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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 …

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 …

Urbana Park District is creating a “dream quilt”

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and in preparation for Black History Month, Urbana Park District is creating a “dream quilt” to be displayed at Phillips Recreation Center throughout the month of February. Community members …

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 …

H Mart to open in Urbana’s former Save A Lot location

According to Chicago Korea Times (translated to English from Korean), the popular Korean grocery store H Mart is taking over the space previously occupied by Save A Lot in Urbana. The store is considered a …