Chambana Mom to Know: Anita Balgopal

Anita Balgopal moved to Urbana in 1978, left in 1995 and returned in 2012. She always wanted to escape the Midwest but, alas, it has become her home. Anita and her husband, Christopher, chose C-U shortly before their son started kindergarten, the couple seeking strong public schools and to be closer to her parents. "I thought it would be hard returning home, but I … [Read more...]

Chambana Mom to Know: Roaa Al-Heeti

Thank you to the CU Folk & Roots Festival for sponsoring today's Mom to Know! The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, which runs Nov. 5-7, is an all-volunteer-run, grassroots festival that brings together national, regional and local artists and folk organizations for more than 80 high-quality folk performances and participatory activities throughout downtown Urbana. … [Read more...]

Chambana Mom to Know: Molly Delaney

 The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation's fourth annual Adult Spelling Bee Fundraiser is at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the City View Banquet Center at the Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign. Cost to register a team is $150, and includes your food and entertainment for the evening. Team registration deadline is Oct. 23. Cost for a spectator pass is $25 and also includes … [Read more...]

Chambana Moms to Know: Kathie Spegal and Lynn Sprout

Saturday night is the latest edition of the That's What She Said show, where women share their stories at the Virginia Theatre. Today, we bring you the tale of two Chambana moms/grandmas who will take the stage on Saturday to talk about the right to love who you want. Meet Kathie Spegal and Lynn Sprout: The similarities in Kathie Spegal's and Lynn Sprout's … [Read more...]

Chambana Mom to Know: Justine Bursoni

Justine Bursoni is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but she started photography in high school -- and never stopped. Now Bursoni is a professional photographer who routinely jet sets around the country  -- mostly to New York City -- to capture some of life's most intimate moments, also known as weddings. She is also the brains behind the Made … [Read more...]