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Want to watch tonight’s Betsy Dirksen Londrigan/Rodney Davis debate?

Illinois Public Media is hosting a debate between the two IL-13 candidates in their studios tonight at 7 p.m. While the debate is not open to the public, they will be streaming it live on their Facebook page

From their post:
 

Join us for the Illinois 13th Congressional District debate between Republican incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis and Democrat challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

Moderated by Niala Boodhoo, host of The 21st, the debate will feature questions from panelists Brian Moline and Jaclyn Driscoll as well as constituents from around the district.

NOTE: Questions from constituents were submitted ahead of the debate.

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You can help clean up Boneyard Creek on America Recycles Day

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity for yourself, your family, or a group that you are involved with, here's a great way to be involved in the community. Keep Champaign Beautiful is hosting America Recycles Day @ Boneyard Creek on November 10th. They are currently asking those wanting to participate to pre-register so they can plan for the day. Here's what you need to know:

  • Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10 a.m. to Noon. Meet at the north end of the North First Street Parking lot next to Prosperity Gardens at 302 N. First Street.
  • A free pizza lunch will be provided.
  • Wear sensible shoes
  • The City of Champaign will provide gloves, buckets, and pick-up sticks.

Photo from Keep Champaign Beautiful Facebook page

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We’re giving away tickets to Jim James at Canopy Club October 17th

Are you a non-student and interested in winning a pair of tickets to see Jim James of My Morning Jacket at the Canopy Club on Wednesday, October 17th as a part of his stop on "The Future Is Voting" tour? Well, here's your chance.

Head over to Twitter and retweet this post below to enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. We'll select winners at random tomorrow, so stay tuned.

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Patriot Front “activists”, aka white nationalists, are promoting hate in C-U

Patriot Front is a white nationalist group that states they are "reclaiming America" apparently has some boots on the ground here in Champaign-Urbana. The News-Gazette has reported that the group and their "activists" put up dozens of stickers and posters around campus at the U of I.

Essentially, this is another white nationalist group trying to pass themselves off as a political organization exercising their right to free speech, but they aren't bright enough to realize what they're actually doing is spreading hate speech.

Here's their tweet claiming the activity as their own:

Top photo from Patriot Front's tweet.

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CATALYZE networking event is Thursday, October 18th

This year's CATALYZE networking event is coming up next week, Thursday, October 18th, at EnterpriseWorks at Research Park. Read more about the event below, but also, this year there will be a demo from a few companies showcasing their technology: EarthSense, LifeFoundry and PhotoniCare.

Here's the information from the Facebook event:

Want to learn more about tech companies in Champaign-Urbana and/or build your network and grow your career? Join us for CATALYZE on October 18! 

Meet with employers located in Research Park and the local Champaign-Urbana community that range from Fortune 500 companies to startups. 

This is not a career fair, but an opportunity to showcase the Champaign-Urbana tech community, welcome newcomers, and build relationships. 

Some companies in attendance will be hiring. We do encourage job seekers to bring resumes and business cards. We'll also have on-site resume reviews available in various conference rooms. 

Free to attend - no preregistration required.

Thursday, October 18, 2018
5:30 - 7 PM 

EnterpriseWorks Atrium at University of Illinois Research Park
60 Hazelwood Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

For updates, please visit http://researchpark.illinois.edu/catalyze.

If your company is interested in participating, please contact Carly McCrory (carly@champaigncountyedc.org).

Presented by University of Illinois Research ParkChampaign County Economic Development Corporation, and You're Welcome CU.

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Triptych just made buying a gift for your favorite beer-lovers easier

You can now give the gift of beer while sitting on your couch in your PJs — perhaps while drinking a beer. Triptych has begun offering online gift cards just in time to start thinking about your holiday shopping. 

Ha! Just kidding, I haven't started thinking about holiday shopping. But you can be sure they will be promoting this new option a bit more in the next couple of months, and this could come super handy for those last minute gift emergencies. 

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Trumpaganda, a new Journalism course at U of I, being offered this fall

There's a new course coming to the U of I this fall: Trumpaganda. 

This Journalism 460 course, fully titled "Trumpaganda: The war on facts, press and democracy" examines the "Trump administration’s disinformation campaign, its “running war” with the mainstream news media, and their implications for American democracy and a free press." 

The course is available starting October 22, and it has been picked up by national media, including Politico. Read the full course description:

JOUR 460

Trumpaganda: The war on facts, press and democracy - This course examines the Trump administration’s disinformation campaign, its “running war” with the mainstream news media, and their implications for American democracy and a free press. As a candidate, Trump employed the most common propaganda device, name-calling, to define, degrade, discredit and destroy his primary opponents as well as the “fake” news media. By the second year in his presidency, President Trump’s rhetorical attacks on mainstream media continue—he has labeled them the “enemy of the people”—and not only dominate his tweets but also are a centerpiece of his every press conference and public statement. Previous American administrations have had a contentious relationship with the news media, but the Trump administration’s conflict with the press is different in strategies and tactics, challenging Americans’ tendency to think of propaganda as something that doesn’t happen in democratic societies.

Top image is a screenshot from Trump Draws: The National/YouTube, Remix by Jason Reed

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Technically voter registration ends for Illinois today, but it really doesn’t

I've seen this posted a bunch of places, as many states have a registration deadline today, and it's a bit confusing. 

Today is the last day that you can register in person at the County Clerk's office or through motor voter registration at the DMV (or various other places). You can register to vote online through 10/21 (according to info I found through Rock the Vote and the New York Times — I could not find it anywhere on the County Clerk site or Illinois elections site).* You have until 4:30 p.m. today to register using one of those two methods. 

HOWEVER. Tomorrow will begin Grace Period Voting, which extends through 7 p.m. on November 6th. You can go to any early voting location or to your polling place on election day and register in person, then immediately cast your ballot. So make sure that you are ready to do so if you utilize this option. You can look up your voter registration and see your sample ballot here.

Also, vote. Please.

*This was corrected from an earlier statement that said online registration closed today.

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This retrospective on the Co-Ed Theatre in Campustown is wonderful

The Champaign County History Museum is known for really doing a great job preserving and presenting the history of our community. This week, they published a very comprehensive retrospective about the Co-Ed Theatre that once sat in the heart of Campustown on the north side of Green St. between 6th and Wright. Today, it's where McDonald's, a Subway, Spoon House Korean Tacos, and other businesses sell food, below a six story tower of apartments. 

Take a look at the story here

My best memory of going to a movie there was in the summer of 1990, when my parents let my brother escort me on our bikes to Green St. We hit Record Service and Space Port and probably ate lunch at Zorba's or McDonald's (which literally was a stand alone restaurant just next to the Co-Ed in the middle of Green St. — you can see the remnants in the above photo but it had already closed and converted to a Chinese buffet by the time this picture was taken) and then my brother and his friends decided that they were going to try to get into see Die Hard 2, a summer blockbuster of monumental reputation, even though they were all just freshmen in high school and like 13 or 14 years old. I joined them, because, what else was I gonna do? 

Walked up to the ticket counter, and if my memory serves, dude was just like "Here ya go" and we waltzed in. I was 10. I think now, looking back, I realize that he was just a minimum wage employee, likely baked to the core on Thai stick, or whatever decent weed was around campus at that time. 

Anyhow, we didn't tell my parents, and it was absolutely awesome. I ate Sno-caps, and drank soda pop, basked in the glow of the cinema screen, watching John McClane yet again save Christmas from the terrorists. Two years in a row for that guy, who'd have guessed? 

I miss the Co-Ed. 

Here is a picture from way back in the day via the article: 

Photo above courtesy of Urbana Free Library Archives 

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Lodgic Everyday Community celebrating Grand Opening Thursday

Lodgic Everyday Community is set to officially open its doors on October 4th — that's tomorrow. Check out a sneak peek of the space from a little while back — Lodgic Everyday Workspace and Everyday Kitchen. Lodgic is located at 1807 S Neil St. in Champaign.

They're hosting a Grand Opening party tomorrow from 6-8 p.m., and you can RSVP here.

Top photo by Patrick Singer, other images from Lodgic's email blast.
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University Library announces redesign plans for Main Library

The University Library at the University of Illinois has announced their proposed plans to redesign the Main Library at 1408 W Gregory Drive. You can read all about the project below from their website and Facebook post.

From their Facebook post:

The University Library has announced plans to re-design the Main Library. The proposal involves the re-envisioning of Library spaces, including the creation of a new research hub focused on a substantial library collection with lecture rooms, collaboration space, and services to enrich the learning experience of students, along with a dedicated home for the Library’s special collections.

The University Library has announced plans to re-design the Main Library. The proposal involves the re-envisioning of Library spaces, including the creation of a new research hub focused on a substantial library collection with lecture rooms, collaboration space, and services to enrich the learning experience of students, along with a dedicated home for the Library’s special collections.

Renovating the Main Library Building has been on the University’s list of capital projects for the last decade. The oldest portion of the Main Library stacks, currently an inadequate environment for storing printed books and journals, will be replaced with an interdisciplinary research collaboration space that will leverage onsite browsable library collections focused on the humanities, the arts, and the social and behavioral sciences. This new space will also house many of the services and activities found in the Undergraduate Library, and envisions a unification and enhancement of services for all students currently located across the two facilities. The Undergraduate Library building will then become a unified destination for many of the Library’s special collections, now housed in various venues around campus.

“Now is the time to move forward with a new model of the research library,” said John P. Wilkin, dean of libraries and university librarian. “Our outstanding collections have been a boon to research and Illinois, and with this plan, we can better support interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences.”

The proposal will be developed further over the next year through discussions with campus and community stakeholders resulting in a conceptual plan for the space. A recent feasibility study estimates the Main Library renovation costs will come in under the $54 million state capital request. Several private gifts have already been secured in support of the project. The Library expects a completion date of 2024.

More information will be shared via a dedicated project website at www.library.illinois.edu/library-building-project.

Top photo from University Library's website.