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Someone made a photo cheat-sheet for ordering at Golden Harbor

If you haven't been to Golden Harbor yet, you're missing out. To call the menu extensive is an understatement. Back when Golden Harbor had an online presence (RIP GH Facebook page), moderators (Sophie!) would post photos of the food with descriptions and the number for ordering. 

Ashley Buerkett has picked up this mantle and created a Golden Harbor menu spreadsheet, with photos and short descriptions on many items. 

You can check it out here

We will have to band together as a community to find a proper way to thank her. 

Photos by Jessica Hammie


DeLuxe’s famed Fish Sandwich is returning for a limited time

Champaign Urbana History is making waves with nostalgia trips — this time is with the locally-famous DeLuxe Fish Sandwich's return to availabilty.

For those of you who don't remember (and believe me, this was before my time as well) — DeLuxe used to exist in Campustown where Legends currently exists.

For a limited time, you'll be able to get the sando at Dublin's Pub — which used to be called Dublin O'Neil's, but was changed to Dublin's Pub, but still has the same sign and the same design and isn't an actual Irish Pub.

Here's the text from the post Mike Moran made in C-U History:

Big news from our own Stephen Flynn... he and I have exchanged messages about the reaction to posts featuring the Deluxe Fish Sandwich and how popular they would still be if available... well he has finally done it... Deluxe fish sandwich is coming back to Steve said: “the CU History group deserves an advance notice, there the reason I’m doing it. “
Here is the info...

Locally famed DeLuxe Fried Fish Sandwich lands Downtown at Dublin’s on Neil St.

Dublin's at 301 N Neil in Downtown, Champaign is proud to announce beginning February 14 through Easter, the famous DeLuxe Fried Fish Sandwich will once again be available to Champaign-Urbana. This will be the first time in 22 years C-U residents and visitors can enjoy one of the best remembered dishes in local history.

Dublin's kitchen manager, Raul Parada, and General Manager, Scott McIntosh, have collaborated with Stephen Flynn, son of the original DeLuxe owner to offer the famed recipe. Stephen has provided his family’s batter recipe and fish source. Stephen will personally oversee the recipes production. 

Dublin’s will serve the renowned sandwich as it was originally prepared with either white bread or on a hamburger bun, including options to add mustard, pickles and onions.

The sandwich will be available from 11am to 1:30 am, while supplies last February 14-17. The following weeks thru Easter it will be available on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 11am until sold out.

The sandwich uses premium deep water Cod coated with a secret batter recipe that DeLuxe Billiards owners created just as prohibition was ending.

The sandwich can be enjoyed at Dublin’s pub or will be available for carry out. Advance carry out orders can be placed beginning February 12 by calling Dublin’s during business hours at 1 217 531 1152. Lunch service of the DeLuxe Fried Fish Sandwich at Dublin’s will begin at 11 am Wednesday, February 14.


Now seems like a good time to donate some coin to The Station Theatre

Given the bummer news from Urbana last night, you might consider a donation to The Station Theatre today, perhaps? Hard to say what the outcome of the damage will be, and you have to hope that insurance will cover this sort of thing, and that the show will, indeed, go on. 

But here's a quick and easy way to support them, and what do you know? They are literally just a few hundred bucks away from their goal. 

Donate here

And here's to a speedy resolution and fast fix, folks. We need The Station Theatre, now more than ever. 


By the looks of it, there’s a new development planned at Neil and Columbia

By the looks of this real estate listing, there's a new development in the works for Neil Street and Columbia on the north side of Downtown Champaign. 

Check out the information from the listing:

520 N Neil St
Champaign, IL 61820

520 Neil will be a mix of retail, office and residential uses at the corner of Neil and Columbia Streets on the northern edge of Downtown Champaign.  520 Neil will serve as a gateway into the popular Downtown Champaign area known for its live, work and play environment.  The new 5 story building will be modern and upscale in appearance and include first floor retail, floors 2- 4 will be residential and floor 5 will be a mix of office and residential.  A rooftop deck will be available for residents and office tenants use.

So, it looks like apartments for the most part — with a mixture of commercial and retail space in the bottom. This development would sit close to Koh-i-noor and Columbia Street Roastery.

I couldn't help but think about this April Fool's joke from a few years ago with the Quarters, as it sits right next to it.

Top image from the listing.


Habitat for Humanity Dare to Dream, Dream to Build fundraiser happening in March

Tickets are now available for Dare to Dream, Dream to Build, a fundraising event hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois. You can purchase a table, couple's ticket, or individual ticket, and there are also opportunities to donate or help a Habitat family or staff member attend. Here are the details:

Join us for Dare to Dream,
Dream to Build 2018
Hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County & Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois

• Friday March 2nd  6-9 pm @ the Refinery in Champaign 2302 W. John St. Champaign

• Dinner by Dish Passionate Cuisine, including Live and Silent Auctions

•Tickets available

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois are excited to share plans for a new collaboration --- Build My Future.

Focused on expanding our local construction workforce, Build My Future will connect area youth in the Parkland College district, with Habitat, HBAECI and other community partners and building professionals. Participants will get “hands on” experience in the construction trades while building an affordable home in our community. Funds raised at Dare to Dream, will be used to support affordable housing and provide leadership for training the next generation of building trade professionals.


Champaign County Clerk won’t add more early voting locations on U of I campus

With the upcoming midterm elections taking place on March 20th, providing access to voting options is pretty crucial. This date falls right in the middle of Spring Break — where many students travel back home, or elsehwere — so if they are registered to vote in Champaign County, they won't have the opportunity to do so during the break. Thus, registered voters will have to vote early. So this is where this discussion begins.

The Common Cause Illinois group has responded to Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten's (R) choice to not add more early polling locations on campus at the University of Illinois. Ultimately, adding more early polling locations on campus would provide more access for students to vote early if they can't vote on March 20th.

The group has issued this press release, which Hulten has responded to. You can see the release and tweet below.

From the press release:

CHAMPAIGN, IL – Common Cause UIUC firmly stands for equal access to the ballot box. We are concerned that the current miscommunications between the Champaign County Clerk’s Office and the Illini Student Government could prevent some students from voting in the upcoming primary election. We need to ensure that every student can vote early, especially since our campus will be on spring break for Election Day. 
As a transient population, students are disproportionately affected by election laws. As Election Day for the Illinois primary falls on the University’s spring break, all parties can agree that we must take every effort to provide early vote opportunities and spread awareness across campus. Without the necessary resources and effort by all parties, it will be substantially more difficult for students to vote prior to their departure from campus. Data from past elections show that there was a dramatic increase in student voter turnout across campus during the 2016 election. In the 2016 primary, over 6,000 students turned out to vote, followed by the presidential election, where hundreds of students waited in long lines at the polls on Election Day. 
Additionally, new policies passed by the Illinois General Assembly have streamlined the voter registration process, lowering barriers to the ballot box that students previously faced. Several policies that Common Cause Illinois has had an essential role in passing and implementing, such as Same Day Voter Registration and Automatic Voter Registration, will continue to decrease students’ barriers to the ballot box. We expect these changes will increase the number of students voting this year, requiring more polling places. It is essential for our University and elected officials to find a compromise and help students get to the polls.
Common Cause Illinois is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest, and empowering people to make their voices heard in the political process.


The link that Hulten is sending people to via that tweet is the page about Early Voting on the Champaign County Clerk's website, which states:

Any voter validly registered in Champaign County may vote at ANY early voting location during the early voting period, however, any vote cast is final, and may not be revoked, and the voter is not eligible to cast a vote on election day.

The logic here seems solid in some ways — the early polling locations are available to everyone that is registered to vote — so if you're wanting to vote early, make sure you are able to get to one of these places in Champaign County. Hulten states that these locations are the same as the last election period, so in his mind, an argument about voter supression isn't valid because there are plenty of locations around Champaign County that are available to anyone registered to vote.

While this isn't voter supression on it's face, not adding locations near where a ton of registered student voters seems like it isn't helping at all, right? If people are concerned about having access to voting early on campus, wouldn't you want to listen to the constitutents and try to make a compromise? Seems logical to me.

Certainly, adding more polling locations doesn't necessarily mean more people will turn out to vote, but if your role is to provide as much access for people to vote as possible, one would think adding even a few campus early voting locations would make sense.

I reached out to Hulten to comment here, asking: What is your rationale for not adding more early polling locations on campus given the feedback you've gotten from constituents?

Hulten said:

The 2014 Primary is the most recent comparable election we have to the upcoming March 20, 2018 Primary. Both 2014 and 2018 Primaries feature contests similar high-profile offices (Governor and Congress 13 for both parties, for example).

We have ten precincts that we generally consider to be the core campus area (City of Champaign 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8, and Cunningham 2, 3, 4 and 5). Those ten precincts cast 173 ballots combined in for the 2014 General Primary election, across all voting types (early, vote by mail, and election day).

For the 2014 General Primary Election, our Illini Union Early Voting Location was open similar days and hours to what we're planning this year (2014: Tuesday through Saturday; 2018: Tuesday through Monday). In 2014, that location serviced 190 total voters during the early voting period. (Many of those 190 voters were faculty or staff who do not live in the ten-precinct core campus area.)

Spring Break 2014 was the week after the 2014 General Primary Election, but turnout was relatively consistent for the ten campus precincts throughout early voting into Election Day.

That said, we are prepared at the Illini Union to handle significantly greater turnout for the 2018 Primary than what occurred in 2014. The Illini Union early voting location is highly trafficked and visible, and designated by state statute as our campus early voting location because of its unique accessibility.

I would have been happy to discuss our preparations and the data on which we base such decisions prior to the Senate vote, and am happy to discuss them or any other issues now. Our track record indicates we have long supported efforts to make voting efficient and convenient for campus-area voters, and Champaign County voters (including campus voters) have greater access to early voting and more choices for early voting than in any other jurisdiction in Illinois.

As it stands currently, there's only one early voting location on campus at the Illini Union. These are the dates and times that early voting is available at this location, per the County Clerk's website:

UI Campus: Illini Union - Room 213

1401 West Green Street, Urbana - Map external link

  • Tuesday, March 13 through Friday, March 16: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday, March 17: 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Sunday, March 18: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Monday, March 19: 10:00am - 6:00pm

So, if you can't make it to vote at this place at these dates and times, you're out of luck if you're trying to vote on campus? That seems off to me. Adding a few locations would be a simple solution to provide more access to early voting — especially since this particular date falls on a date where many students won't be able to vote. This is a massive portion of Champaign County's population that's being restricted to one early voting location — with windows of time that add up to 22 hours total. That doesn't look like a ton of time to seize the opportunity to vote early. 

There's a press conference today that discusses this issue:

Today, Friday February 2nd at 12:00 PM in Room 213 of the Illini Union, members of the student leadership, the Illini Democrats, the Illini Republicans, community activists, elected officials, and labor leaders will be holding a press conference in reaction to the county clerk's refusal to add additional polling places on campus for the early voting period leading up to spring break.

UPDATE: 11:27 a.m.

I'm adding a few notes here from Hulten after our conversation via email. In response to my question above: "So, if you can't make it to vote at this place at these dates and times, you're out of luck if you're trying to vote on campus?" — Hulten mentions voting by mail:

Anyone can vote by mail. We've been taking requests for VBM since December, and have pushed it as an option for any voter affected by Spring Break. (Be aware Spring Break affects most of our County's school districts.) Ballot requests can be made online at

As far as voting location is concerned, I asked: "This is a massive portion of Champaign County's population that's being restricted to one early voting location — with windows of time that add up to 22 hours total." above as well. Hulten said:

Anyone can vote at any location during early voting, so nobody is being restricted to just one location.


Common Ground looking for local artists

Common Ground Food Co-op is looking for artists to showcase in their gallery in 2018. Individuals (including kids) and groups are welcome to apply. Check out the basic details from their Facebook page:

Call for Local Artists for 2018 Co-op Art Gallery!

It's a great chance to show your art to CU community, gain extra promotion, receive an art gallery reception hosted at the Co-op, and be celebrated as a featured local artist!

Applications must be in by March 1st. Learn more about our Art Gallery Application on our website:


Girls Rock! C-U winter workshop is February 17th

From the press release:


Registration Now Open

Urbana, Illinois, January 26, 2018– Girls Rock! Champaign-Urbana will host a winter workshop at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center from 9 AM until Noon.

The February 17th workshop offers attendees “a chance to learn about guitars, bass, drums, keys, turntables, and yourself!” Registration is open to girls, transgender folks, and gender non-conforming folks. The age range for the Girls Rock! workshop is 8-18. No musical experience is required.

For more information, go to the Girls Rock! C-U website.

Top photo from Girls Rock! C-U's website.