The patient service desk at Nu Med, a medical marijuana dispensary that opens next week in Urbana.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
October 25, 2016

Urbana Medical Marijuana Facility Opens

The second medical marijuana dispensary to open in Champaign County is now seeing its first customers. Nu Med is located at 105 East University in Urbana, the site of a former Blockbuster Video location. It joins Champaign-based Phoenix Botanical as the two dispensaries allowed by the state's pilot program in State Police District 10, which includes Champaign, Vermilion, and seven other Central Illinois counties.

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Activists rally for a $15 minimum wage outside of the McDonald's on Neil Street and Kirby Avenue in Champaign.
Hannah Meisel/Illinois Public Media (FILE)
April 02, 2016

Focus Shifts To Illinois In Next Push For $15 Minimum Wage

California and New York -- where almost 1 in 5 Americans live -- are on their way to raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour. And the activists who spearheaded those efforts are now setting their sights on other similarly liberal, Democratic-led states, including Illinois.

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A woman dressed in a Native American headdress.
James Kenney/AP
October 29, 2015

Halloween Cultural Costumes Raising Debate On Stereotypes And Racism

It’s the time of the year when department stores stock their shelves with different outfits for Halloween, including costumes of other cultures. Sexy Geisha, Hey Amigo Mexican man and replicas of Native American headdresses are some real life examples of cultural costumes and they can be found on various Halloween websites.

Cultural costumes have led to a controversial dilemma over whether or not they are racist, sexist and perpetuate cultural appropriation.

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