars and restaurants in Champaign will be able to reopen for outdoor seating. This announcement comes with the implementation of phase 3 in Illinois’ state reopening plan.  Restaurants and bars that are able to accommodate for outdoor seating coordinated with the City of Champaign to allow th...

Champaign mayor issues Emergency Order for bars, restaurants

The landing page for Champaign's COVID-19 response offers tips and information to the public on Friday.

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

May 29, 2020

Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen of Champaign issued Emergency Order 20-18 on Wednesday, which goes into effect today. This order sets in motion a three-part plan to support local restaurants and bars that aim to provide outdoor seating and dining areas to customers as Champaign reaches phase three of Restore Illinois’s reopening plan.  The first part of this plan grants the temporary expansion of Champaign’s Outdoor Cafe program, which allows for the sale and consumption of food and beverages on public outdoor spaces near existing bars and restaurants. This can include certain sidewalks, streets, loading zones and parking spaces....

Sweetcorn Festival cancels in-person activities

A cob of corn sits on a rack during the Urbana Sweetcorn Fest in 2016. The Urbana Business Association has canceled the in-person activities for the festival this year due to COVID-19.

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

May 21, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Urbana Business Association has decided to cancel the in-person activities for the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. The festival was scheduled for Aug. 21 and 22 of 2020.  The UBA is attempting to create a virtual experience for business and community members to enjoy.  This canc...

Rollin’ Illini recognized in Midwest competition

Urbana Public Television Producer Andrew Scolari edits video at his workstation.

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

May 20, 2020

The upcoming Best of the Midwest Media Fest and Awards Banquet will honor the video production of Rollin’ Illini, a student-run radio show focused on athletes with impairments. This annual festival recognizes the best community access television programs in the Midwest. Urbana Public Television Producer Andrew Sco...

Mass Transit District fall service changes

People step on an MTD bus at the Illinois terminal on Oct. 19, 2019.

By Aliza Majid

May 20, 2020

The Urbana-Champaign Mass Transit District (MTD) held a virtual public hearing on to inform the public about the fall service changes and take questions as needed on earlier today.  The first major change the MTD presented was the proposed new iStops and route eligibility in the University Distri...

Two University students selected for 2020 Dow Jones intern class

The faces of the Dow Jones News Fund Intern Class of 2020. Heather Schlitz (first column, third row) and Sidney Madden (seventh column, sixth row) will represent the University of Illinois for the second year in a row.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

May 9, 2020

Two University of Illinois students have been selected for the prestigious Dow Jones News Fund Intern Class for their second years in a row.  Heather Schlitz, a junior in LAS, and Sidney Madden, a senior in Media graduating in December, will represent the University in this year’s 79-person cla...

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