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Published 5 months 3 weeks ago
A new and improved way to evaluate your favorite restaurant is now right at your fingertips. 
We’ve updated our popular map of restaurant inspection failures.
The revised map features green icons showing the number of restaurants that have failed at least one inspection in each area.
Published 6 months 1 week ago
Heading out to eat and undecided about where to go?'s new app could provide you with information to help you make that choice.

This mobile-friendly app, currently in beta testing, provides a list of all of the establishments permitted to serve food in Champaign County. You can search the list by restaurant to find specific inspection reports and see the score each restaurant received from 2008 to the present.
Published 10 months 2 weeks ago
By Lauren Rohr/For -- The Sustainable Student Farm serves a variety of purposes on the University of Illinois campus. Hundreds of students gain hands-on experience by working and researching at the farm almost year-round. Dining Services buys the farm's produce and uses it in meals served to students who live in residence halls. 
And now, with the farm's vermicomposting project, farm manager Zack Grant and his team are aiming to close the sustainability loop by using waste to fertilize produce.
Published 10 months 2 weeks ago
By Luke Ray/For -- The Urbana Adult Education Center (UAEC) offers free high school, GED, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and other courses to adults ages 16 or older.
When I learned what UAEC offered, I was intrigued by the unique opportunity students have to obtain an Urbana High School Diploma. They earn it through the Accelerated Performance Learning (APL) Program, allowing students to work at their own pace.
Published 10 months 3 weeks ago
By Jonathan Nonnie/For -- A sports-related injury can be a devastating event in the life of an active young adult. But for Nealay Kalita, a sophomore student at the University of Illinois, a torn ACL lead to a leadership position.
Published 11 months 1 week ago
Most students choose to spend their off hours studying, hanging out with friends or catching up on sleep. But Hailey Anderson, a senior physics student at the University of Illinois, spends her free time in a different way: caring for her pet, Kharma.
Published 11 months 2 weeks ago
By Karyna Rodriguez/For -- One person can make a difference. Nicole Bridges embodies that statement more than almost anyone I’ve ever met.Nicole runs Prosperity Gardens in Champaign, Illinois. I first heard about Prosperity Gardens when I worked on a story about the nonprofit for The Daily Illini. I interviewed Nicole and was inspired by her dedication and selflessness.
Published 11 months 3 weeks ago
By Earn Saenmuk/For -- There was a girl in my Korean class. Well, there were more than one, but this particular one was special. She was very nice, and her Korean was so good that I felt a little intimidated.I noticed while the teacher was taking attendance that her last name did not sound like an Asian last name. Her name was Claire Hampton, though she told the teacher that she also has a Korean name, Hwaesuk.I was really confused, but I didn’t have the courage to ask.
Published 11 months 3 weeks ago
The racial makeup of police departments across the country has grown to become a heated national issue after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown – an unarmed black teenager – in Ferguson, Mo., last month.

An initial analysis by of local police staff numbers revealed a race gap mirrored in national and regional reports. The staff information was obtained through requests made under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
Published 11 months 4 weeks ago
Champaign-Urbana is a biking town, and as an avid biker, that was something I noticed very quickly upon moving here.

Bike lanes run all through both cities as well as campus. Shops like The Bike Co-op and Neutral Cycle provide local cyclists with affordable service and offer to teach people who come in how to maintain a bike themselves, while other stores deal with high-end, professional equipment. People get together to go on group rides.