Smile Politely

Champaign County


C-U yearly weather in review: 2022

One of my favorite things about living in the Midwest is the diverse weather that we experience. Not just on a day to day or week to week scale, either. No weather year is ever …

A look at 2023 Illinois politics

Happy New Year, readers, and welcome to the newest version of Smile Politely. Our website isn’t the only thing that’s new — there’s a new General Assembly and legislative session. To kick off 2023, we’ve …

Learn more about Uniting Pride at their Step Up event

Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to get more involved in the community? If you are passionate about supporting LGBTQ+ people in C-U and beyond, this might be a good opportunity for you. Uniting …

Get ready to search for snowflakes in the forest preserves

Champaign County Forest Preserve District is bringing back its Snowflake Search beginning next week. From January 19th to February 28th, you are encouraged to visit the various forest preserves and see how many of the …

Busey Bank is hosting a sock drive

During this season of cold and sometimes inclement weather, access to clean, dry socks is awfully important for community members without a permanent residence. Throughout the month of January, you can bring new socks to …

Welcome to the new Smile Politely

Welcome to the newest version of Smile Politely. It is our fifth redesign that we’ve made over the course of 15 years of publishing, and I would venture to say, the most comprehensive and impactful …

Here are the MLK Jr. award recipients for 2023

Each year, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration recognizes three individuals that have made a difference in the community; people who are continuing to advance the work that Dr. King began. Here …

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?