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Urbana’s new marijuana dispensary, NuMed, opening October 25th

Champaign-Urbana's second marijuana dispensary will be opening October 25th. This comes after the first dispensary opened earlier this year, Phoenix Botanicals.

NuMed will be located at 105 E. University Avenue in Urbana, which Chris wrote about way back in 2014.

Per the News-Gazette:

URBANA — NuMed Urbana, the second medical cannabis dispensary that will operate in Champaign-Urbana, plans to open at 11 a.m. Oct. 25.

The owners are offering tours of the new facility at 105 E. University Ave., U, to the public in advance of the opening, from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and again from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday.


Neutral Cycle hosting Fix a Flat Workshop this Thursday

If you use your bicycle regularly, you'll know that a flat tire is a surprisingly common problem. Luckily, Neutral Cycle will be hosting a workshop this Thursday that will show you how to properly and quickly change your tire should you need to for only $10. 

They'll also be holding a contest for who can change a flat tire the fastest, which should prove to be both hilarious and fun. The event kicks off at 6:30, and will be held at Neutral's shop on 5th Street in Campustown.

From the Facebook Event:

Learn how to fix your own flats at this Community Workshop hosted by Neutral Cycle bike shop. For $10 you get:

- Set of Tire Levers
- Tube that fits your bike
- FREE Entry to the Competition

We will provide wheels, but you can bring your own bike. Register & pay in store for the workshop and/or the competition.

Flat Competition begins at 7:30pm
Think you got what it takes to fix a flat the fastest?

- Multiple rounds will accomodate different skill levels.
- Top prize is a $100 Gift Card!

Lawyer from NY Times, who was raised in Monticello, responds to Donald Trump

With the general election looming so close in the future, there is seemingly a new story for any ideology that goes viral almost daily. Yesterday, that story consisted of the accusations levied against Donald Trump (by multiple women) concerning sexual harassment. Trump's attorneys immediately did what any privileged entity does (Scientology, anyone?), and threatened legal action against the New York Times for sharing the stories of the victims, which they claimed as false and libel.

Then, the Times responded with an extremely eloquently written letter from their Vice President and Assistant General Counsel David McCraw, which states (among other things): 

"There is a larger and much more important point here. The women quoted in our story spoke out on an issue of national importance - indeed, an issue that Mr. Trump himself discussed with the whole nation watching during Sunday night's presidential debate. Our reporters diligently worked to confirm the women's accounts. They provided readers with Mr. Trump's response, including his forceful denial of the women's reports. It would have been a disservice not just to our readers but to democracy itself to silence their voices. We did what the law allows: We published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern. If Mr. Trump disagrees, if he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say and that the law of this country forces us and those who would dare to criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight."

To read the full letter, click here.

Furthermore, however, as if that wasn't interesting enough, there is a local component to this particular viral sensation: David McCraw was born and raised right here in central Illinois in nearby Monticello, where he graduated high school in 1972.

From one Monticello grad to another, David has truly made our town, and central Illinois, proud for his thoughtful yet biting response to the truly confusing cacophony that is the Trump campaign. Plus it's always cool when central Illinois is nationally relevant, right?

h/t my parents Ann Boswell and Keddy Hutson, who alerted me to this local connection.


American Football playing Foellinger Auditorium on December 4th

We've reported on C-U emo legend American Football's long-awaited second album, and along with that comes a bit of a hometown show for the Polyvinyl band.

On December 4th, American Football will be playing Foellinger Auditorium on campus, will cost $23 for students and $26 for the public. Doors will open and the show will start at 8.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, October 12th, and more information will become available via the Facebook event here.


Rodney Davis pulls support from presidential nominee Donald Trump

In August, I wrote about how our Rep. Rodney Davis had accepted a position on Donald Trump's campaign as an advisor, showing that he was committed to the truly vile and hateful campaign that Donald Trump has run thus far.

Apparently, however, the latest leak from The Washington Post has gone too far for our Rodney, causing him to pull his support, like many others have, from the vicious Republican nominee.

I'm not sure why it took these secret tapes to cause this moral turnaround, instead of his comments about banning all Muslims, labeling all Mexican immigrants as criminals, or his mocking of a physically handicapped reporter, all of which happened before Rep. Davis pulled his support. What I am sure of, however, is that I am much more proud to have a politician represent me (and the rest of central Illinois) who can recognize a demagogue than not, so better late than never, Rod.

Make no mistake about it, Rodney Davis is still a nut job, but at least now he's a nut job who's not supporting Donald Trump. He did, however, endorse Mike Pence, who by all accounts still doesn't support LGBT rights and Social Security, because he's pretty batshit crazy too - but it's about baby steps, I guess. I'll take what I can get.

Read Rep. Davis' full statement below:

"As parents of a teenage daughter and teen twin boys, my wife and I teach them to respect women and that they will be judged by their words and actions.

The abhorrent comments made by Donald Trump are inexcusable and go directly against what I've been doing in Washington to combat assaults on college campuses. Because of this, I am rescinding my support for Donald Trump and asking to have my name removed from his agriculture advisory committee. With the terrible options America has right now, I cannot cast my vote for any of the candidates, so I hope Donald Trump withdraws from the race so the American people can elect Mike Pence as our next president."


Hot damn: Another U of I connect is destroying Jeopardy! to the tune of $231K

After August's news about Pranjal Vachaspati — a PhD. student at the University of Illinois — winning over $137K on Jeopardy!, we're not done yet. 

Per this Illinois tweet, Illinois '13 alum Seth Wilson has won ten games and over $231K himself. From the article:

Ten games and $231,801 in, Seth Wilson is well into a monumental winning streak, passing the likes of Buzzy Cohen, Dan Pawson and Jason Keller to hold sixth place on the “All-Time Games Won” list. So who is this contestant that Alex credits as causing “Wilson mania,” and what are his secrets to doing so well?


City of Champaign fall yard waste collection begins October 10th

For those of you who live in Champaign and have a tree, the City of Champaign will be collecting bags of leaves and bundles of sticks and branches completely free of charge if you live within city limits.

For more information, check out the press release, which includes a schedule of which locations will be picked up at which time: 


Champaign – the City of Champaign Fall Yard Waste Collection program will run from October 10 through December 9, 2016.  Collection is available to all City of Champaign residential properties within City limits at no charge.  This program provides a green alternative for yard waste disposal.

Residents may participate by placing bagged leaves or bundled branches and twigs at the curb no later than 6:00 a.m. on their scheduled collection date.  Residents should refer to the map and schedule below to determine their collection dates (Map reflects general City boundaries only.) 

More information on the program can be found on the City’s website at and on the City’s television site, CGTV-Cable Channel 5.  Residents are also encouraged to sign up for automatic e-mail notification of this and all future yard waste collections at the City’s website


U of I announces plans for south end zone renovation at Memorial Stadium

Good news, Illini football fans. Just today, the University of Illinois has announced a new renovation to the south end zone (colloquially known as "the horseshoe"), to be finished by 2019 and new renovations to the east stands, completed by 2020.

For lifelong fans like myself, this will certainly make the U of I more interesting to recruits, especially the recruits that Lovie Smith has a chance of landing, so I suppose it can't be all bad. Also included will be new locker rooms and trainer facilities. The new spruce-ups will cost in total around $120 - $132 million. For those interested, the U of I has released an extremely helpful FAQ on their website for any more questions you may have.

In the meantime, enjoy their hype video they released this morning - it's pretty cool:

Rendering by the University of Illinois

Local debates streaming online tonight

If the general election weren't enough for you, there are a slew of local debates between Democrats and Republicans coming up this evening at the Champaign City Council Chambers. For more information, check out check out the information below:


7:00pm Auditor: Democrat George Danos vs. Republican John Farney

7:45pm States Attorney: Democrat Julia Rietz vs. Republican George Vargas

8:45pm Recorder: Democrat Matt Duco vs. Republican Mark Shelden


In Person:

Champaign City Council Chambers
102 N. Neil St.
Champaign, IL 61820

Steam Online:

Through the City of Champaign's CGTV (Click HERE)