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Weekender: January 27-29

Friday, January 27th Eat up, Restaurant Week restaurants, all weekend, prices vary Cheers to Restaurant Week! The nine day celebration kicks off today, and the 40+ participating restaurants want to give diners a taste of …

The Champaign-Urbana Police Data Project launches next week

Invisible Institute, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization out of Chicago, is launching a new tool meant to hold police in Champaign and Urbana accountable to the public. Members of the group will be at the …

Negligent landlords and renters’ rights in C-U

For low- and moderate-income residents in Champaign-Urbana, affordable, safe, and comfortable housing is hard to come by. Like many social issues, this issue has only been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. The League of Women …

Restore has some vintage vibes right now

Yesterday, Champaign County Restore posted their regular round up of new and interesting items on their social media pages, and “vintage” seemed to be the recurring theme. I know “vintage” is a very broad term, …

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 …

You’ve helped CUPHD donate 1250 gallons of breast milk 

Since 2014, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has donated more than 160,000 ounces, or 1250 gallons, of breast milk. That’s a lot of mothers and babies who have benefitted. CUPHD is a drop off site for …

Did you know Maize has a weekly dance night?

If you’re looking for a mid-week opportunity to dance it out and try out your Latin dancing skills (or maybe learn some new dance styles?), Maize at the Station has a free dance night every …

Strides Shelter is in need of some items

City of Champaign Township opened its low-barrier shelter in December in the space that was formerly occupied by C-U at Home at 70 East Washington in Champaign. The shelter is in need of some basic …