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University of Illinois ranked 18th out of top 25 universities to produce female entrepreneurs

University of Illinois ranked 18th out of top 25 universities to produce female entrepreneurs

By Jessie Webster August 25, 2015

Melonee Wise, University Engineering alumna, was named one of MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 in August. Wise, is currently the CEO of Fetch Robotics and cofounded a software operating company...

After 30 years of business, That's Rentertainment will close later this summer. The video rental store specializes in independent films. 

That's Rentertainment to close this summer

By Ben Lash June 7, 2015

After 30 years of business, locally-owned video rental store That’s Rentertainment has announced it will be closing this summer. The store opened in June 1985 in the back of Johnstowne Center on campus...

Rose and Taylor has been a local African-American-owned barbershop in Champaign since 1962 and was a part of what was once known as “The Black Downtown.” Today, it remains one of the few African-American owned businesses left.

Champaign continues to lose black-owned businesses

By Darrah Perryman May 11, 2015

Contagious, hypnotic music kissed the streets of Champaign in the 1950s in what some remember as an electrifying, soul-consuming environment that lured many African-American Champaign residents out of...

Mark Wolters in 1998 at the Bolivia-Peru border after studying abroad his first semester of senior year.

A Q & A with professor and alumnus Mark Wolters

By Bridget Hynes May 5, 2015

Mark Wolters is a visiting assistant professor of Business at the University and a 1999 University alumnus who earned a degree in business administration in marketing. Wolters met with The Daily Illini...

Hoke has created her pretzel treats for a variety of occasions, including an Easter party, baby shower and Unofficial celebration.

UI grad student creates chocolate-covered pretzel business

By Maddie Galassi April 27, 2015

When the savory, rich taste of chocolate is combined with the crisp, saltiness of pretzels, a delectable snack is created for anyone with a sweet tooth or salt craving. Rebecca Hoke, graduate student in...

Allen Strong, the owner of The Courier Cafe, is holding the old newspapers in the cafe at March 20.

Courier Café serves up old-fashioned food, memories

By Lillian Barkley March 31, 2015

In a small, corner cafe, Pullman railroad berth lights illuminate the booths, a large pendulum clock keeps time on a far wall, a gold Palace Opera House chandelier shines above the dining room and a red...

Kyla Chriss, sophomore in LAS “There are so many different types of textures and different things work for different people. There’s not just one mindset.”

Reclaiming natural beauty through hair

February 4, 2015

I couldn’t see the cold, unfamiliar hands disappear within my thick patch of curls claiming ownership over my head. But I felt them.   Seemingly everywhere I looked — long, straight, luscious hair...

Ellen McDowell (center) stands with a group of volunteers as the director of the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen of 35 years.

Daily Bread Soup Kitchen looks to continue its values in new Champaign location

January 28, 2015

Six months before shifting locations and turning off the burners for good at the New Covenant Fellowship, the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen was on an over 30-year run. Since its inception in 1980, the kitchen...

Mohammad Al-Heeti, owner of World Harvest International and Gourmet Foods, stands in front of Strawberry Fields as its new owner.

A new harvest for Strawberry Fields

By Lillian Barkley January 28, 2015

Champaign-Urbana lost a community staple on Dec. 14, when health food store Strawberry Fields closed after 40 years of business. But, much like strawberry harvesting season itself, a new Strawberry Fields...

Students take advantage of the career resources available through the University both at the Career Center and at campus career fairs.

Utilizing career services on campus

By Bridget Hynes January 27, 2015

The University offers several resources for students who are career-minded, including the online forum I-Link, career fairs and college-specific advisors. Below are a few of the resources available to...

Meagan Hennessey and Richard Martin stand with their

UI employee juggles work and Grammy-award-winning record label

By Annabeth Carlson January 21, 2015

Meagan Hennessey is a manager of web services for the College of Business, updating websites and helping faculty with their sites. But what people may not know is that she won a Grammy — and may have...

Cream & Flutter releases its holiday catalogue filled with sweets such as gourmet candies, homemade caramels, peppermint bark and mini pies.

Cream & Flutter sweetens up for the holidays.

December 8, 2014

Known for its gourmet cupcakes, Cream & Flutter is transforming the way the local community thinks of sweet treats.  Located in the heart of downtown Champaign at 114 N Walnut St., customers can find...

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