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C-U One-to-One Mentoring transforms lives

When 90-year-old Edith was asked whether she wanted to retire as 17-year-old Alice’s mentor, she laughed. “No,” she said. “She needs to graduate high school, and I’m the only person in her life who will …

Weekender: January 20-22

Friday, January 20th Attend the Flatlands Dance Film Festival, Spurlock Museum, 7 p.m. + Saturday, 7 p.m., $10 The Flatlands Dance Film Festival is Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and will feature a curated …

Weekender: January 13-15

Friday, January 13th Drink a hot buttered rum, Bentley’s Pub, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., $7 If you’ll be out and about in Downtown Champaign on this chilly Friday night, sip this warm seasonal adult …

Guide to New Year’s Eve: 2022-2023

We’re closing in on the end of 2022, a year of ups and downs and progress and setbacks. Maybe you are reflecting on your personal experiences this year, or maybe you are ready to shove 2022 …

C-U Monthly Weather Review: November 2022

November was a dynamic month in central Illinois offering record warmth and our first snow of the season. December is off to a mild and dry start, but could a stormy transition lead us into a snowy holiday season?

A conversation about harm reduction

With the fentanyl crisis touching Champaign-Urbana and the renewed debate on drug policy at the national level, it's a good time to reexamine laws and policies. We talked to Joe Trotter, coordinator of the CUPHD Harm Reduction Program, about what his office does and how drug use should be approached.

C-U Monthly Weather Review: October 2022

October was another dry month across Central Illinois with periods of summer warmth interrupted by early shots of cold air. November is off to another mild start, but a big dose of wintery air is on the way.