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CU celebrates recognition as ‘Greatest Midwest Food Town’

CU celebrates recognition as ‘Greatest Midwest Food Town’

By Marissa Plescia, Staff writer

September 6, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

On a college campus, “free food” is something that never fails to bring in crowds. Not only can students get free food this weekend, but from some of the area’s famous restaurants as the community celebrates their recent recognition in Midwest Living Magazine as the "Greatest Midwest Food Town...

CUMTD to add new buses to fleet

CUMTD to add new buses to fleet

By Lilly Mashayek

October 13, 2015


Filed under News

Any student who has ever missed the 22 Illini before an 8 a.m. class will appreciate the addition of new buses to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s fleet.CUMTD was granted $7.8 million from the Federal Transit Authority, FTA, to purchase up to 42 new buses over the next five years, said ...

Champaign Police move forward with request for taser implementation

Champaign Police move forward with request for taser implementation

By Aaron Navarro

September 21, 2015


Filed under News

In 2004, unsteady relations between the Champaign Police Department and the community showed as a proposal from the police for Tasers was met with a hostile reaction and negativity. Eleven years later, the Champaign Police are requesting Tasers once again. This time, things are a little different.Cham...

Ammons launches petition against budget cuts

By Daily Illini Staff Report

June 25, 2015


Filed under News

State representative Carol Ammons launched a community-wide petition in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to cut funding to the University.Ammons issued a press release Monday discussing her petition to urge the General Assembly to decline Rauner’s proposal.“Our public universities and colleges are vital t...

New police force created to stop gun violence

By Atoosa Sayeh

June 3, 2015


Filed under News

The Champaign Police Department, Urbana Police Department, Champaign County Sheriff’s Office and University of Illinois Police Department are working together as a newly formed task force to address recent gun violence in the Champaign-Urbana community.  The group held a press conference Tuesday to discuss the...

Champaign’s Fire Service Institute Library named finalist for national award

Champaign’s Fire Service Institute Library named finalist for national award

By Robin Dean

April 1, 2015


Filed under Uncategorized

Champaign’s Illinois Fire Service Institute Library, IFSI, has been selected as one of 30 finalists to compete for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service award, which goes toward museums and libraries that aim to meaningfully impact their community. “The award is the country’s highest honor for library ...

Parkland College Planetarium brings an array of programs to community

Parkland College Planetarium brings an array of programs to community

By Abrar Al-Heeti

February 5, 2015


Filed under Uncategorized

Parkland College’s William M. Staerkel Planetarium is perhaps best known for its shows on the skies and solar system. But on Friday, it will display Parkland instructor Julie Angel’s recent ascent up Mount St. Helens, one of the mightiest and most explosive volcanoes in the United States.  Angel ...

Sacrificing her home for the homeless

Sacrificing her home for the homeless

By Sarah Foster

January 22, 2015


Filed under Classifieds

Melany Jackson looks across the room, her eyes observing the intimate community she created.She sees two men and a woman, drifting off on a red leather couch. She watches her virtuoso friend Tommy, strumming melodies on his acoustic guitar.She smiles. These are the moments that make her sacrifices seem...

Be Kind Illinois leaves bells in community to promote kindness

Be Kind Illinois leaves bells in community to promote kindness

By Rebecca Jacobs

November 13, 2014


Filed under Uncategorized

An orange and blue bell dangles off a tree branch in Lincoln Hall’s center courtyard. Another hangs outside the Illini Union. These are just two of the 1,500 total bells hung in the Champaign-Urbana community in the past three years by Be Kind Illinois. Be Kind Illinois is the local chapter of Be...

UI student talks life after losing mother to breast cancer

UI student talks life after losing mother to breast cancer

November 3, 2014


Filed under Uncategorized

Nicole Crifase remembers sitting in the bathtub, clutching her knees and trying to comprehend what had just happened. It was March 27, 2005, and her mother, Darcie Crifase, had just lost her battle against breast cancer. To the senior in LAS, life without her mother seemed completely unfathomable.  Wi...

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