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Prairie Rivers Network challenges Rep. Rodney Davis to host an in-district town hall meeting

It's no secret that our U.S. Representative Rodney Davis has been missing from Illinois' 13th District lately, whether it be digitally over social media, at his office or even via his official phone numbers/email addresses (which we have called incessantly, asking for an interview). It even prompted us to ask "Where's Rodney?" earlier this week.
 
Well today, there is an official invitation to Rep. Davis, extended by the Prairie Rivers Network, to come to the 13th and hold a town hall meeting with us, his consituents, revealed yesterday via their Facebook Page.
 
If you are a constituent who shares the same clean water concerns as the PRN, or are curious why Rodney won't answer any of our questions, feel free to reach out to him. He does work for us, after all. Rep. Davis can be reached at:
 
(202) 225-237 or via email here.
 
A description of Prairie Rivers Network, as well as the Facebook post asking to call the meeting, can be found below: 
 
Prairie Rivers Network promotes the restoration of polluted rivers and the preservation of pristine rivers - with the goal of safeguarding resources for future generations.

We work for native river populations of fish and riverside wildlife, as well as rivers able to function as floodwater protection and rivers providing safe drinking water.

We are Illinois' only statewide river conservation organization, and the state affiliate of National Wildlife Federation (www.nwf.org).
 
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Former President Barack Obama - the U of I’s next commencement speaker?

There is now a movement to bring former President Barack Obama to Champaign-Urbana to speak at the 2017 commencement address on May 13th.  

More information on the campaign, which includes a fledgling Twitter account and a Facebook event, can be found here:

Join the student campaign to bring Barack Obama to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as our 2017 Commencement speaker.

Here's how you can help:

Sign the Change.org petition here: https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-invite-barack-obama-to-be-illinois-2017-commencement-speaker

Share your invitation with Barack Obama on Facebook or Twitter at twitter.com/barackobama

Join us on 1/30/17 for a letter writing event. Pens, paper and cookies supplied in the Illini Union south lounge.

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PechaKucha Night C-U, Volume 23 takes place February 11th

PechaKucha Night C-U returns for another night of captivating stories and unique perspectives! First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have become international phenomena that use a simple concept to create big community exchanges. Presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, works, and passions for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat.

THE DETAILS:

  • Saturday, February 11th, 2017
  • The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Avenue, Champaign
  • Doors open at 7:30 pm, show at 8:20 pm
  • Admission: $10 in advance/ $15 at the door
  • Tickets available online at the Virginia Theatre website
  • Possible Mature Content, 18+ recommended

Get ready for ten thought-provoking presentations:

  • Isaac Arms: Community & Culture Through Music: What We Find / What We Leave Behind
  • Ainslie Heilich: Living the Tuscola Dream
  • Kelsey Langley: Child's Play
  • Kate McDowell: Storytelling Thinking for Professionals
  • David Michael Moore: Design to Make a Difference
  • Hugh Monahan: The Empathy of Games
  • Nicole Musumeci: Growing Community
  • Kirby Pringle: Benefits of Creating Habitat for Pollinators
  • Candice Solomon-Strutz: Raising Children in an Interracial Family
  • Sierra Young: Blow-Up and Robot Stories

We are excited to welcome Ralph Roether to the stage as our emcee for the night!

Let your friends know you are coming by RSVPing on Facebook!

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PECHA KUCHA NIGHT C-U?

For additional info, or if interested in presenting at a future PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana, visit here.

Check out the global website to get a sense of the magnitude of the event as well as our city page..

Follow us on Twitter: @pechakuchaCU
Become a fan on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pechakuchaCU
For more information about CUDO visit thecudo.org

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Coworking coming to DT Champaign? Collider CoWork hosting open house February 3rd

There's an upcoming event happening in the space that exists above Gallery 217 in Downtown Champaign, showcasing the future space for coworking.

It takes place on February 3rd from 7-10 p.m. at 9 E. University. This would be a great thing for Downtown, seeing as how there would be more people working in the area.

From the Facebook event:

Coworking is coming to downtown Champaign!

Come enjoy food from Watson's Shack & Rail, music, drinks, and virtual reality gaming (courtesy of VR League) in the future home of Collider CoWork!

Collider CoWork will be a coworking and incubator space located right in downtown Champaign. A home for active entreprenuers, software devlopers, freelance artists and anyone interested becoming a part of an active and creative community.

Most of all, tell us what you would like to see in your local co-working space!

If you are interested in becoming a member or partner in our business please come enjoy the event - more info will be available there!

Thanks to David Schiller and Alec Gillespie for the information.

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Rodney Davis: dingus of the year, and it’s only January

In what appears to be a stunt to disprove the ever-likely claim that he is a robot, Illinois' 13th District's own resident dingus-in-command, Rep. Rodney Davis, took to Twitter today to be very...interactive with some commenters.

First, it started with a pretty objectively not-funny joke:

Then, when confronted about his (again, objectively not funny) joke, he responded to some haters with a few zingers (I use that term sarcastically because these tweets are borderline nonsensical):

But here's the best part, and I'll get to why this is the best part below the pictures:

This is all good fun until you remember that Davis' comments seem to mirror the flippant and careless nature of our President-Elect, which is an extremely troubling trend to see from politicians in the United States, especially those that are about to rip healthcare out of the hands of more than 20 million Americans with no legitimate replacement in place.

What's even more bothersome, however, is Davis' insistence that his own constituents should stop engaging with him on Twitter instead of trying to have a dialogue.

The reason that that is so bothersome is because listening to the concerns of these very people is the only-fucking-reason this man's job even exists. He doesn't get to just brush us off. That's not how democracy works.

Rep. Davis is supposed to represent us, as citizens of Illinois' 13th District, and that means giving people a valid explanation when their services are being taken away, something the Rod-ster doesn't seem to be able to do.

Honestly, Rod, just give us an explanation of why you are doing this, instead of poorly trolling your constituents on Twitter. You work for us. It's the least you could do. 

Illinois' 13th is watching you, Rod.

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Allerton Park hosting Lunar New Year event on February 4th

Did you know that it's the year of the rooster? Me neither. Luckily, thanks to the good folks at Allerton Park and the U of I's Asian American Cultural Center, I now know, and can celebrate accordingly.

Allerton will be throwing a party to celebrate the occasion, kicking off at 5 p.m. on February 4th. Rooms thoughout the mansion and in the grounds' various guest houses will be available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, check out the info on this unique opportunity from Allerton below:

Lunar New Year

February 4 @ 5:00 PM - February 5 @ 12:00 PM

Come celebrate the Year of the Rooster at Allerton’s Lunar New Year celebration, in collaboration with the University of Illinois’ Asian American Cultural Center. Start the evening in the Mansion’s Library with a presentation on the history of the Lunar New Year, as well as an overview of Asian influences in Allerton artwork. Then, enjoy a short festive performance from the Champaign-Urbana Chinese Folkdance Club before dinner in the Carriage House with guest Chef Kit Lee. After a continental breakfast the next morning, bundle up for a Garden Tour and view some of the Allerton statuary with Asian influences.

Double Occupancy (2/room): $180/couple
Single Occupancy (1/room): $143/person
Seminar + Dinner Only (No Overnight): $45/person

A cash bar will be available.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Please note: Overnight accomodations will be in the Mansion or a guest house on the estate. Rooms will be assigned on a “first come, first served” basis. For specific room requests (i.e., number/size of beds, location, handicapped accessibility, etc.) please email Jordan at jmgiffor@illinois.edu. You can view all guestrooms here.

Click here for a schedule of events.

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State Rep. Carol Ammons’ Champaign office is hiring

From Carol Ammons' website:

Urbana, Ill. – The Champaign District Office for State Representative Carol Ammons is now hiring for a Constituent & Administrative Services Staff. 

The Constituent & Administrative Services Staff provides assistance and resources to constituents who contact the district office regarding a variety of issues. This position acts as a liaison to district and local agencies for the State Representative and constituents and answers casework correspondence and verbal communications with constituents. This position also provides critical administrative support to the Chief of Staff.

To be successful in this post, professionalism, reliability, and problem-solving are required. This is a position with a diverse array of responsibilities and requires someone who is a self-starter, always looking to improve processes, and comfortable with technology. Due to the dual office nature of the position, one office in Champaign and one in Springfield, technology is an integral piece of the job. It is not expected that the ideal candidate already knows how to use the variety of platforms the office utilizes but that they are competent with computer use in general, versed in Microsoft applications, and comfortable using technology as a primary vehicle for communication.

The position is 30 hours per week at $15/hour. The office space is ADA accessible and located on University Avenue in Champaign, between 4th and 5th streets. This position requires experience working in multicultural communities. Equal opportunity employer, women, and minority candidates encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit your resume and an answer, with no more than 250 words, the question: “What is the purpose of an elected official offering constituent services?” send to assistance@staterepcarolammons.com. No phone calls, please.

Top photo from Ammons' website.

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U of I alum Tatyana McFadden makes Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017

U of I alum and badass Olympian Tatyana McFadden has been honored as a part of Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017. While this comes as very little surprise because of her accomplishements — definitely worth the mention here.

Per the U of I Twitter account:

Photo from McFadden's Facebook page.