Massive drainage improvement project on tap for Garden Hills

Good to hear one of Champaign’s most neglected neighborhoods getting much-needed improvements.

Now – how about the sidewalks and streetlights? Much of Garden Hills lacks basic infrastructure. I hope to see more of this from the City of Champaign.

(Adalberto Toledo / News-Gazette)

Alma Otter makes national waves

The story was picked up by the likes of Barstool Sports and Around the Horn. This is the most relevant University of Illinois sports teams have been since hiring Lovie. Amazing.

(^This is a bad take^)

The hype is so real, in fact, that the original creators did an AMA on Reddit:

My friends and I are the original creators of “Alma Otter”. AMA. from r/UIUC

UI commencement speaker: Larry Gies

Ugh. At least this guy gave a lot of money, I guess.

(Julie Wurth / News-Gazette)

Title wins for Tigers, Maroons flex strength of local league

The future of local basketball looks bright.

(Colin Likas / News-Gazette)

Here’s a very helpful Big Ten Tournament seeding guide

VeoRide introduces electric bikes to campus

Things are about to get zippy!

(Daily Illini)

CJ Run releases Here For Now EP

You can listen to it here:

Look at this cute pooch

The newest member of Illini Service Dogs!

Taking Action Amid Layoffs

Western Illinois University in Macomb laid off 8% of their total workforce yesterday.

(Rich Egger / Illinois Public Media)

Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquires celebrated 18th-century Mount Vesuvius book

This is badass.

(Jodi Heckel / University of Illinois)