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Arbitration Overrules Police Accountability in Champaign, Nation

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 02.15.2017 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

The lack of police accountability has been thoroughly discussed and hotly contested since the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson by Police Officer Darren Wilson in August 2014.

Mother Nature: Female Hip Hop Duo Empowered to Bring Social Change

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 12.18.2016 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

Hip Hop duo, Mother Nature, out of Champaign, Illinois, comprised of two dynamic female emcees, T.R.U.T.H. and Klevah, are some of those women making waves as both young activists and powerful hip hop emcees.

In Champaign, Similarity and a Possible Way Forward for Ferguson

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

At first glance, the connection between the city in open revolt where the National Guard has been summoned and the site of Illinois' flagship state university seems tenuous at best. But a deeper look reveals that the two cities share some important and distressing similarities.

Seven Affordable Illinois Cities

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.19.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

We checked every city's cost of living profile at Area Vibes to give a more detailed look at how much it really costs to live in these communities.

Thanks to Yelp, We've Assembled Your City-by-City Illinois Restaurant Travel Guide

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you're having a hard time figuring out where to take the family for dinner, or maybe that hot date of yours, there's a list for that.

This May Be The Fanciest Vending Machine Of All TIme

Alison Spiegel | Posted 11.22.2013 | Small Business

Moët & Chandon, a luxury alcohol company, has just introduced a Champagne vending machine, for all your holiday drinking needs. "By putting its produ...

From Cornfields to the City: What It Feels Like to Be a Transfer Student

Melanie Stone | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Melanie Stone

No one knows me here. There are some days when I feel invisible. I can walk around campus without recognizing anybody. To these people, I'm just another student, an anonymous face in the crowd.

May 21 Judgement Day: It's Not The End Of The World, And I Feel Fine

Ben Daniel | Posted 07.12.2011 | Religion
Ben Daniel

Let's make May 21 a holy festival, not because the world will come to and end, but because it won't. Celebrate life and the ongoing beauty of the world we are blessed to call home.

WATCH: Bus Driver Destroys Snowman, Forced To Resign

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An unnamed bus driver in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois was forced to resign on Monday after running over a man standing in the lane of oncoming traffic. ...

Illinois Elementary School Converted To Strip Club, Neighbors Angry

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Nancy Ward isn't happy about what's become of Pioneer School, which served for more than 50 years as both a place of learning and a community center w...

Champaign City Council Reacts To Mayor Jerry Schweighart's Birther Comments

Smile Politely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

John O'Connor didn't set out for the Tea Party rally intending to expose Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart as a Birther. Honest. The grad student at t...

WATCH: Champaign Mayor Says He Does Not Believe President Obama Is An American

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Add Champaign mayor Jerry Schweighart to the short and oddball list of skeptics about Barack Obama's birthplace. In a video shot by YouTube user illi...

University of Illinois Tuition Hike: Cost Of Education May Go Up 20 Percent

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Facing nearly half a billion dollars of unpaid bills from the state, the University of Illinois is likely to raise tuition rates nearly 20 percent ove...