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Credit cards compromised at Jimmy John’s shops

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Jimmy John's believes patrons of their establishment may have had their credit cards compromised. JJ's HQ calls Champaign home, and there are plenty of shops around C-U, so consider yourself warned.

Here's the information from the article above:

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • The Jimmy John's sandwich chain said Wednesday that it believes customers' credit card data was stolen from 216 of its shops, including at least eight in the St. Louis area.

The Champaign, Ill.-based chain said in a news release that someone stole log-in credentials and remotely installed malware on machines used to swipe credit cards. Some customers' credit card numbers, expiration dates, verification codes and names were stolen between June 16 and Sept. 15, the company said.

Here are the eight area locations that were affected and the time period during which information was stolen:

St. Louis: 5720 Oakland Avenue in St. Louis, June 16 to Aug. 9; 3822 Laclede Avenue in St. Louis, June 16 to Aug. 7; and 13 N. Euclid Avenue in St. Louis, June 27 to Aug. 1.

Hazelwood: 6064 North Lindbergh Boulevard in Hazelwood, June 26 to Aug. 9.

Creve Coeur: 11429 Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur, July 1 to Aug. 1.

St. Peters: 4865 Mexico Road in St. Peters, July 1 to Aug. 2.

University City: 6681 Delmar Boulevard in University City, July 3 to Aug. 1.

Collinsville: 501 Beltline Road, June 27 to Aug. 1.

Elsewhere in Missouri, stores in Cape Girardeau, Independence, Sedalia, Kirksville, Jefferson City, Parkville and Kansas City were also affected. In all, 14 stores in Missouri and 23 in Illinois were targeted. 

Jimmy John's said it believes its security has been restored by installing encrypted swipe machines and taking other steps. The chain did not say how many customers were affected.

The privately held company said it discovered the problem on July 30.

Jimmy John's has more than 2,000 locations.

Though the rest of the article doesn't say C-U has been directly involved, but take it for what it is worth. Also — never forget.


Allerton hosting Farm to Mansion dinner

The Allerton Park and Retreat Center is hosting a farm to mansion dinner, and the deadline to get tickets is tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17. 

The dinner is Sunday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m. and will feature a menu by Thad Morrow of bacaro. Here's the press release:

Allerton’s fall fundraiser to feature local chef, foods

Monticello – Allerton Park & Retreat Center will host a Farm-to-Mansion Dinner Fundraiser on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Allerton Park, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Tickets are limited and are available for $100. Call 217-333-3287 or visit allerton.illinois.edu.

Guests will enjoy an evening of farm-to-table food and conversation as Chef Thad Morrow, of Champaign’s Bacaro, highlights the flavors of the season with produce grown at the University of Illinois’ Sustainable Student Farm and meat sourced from Triple S Farms in Stewardson, IL. Tasting-portion samples of Chef Morrow’s culinary mastery will be complemented with beer from JT Walker’s Brewery in Mahomet, IL. Wine will also be available.

The event will raise money for continued stewardship and educational efforts in Allerton’s natural areas. “Our inaugural Garden Party fundraiser this Spring was a huge success, and we wanted to shift the focus from the gardens to another well-known and loved aspect of the Park,” said Bridget Frerichs, Allerton’s Director of Development. “We are looking forward to working with these local organizations to not only raise funds for Allerton, but to highlight their businesses and all that they are doing for our community.”

One of the first to get involved with the fundraiser was Stan Schutte of Triple S Farms. “I was excited to learn about the fundraiser for Allerton Park. Allerton is known for teaching 4-H groups, which we were heavily involved in, so it holds a special place in my heart,” Shutte said.  “I’m looking forward to the event.”

Besides being the site for the well-known 4-H Memorial Camp, operated  by the U of I Extension Service, Allerton Park & Retreat Center has hosted an increasing number of public events in the recent future, including summer nature camps and the U of I Credit Union Concert Series.

Tickets for the Farm-to-Mansion Dinner are $100 and must be purchased by September 17. Call 217-333-3287 or visit Allerton’s website to purchase tickets online.

Allerton Park & Retreat Center, located in Monticello, Illinois, is comprised of 1,500 acres of woodland, prairie areas, a Georgian-inspired manor house, a 10-acre meadow, formal sculpture gardens, and interpretive and primitive hiking trails. There is no admission fee to the Park; open daily 8 a.m. to sunset. For more information and to view other events, visit allerton.illinois.edu or call 217-333-3287.


Detailed 2014-15 Illini Basketball schedule announced

Per the IlliniHoops Twitter account, there have been more details revealed about the upcoming 2014-15 Illinois Basketball season. Sure, we're only a few games into the Illini Football season, but let's be real here. I doubt I'm the only one looking past that season at this point in time.

Here are the details:


The Color Run happening in Champaign on September 27th

The Color Run is happening in Champaign on Saturday, September 27th, and we're hosting the official information for the event right here in Smile Politely. Check out all the information about the event below, how to register, where the event takes place, and everything else you can imagine. Check it out below, and download the PDF here as well.


Cassette Store Day happening September 27th

Once again, record stores in Champaign-Urbana will be celebrating International Cassette Store Day on September 27th. Exile on Main Street and Error Records will both be participating, per the CSD website. I'm uncertain of what will be going down at Exile on this particular Saturday for CSD, but the Pygmalion Festival will be happening, so you might find yourself there anyway. Error Records' information is below (via their Facebook event).

Error Records is happy to be a participant in this year's Cassette Store Day. Just like Record Store Day, labels and bands release exclusive tapes just for this one day and you can only get them from independent record stores. Below is the list of releases that will be in stock. More will be added as the date gets closer.


7Seconds - Leave A Light On
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Christmas Island
Chuck Ragan - Till Midnight
Circle Jerks - Live At The House of Blues (2xCS)
Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
Dirt Wizard - No Son Of Mine (Error Records)
Foxygen - ...And Star Power (2xCS)
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
Obliterations - Obliterations/The Hole
Pujol - Reunited States of Being
Vivian Girls - Share The Joy
Zero Boys - History Of

Coachwhips - Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine
Dan Deacon - America
Damaged Bug - Hubba Bubba
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
Head Wound City - Head Wound City EP
Joy - Under The Spell Of Joy
Real Estate - Days
Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
+ more!

Also, take 10% off everything non-CSD in the store for 9/27 only!


2014 Urbana Business Survey to close on September 19th

The City of Urbana would like to remind Urbana businesses that the 2014 Urbana Business Survey will close September 19th, 2014. The City intends to use the survey feedback to recognize what areas of improvements are needed and address any concerns Urbana businesses may have to work towards creating changes for a better business community.

The Urbana Business Survey was first administered in 2002 and again in 2009 as a means of understanding the needs of Urbana business owners and how the City could further economic development in the community. The 2014 business survey will build upon those efforts and help the City to see which areas have grown or decreased over the last five years. In addition, the survey will also help give a larger understanding of what areas need more focus during the Tax Increment Financing District and Enterprise Zone renewal.

Businesses that participate in the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 VISA gift card. Only one survey entry per business is allowed. The survey is estimated to take about ten minutes. The survey can be found at: www.urbanaillinois.us/survey. The survey will close September 19, 2014.

If you are interested in learning more about the 2014 Urbana Business Survey, please contact Brandon Boys at 217-328-8270 or bsboys@urbanaillinois.us.


U of I’s Jodi Flaws featured in the New York Times

In a recent article in the New York Times, Jodi Flaws, a bioscientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was featured in Deborah Blum's article "In Plastics and Cans, a Threat to Women." Always cool to see U of I faculty featured in a substantial media outlet, so check out the article for yourself above.

Photo by Philippe Desmazes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.


Tapas dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm this Thursday

Heirloominous Farm and Slow Food Champaign Urbana are teaming up for a tapas style dinner party at Prairie Fruits Farm on Thursday, August 28th. Tickets are $40 plus $3.19 for processing. Purchase them here

Here's the info:

Join Heirloominous Farm and Slow Food Champaign Urbana for a tapas-style party at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery on August 28. The meal will feature cherry tomatoes, tomatilloes, melons, okra and basil grown by Heirloominous Farm's Shea Belahi. Live music and a tour of the farm are other features of the night. As with all events at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, the evening is BYOB.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Basil Aioli
Black Bean Chalupas with Verde Sauce
Roasted Cherry Tomato Crostini with Chevre and Marjoram
Pickled Watermelon Feta Salad
Pulled BBQ Chicken on Biscuits with Okra Pickles
Rice Pudding with Blackberries
Iced Tea

All proceeds will go to helping Heirloominous Farm go to Terra Madre 2014.

Slow Food International puts together Terra Madre as an international gathering of chefs, farmers, fishers, academics, artisans and more to exchange ideas and practices which strengthen the sustainable, local, and slow food movement every two years. Diversity and commitment to good, clean and fair food traditions are at the heart of Terra Madre.


The News-Gazette launches redesigned site

If you hadn't noticed yet — due to a specific set of circumstances for visiting their site — The News-Gazette has launched their brand new website with a full redesign. Check it out, as it is much cleaner than the previous site, and we all know how the last redesign went.

It'll take a bit of use to see how things are going with the new site, but overall, looks pretty good. Nice work, N-G!


Champaign Cycle named one of America’s Best Bike Shops

We just received notification that Champaign Cycle is one of America's Best Bike Shops. Check out the listing here.

The National Bicycle Dealers Association is proud to announce that your shop has been named one of America's Best Bike Shops for 2014!

Thanks to all of our customers for helping us be one of the best!