Cristina Peña was born with HIV. In high school, she was afraid to tell her boyfriend, Chris Ondaatje, about her illness. The couple have been together for 13 years.
(StoryCorps)
April 18, 2014

Born With HIV, Building A Future

Cristina Peña was born in 1984 with HIV. Her father died from AIDS, and her mother is still living with HIV. Cristina was told she had HIV when she was 9, but she and her family kept it a secret from her schoolmates and friends.


Mark Rubel with Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets at Mabel's in Dec. 1984.
(Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois)
April 18, 2014

Rising from the Ashes of Disco

Many consider the 1980’s to early 90’s the golden age of local music in Champaign-Urbana, especially when it comes to rock and roll.  On Saturday, April 19th, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Rising from the Ashes of Disco: Urbana-Champaign’s Music Scene during the 1980s and Early 1990s.”


April 18, 2014

Spike In Mumps Cases Across Illinois

Public health officials are investigating a sharp increase in the number of mumps cases recorded in central Illinois, including in Champaign County.


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