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Hyatt Place opens in downtown Champaign

Hyatt Place opens in downtown Champaign

By Abrar Al-Heeti

June 24, 2014

Guests to the Champaign area have a new place to stay during their visit. On Tuesday, the Hyatt Place at 217 N. Neil St., Champaign, opened its doors.  Victor Patterson, general manager of Hyatt Place, said they’re very fortunate to be the only hotel in downtown Champaign. “We’re gonna bring that li...

Phi Sigma Sigma to take back chapter house

The new sorority on campus, Phi Sigma Sigma, will be moving into the FIJI house in Fall 2013.

June 23, 2014

After making a reappearance in the University’s Greek community last fall, Phi Sigma Sigma sorority will be moving back into their original chapter house this August. The sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma will be taking over the chapter house at 902 S. Second St. The house was temporarily being rented ou...

Summer style: dress for the occasion

Libby Smith, senior in Media, sports one of her favorite summer outfits.

By Kayla Burns

June 9, 2014

There are a variety of reasons students decide to stay in Champaign after classes have ended for the summer. Between internships, jobs, classes and nights out, dressing for the occasion is important. Luckily, there are many current trends that are appropriate for work, study or play. Seeing a girl in a ...

Supreme Court strikes down aggregate campaign limits on individuals

By Michael Doyle

April 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday further opened up the taps on political campaign spending, with a bombshell ruling that removes the longstanding limits on how much total money an individual can contribute to federal candidates. In what amounts to a 5-4 ruling won by conservatives, the co...

Illinois rallies to top Boston University in NIT

Tracy Abrams wrestles for the ball during the first round game of the National Invitation Tournament game at Agganis Arena at Boston University.

By Teddy Greenstein

March 20, 2014

BOSTON — The motivation for most NIT participants can be boiled down to three words: Madison Square Garden. It’s the site of the semifinal and championship games. The three words that fueled Illinois’ huge comeback Wednesday night were these: Seniors Die Hard. Illini head coach John Groce uttered t...

Rodney Davis wins the Republican nomination for the 13th district

Rodney Davis wins the Republican nomination for the 13th district

By Eleanor Black and Austin Keating

March 19, 2014

Incumbent Rodney Davis defeated University alumna Erika Harold and Michael Firsching, a veterinarian, in the republican primary for the 13th congressional district. Davis won the race with 54 percent of votes, with 96 percent of precincts reporting at press time. Though Davis won the overall vote, H...

McDonald’s coming to Campustown

By Daily Illini Staff Report

March 17, 2014

The paperwork is starting to stack as the city of Champaign prepares to review the addition of a new business in Campustown: McDonald’s. The popular fast-food restaurant is expected to be located at 616 E. Green St., with construction beginning in May, according to a press release from property mana...

18 residents displaced following Urbana apartment fire

Eighteen people were displaced following an Urbana apartment fire.

By Bryan Boccelli

March 11, 2014

Eighteen residents were displaced Monday night after a fire broke out at an Urbana apartment complex near campus. Urbana Fire Department fire marshal Phil Edwards said crews were called to the scene, 201 S. Busey Ave., at 9:01 p.m. Edwards said flames were coming out of the third floor of the northwe...

Champaign mayor: ‘The goal is to keep people out of trouble’ on Unofficial

Don Gerard

By Angelica Lavito

March 5, 2014

With Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day coming up this Friday, The Daily Illini sat down with Champaign Mayor Don Gerard to discuss the event. The Daily Illini: What are your thoughts on Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day? Don Gerard: Whenever you have great numbers of people you’re going to have a few bad ...

Lone Illini women’s basketball senior Moore’s career winds down

Illinois' Amber Moore drives the ball during the game against Iowa at State Farm Center on Sunday, March 2.

March 5, 2014

When the Illini women’s basketball team steps on the court to take on Iowa on Thursday for the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, guard Amber Moore will be playing like it’s her last game. Because it very well could be. Moore is the team’s lone senior, and from here on out every game Illin...

’12 Years a Slave’ wins for best picture, ‘Gravity’ pulls in 7 Oscars

A view of an Oscar statue outside the 84th Annual Academy Awards show at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sunday, February 26, 2012. 

By Ryan Weber and Karyna Rodriguez

March 3, 2014

"12 Years a Slave" took home the big prize at the end of the 86th Academy Awards, and "Gravity" won seven of the 10 Oscars for which it was nominated.  Both "Gravity" and "American Hustle" were nominated for 10 Academy Awards, but "American Hustle" took home none. "12 Years a Slave" was nominated for ...

Same-sex marriage licenses now offered in Champaign County

By Bryan Boccelli and Eleanor Black

February 26, 2014

It was 8 a.m., and what began like any other day filled with classes and homework ended with the decision of a lifetime for two University students. Marissa and Laura Meli, both third-year students in the College of Law, were the first couple in line after the Champaign County Clerk’s decision to offe...

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