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MASTERPIECE POLITICAL THEATER
by Local Yocal
SPRINGFIELD- The uproar here in this university town is fairly consistent in its understanding of what the recent passage of pension reform means: it diminishes and impairs pension benefits for state employees. While few of us who have had our food stamps cut, or will have our unemployment benefits withdrawn, or suffer the indignities of earning restaurant or Walmart pay, can ever feel sorry for these people; it is noteworthy to watch the middle class cry foul when they too are betrayed by their government.
This may be overcynical here, but it seems Speaker At-It-Again knows darn well this legislation violates the Constitution. Unknown is how the justices who will rule on the lawsuits to follow Tuesday's vote, can weasel around this language. Then again, we've seen a mandate to buy health insurance become "a new tax," so anything can happen.
by Local Yocal
CHAMPAIGN- In a recent News-Gazette article, City of Champaign Planning and Development Director Bruce Knight and Champaign County Economic Development Corporation Deputy Director Eric Kotewa both lamented how difficult it is to attract new business into old abandoned spaces. Left to sit, properties become hazardous eye sores draining the economy. In addition, the city of Champaign already has too much un-used office and retail space nobody wants. Most start-ups and national franchises want fresh properties built-to-suit on the fringes of town, rather than configure into what is already available.
HOW CRIMINAL CASES SHOULD BE COVERED IN THE MEDIA
by Local Yocal
URBANA- In a recent case against a U of I football staff member, crime reporter for The News-Gazette, Mary Schenk, may have finally gone too far.
Democratic Candidate for Congress in the 13th District, David Green, delivered this speech below on Oct. 20, 2013. The question now is will the other 2 candidates for the March 18th primary be willing to debate Green.
"My campaign invokes FDR’s New Deal and the Occupy movement of the 99%; it is rooted in the idea that the idleness of those who want to work is unnecessary and is to nobody’s benefit; that we are a rich country that must choose not to have poor people and especially poor children; and that there is enough for everyone, and that it is the right of everyone to have enough. It is a campaign of analysis, ideas, compassion, and vision.
My campaign is also in opposition to U.S.-driven predatory global capitalism and the immoral wars needed to maintain an unjust and class-driven system of radical inequality, increased poverty, and species-threatening climate change, all while recklessly flirting with the threat of nuclear war.
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR JOB OPENING
Full time with benefits.
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (UCIMC), a local grassroots organization committed to using media production and distribution as tools for promoting social and economic justice in the Champaign County area, seeks a permanent, full-time Operations Director.
We are seeking a person with a commitment to social justice, strong customer service and communication skills, with an attention to detail.
Press reports indicate that the bill to approve gay marriage in Illinois has now passed both the State House and Senate. It is now on it's way to Gov. Quinn's desk, who has said he will sign it. Marriage begins for all next June 1. Congratualtions to all who've worked so long to demand equal treatment before the law for all, no matter who they love!
by Monica Davey and Steve Yaccino
The Illinois House of Representatives voted Tuesday to allow same-sex couples to wed, ending months of delay over the issue in the Capitol and clearing the way for Illinois to become the 15th state, along with the District of Columbia, to permit gay couples to marry.
The vote was 61 to 54, mostly along partisan lines, with only three Republicans voting yes. Eleven Democrats voted no, and two voted present.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has removed coal-related educational sections from its website, less than two weeks after the launch of a grassroots campaign demanding that the pages be taken down.
The website sections were supposed to educate children about energy, but had been widely denounced because they focused on misleading pro-coal messages.
On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, Carol Ammons announced her candidacy for the 103rd District of the Illinois House of Representatives. The seat has become open since Naomi Jakobsson announced her retirement. Ammons has a long track record as a local service provider and community organizer. She is co-founder of CU Citizens for Peace and Justice. She has served on the Champaign County Board and is currently a member of the Urbana City Council. She recently resigned as Operations Manager of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center.
Below is a speech she gave in front of the Lincoln statue in Carle Park in Urbana.
“Spring Awakening” is up and running (through Oct 5) and consuming most of my time, so little posting here. But you guys in comments have been doing an amazing job keeping it going.
On October 6, I will be giving a major presentation:
“Drug Wars Assault on Justice – a talk with Pete Guither”
Sunday, October 6 at 4:00 pm
Hanson Student Center
Illinois Wesleyan University
The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center Foundation is seeking applications for its IMC Guest Artist program. Applications are due Friday October 4, 2013 to email@example.com or submit to IMC staff. The goal of the program is to provide an artist space, community, and motivation to work while enriching the community through engagement with art. Artwork includes visual art, music, writing, performance, and conceptual work. The program runs 3 months from October 15, 2013 – January 15, 2014.
The IMC Guest Artist is provided with:
The IMC Guest Artist is expected to:
Mr. Chris Alix and Mr. James Quisenberry August 14, 2013
Champaign County Board
1776 E. Washington St.
Urbana, IL 61802
On February 20th of this year, several members of the Lierman Neighborhood Action Committee met with you and Mr. Kalmanoff, the Champaign County Board’s consultant on jail-related issues. Our aim was to add the concerns of residents living in closest proximity to the jail to the mix of voices bringing information and ideas to the County.
The Human Services Council of Champaign County, Illinois, is pleased to announce Cultural Competency Café, a one-day professional training in diversity and cultural competency on Friday, October 4, 2013. Established in 1974, the Human Services Council is an association of over 60 public and not-for-profit organizations whose mission is to enhance interagency coordination and collaboration in the delivery of human services, and to provide for an ongoing exchange of information that will improve the lives of those it serves.
In 2009, Urbana considered and then put aside what was called a "Chronic criminal nuisance ordinance." A News-Gazette article about it noted that the ordinance was never really killed off as much as discussion about it was suspended.
There has been no mention of it lately.
While never enacted, Urbana's proposed law was designed to displace alledgedly criminal occupants from properties of "problem" landlords. One of the criticisms at the time was the disproportionate impact such an ordianance would have on minorities and women.
Where is Waldo?
Well, I'm lost and not sure. Please help return me to those who love me. I went out last Thursday (August 22) but then I got lost (from the 600 block of East Green St.) People have spotted me near the Bahai Center on Green St. and in the 300 block of South Lynn, but I am confused about which way is home.
You can contact my owners through this email address (because I can't since I don't have opposable thumbs):
As you can see by my picture, I have beautiful black-and-white fur that is bushy twoards the back. Some say I have a skunk-like tail, but I don't do that skunk thing. I am neutered and have a micro-chip. I weigh almost 20 pounds, but I'm a lover not a fighter (mostly.) I'm probably a little confused right now -- and looking less than perfect -- but I'm still friendly. If you've seen me, please let them know with an email.
What is a nüz/böx?
First, it’s spelled with an X, a Z, two ümlaüts and a slash/. Even the name calls your attention. The pronunciation of nüz/böx is intentionally ambiguous. How do you pronounce it?
Pronunciation, like many aspects of a nüz/böx, is something the curator(s) – which is you if you decide you want to do it – give(s) form and direction to. A nüz/böx is purposely designed along minimalist lines, of concept, architecture, labor, and materials. It’s easy to do.
In simple terms, a nüz/böx is a hyperlocal, off-the-grid nexus of news, media and arts hosted by one or more households. There’s just one so far in the whole world, but I think it has wide appeal. Your neighborhood can have one …or more! I intentionally designed it to be a flexible concept, but can see networks of people joining together to put nüz/böxes along streets around town
by Americans for Safe Access
Nearly 40 percent of U.S. population lives in states that have legalized medical marijuana
SPRINGFIELD, IL – – Governor Pat Quinn signed House Bill 1 into law today, making Illinois the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana. Nearly 40 percent of people in the U.S. now live in states that have adopted such laws.
The Illinois “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program” Act creates a framework to protect physicians and certain qualified medical marijuana patients from arrest and prosecution. HB1 was passed 35-21 by the Illinois House in April, and 61-57 by the Senate in May. HB1, which is scheduled to sunset in four years, was called one of the most restrictive laws in the country by its Senate sponsor Bill Haine (D-Alton). The new law is set to take effect on January 1, 2014.