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The Land Connection is seeking volunteers

The Land Connection is seeking volunteers to help set up their Champaign Farmers Market on Tuesdays. With students mostly gone, it's a tricky time to find volunteer help. Interested? 

More info on volunteering is available here

Interested volunteers can also email:

Photo provided by The Land Connection


CATALYZE tech event is May 22nd at Research Park

From the Facebook event:

Want to build your network and grow your career in the Champaign-Urbana tech scene? Join us at CATALYZE for drinks and snacks while enjoying conversation and building connections in an informal but organized environment.

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 grow the CU tech professional community, welcome newcomers, and build relationships. We encourage you to bring resumes and business cards. Free to attend - no preregistration required.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
5:30 - 7 PM

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

Who should attend? Professionals looking to build relationships; job-seekers looking for full-time opportunities.

What should you bring? Resumes and business cards are welcome, but not required.

What should you wear? Business casual attire, please.

For updates, please visit

If your company is interested in participating, please contact Jenny Kim ( or Carly McCrory (

Presented by University of Illinois Research Park & You're Welcome CU.

Top photo by Patrick Singer


Museum of the Grand Prairie is hosting a Summer Concert Series

The series kicks off June 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden in Mahomet with a performance by Candy Foster and Shades of Blue. Here are the other concerts in the series:

July 8th: Young & the Fretless

August 12th: Jean-René Balekita and Bomoyi

The concerts are free, open to all ages, and there will be refreshments for purchase.

Photo from Facebook


C-U's George Will in Washington Post: "Trump is no longer the worst person in government"

Champaign's George Will (pictured right) is a pretty frequent contributor to The Washington Post. The political commentator left the GOP in 2016, and yesterday, the Post published this scorcher of a column: "Trump is no longer the worst person in government". You should give it a read, I'd imagine it'll show up in your newsfeed today at some point.


WILL has a new web series featuring classical musicians from Central Illinois

The series is called Classical: BTS, and it's produced by Illinois Public Media. It features local classical musicians who may not be familiar to the masses, but who have unique and inspirational stories to tell.

Unfortunately, one of the featured musicians, Steve Schmidt, passed away this past weekend. Makes his mini-documentary an important testament to his life and career.

You can view the entire six-part series on the Illinois Public Media website. Want to discuss? Head to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram any time and use the hashtag #WILLclassicalbts.

You can also find out more about the series by listening to this interview with producer Lisa Bralts and producer/director Isaac Musgrave.


Polyvinyl Records is looking for interns

Summer Internship (Champaign-Urbana office):

Polyvinyl is currently seeking summer internship applicants for at least one open position at PVHQ in Champaign, IL — this intern will assist the Marketing Department with promotions and digital marketing.

Each internship is part-time (9-12 hour/week) and unpaid, however, credit may be available if your college approves.

Our ideal intern is:

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • Detail oriented with exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and goal-driven, solving challenges proactively; able to work well collaboratively as well as independently.
  • Willing to learn while managing multiple tasks.

Full posting available here.

To apply, please email with your resume and cover letter.


The News-Gazette's Tom Kacich is retiring

Fortunately for his readers, he will not be bowing out completely. After working as a reporter and columnist for 43 years, Kacich will be pulling back, but will continue to write a Sunday column as well as continue answering your questions through Tom's Mailbag. 

You can read more about it here.

Photo from the Pygmalion website


Boswell Hutson's co-authored piece published in Washington Post

You might remember Boswell Hutson's byline here at Smile Politely as recently as August 2017. Hutson is from Monticello, but lives now in Champaign, and was a part of this here magazine for a good chunk of time.

Today, an article that he has co-written was published on The Washington Post called "Ben Carson called this small Illinois town a ‘dying community.’ Its people, and basketball, are hanging on". The article was co-written by Hutson and Jesse Dougherty, with photos and video to accompany it by Michael Robison Chavez. Read it, linked above.