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Illinois Civil Unions Bill passes State House

From the Huffington Post:

The Illinois House of Representatives passed a historic civil unions bill Tuesday evening after many moving speeches on the House floor.

SB1716, the "Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act," was co-sponsored by openly gay Rep. Greg Harris, who worked tirelessly on the legislation.

"We have a chance today to make Illinois a more fair state, a more just state, and a state which treats all of its citizens equally under the law," Harris said on the House floor. "We have a chance here, as leaders have had in previous generations, to correct injustice and to move us down the path toward liberty."

The vote was 61-52, and the legislation now moves to the state Senate, where it is expected to be passed quickly and signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Read more here.


Chambana’s Got Talent! Coming to the IMC

Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL)'s Champaign Teen Awareness Group (TAG) will host Chambana's Got Talent! on Friday Dec 10th from 5:30-9pm at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center.

Chambana's Got Talent! will showcase the talent of local youth including music, comedy, spoken word, performance art, and much more.

Competitors will perform before a panel of celebrity judges and the winner will take home a grand prize. Attendees will also have the chance to vote for their favorite contestant.

Youth interested in competing should email by December 6th to register. Registration is $15 and open to all youth 18 and under.

Entry to the event is $5 at the door, and is open to everyone. Doors open at 5:30pm.


Robyn is coming, that’s pretty cool

Good news, everyone! Robyn (who you may recall absolutely killing at Pitchfork back in July) will make an appearance at Canopy Club on February 15th. Ticket are $23 in advance or $25 at the door. We're also hearing rumblings about a Kinsella-related project around that time.


Al Brosky dies at 82

From the SID:

Al BroskyFormer Illini Star Al Brosky Passes Away at 82
Still Holds Multiple NCAA Interception Records

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former Illinois football standout defensive back and College Football Hall of Fame member Al Brosky passed away on Sunday, Nov. 27, at the age of 82. Brosky played three seasons with the Fighting Illini from 1950-52, breaking NCAA records for career interceptions with 29, interceptions in consecutive games (15) and interceptions per game (1.1) during his career.

Brosky's wake will be Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 3–9 p.m. at the Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton, Ill. A funeral mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at St. Daniel the Prophet Catholic Church at 101 West Loop Rd., Wheaton, Ill.

Brosky's mark of 15 consecutive interceptions spanned parts of all three seasons he suited up for the Orange and Blue and included a 16th game with an interception, the 1952 Rose Bowl. During Brosky's tenure, the Illini accumulated a mark of 20-7-1, earned the 1951 Big Ten title with an undefeated 9-0-1 record and a 40-7 victory over Stanford in the 1952 Rose Bowl. That 1951 team also was recognized as national champions by the Boand System.

Including the Rose Bowl game, Brosky notched 30 interceptions in just 28 games and also served as an outstanding punt returner. He also helped the Illini to a 4-2 mark and a No. 11 finish in the UPI poll in 1950.


Small Business Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 27 is Small Business Saturday. There are many independent local shops throughout Chambana that are run by your friends, neighbors, and fellow community members. Most of the money spent at a local indie is put right back into the community.

For more info on Small Business Saturday and Shopping Local check out these two websites.

And check out ChambanaMoms for all the great local deals happening Friday and Saturday!


Elsinore, Santah and Common Loon to cap off year at Mike ‘n Molly’s

In a very appropriate bill in terms of the local albums with the biggest impact, Elsinore announced today that they will be headlining a New Year's Eve show at Mike n' Molly's with Common Loon and Santah. Needless to say Mike n' Molly's is very small, these three bands are quite popular around here and it's NYE, so dont wait around on this one. Tickets will not last long.

Full press release:

Elsinore Announces New Year's Eve Show at Mike ‘N Molly’s

Champaign-Urbana’s favorite home-team indie-poppers, Elsinore, headline a dream lineup including Santah and Common Loon to end the decade in epic fashion.

After a truly momentous fall, which found our CU orch-pop heroes headlining mid-level venues on both coasts to commemorate the release of their Yes Yes Yes full-length, Elsinore announces a home-coming event designed to be both intimate and epic.  On Friday, December 31st, Elsinore will celebrate the end of the decade with local brethren Santah and Common Loon at Mike ‘N Molly’s, which has long been a supporter and developer of the local CU music scene.  This event is the definition of limited engagement, though, as only 100 tickets will be available for purchase directly from the venue starting on Thursday, November 18th for $10 each.

You can expect this event to sell out rather swiftly, but for good reason...Elsinore is plotting plenty of sonic surprises for their guests!

Due to capacity demands for both show and venue, advance tickets can be purchased at the venue, but holders will only be guaranteed admission from 8pm - 10pm.  Admission is NOT GUARANTEED after 10pm.

New Year's Eve!
Friday, December 31st
Mike ‘N Molly’s
05 North Market Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 355-1236
21+ / $10 adv / $10 dos / 8:00pm

Doors Open: 8:00pm
Common Loon: 9:30 - 10:15pm
Santah: 10:30 - 11:15pm

Elsinore: 11:45 - 1:00am


Isn’t the Y supposed to be following different guidelines?

Now that ground has been broken on the new YMCA out in bumblefuck southwest Champaign, it's likely too late to wonder or ask the board if they are truly following the principles set out before it by its founders:

To put Christian principles in to practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

That last part — the whole "for all" thing — might prove difficult based on its new location. Way to cater to the people, YMCA! Hope you own a car!

WWJD, right?

The new Y is officially about seven miles from the city center, where its old location will remain dormant until it can find a buyer.


VOICE readers prepare to rock the (proverbial) mic

Thursday November 18 | 7:30 pm | Krannert Art Museum | Free

The questions are simple. The answers are honest/snarky/awesome/nervous/humble/cocky (as most prose tends to be).  Read on for all the reasons you need to check out the VOICE reading this Thursday.

Aaron Burch

Where are you from and what's it famous for (besides you)?
Tacoma, WA, which is famous for being the "Tac" part of the Sea-Tac airport, which most people outside of the area probably just think of as the Seattle Airport. Also, because of the smell from the pulp mill, there's the "Tacoma Aroma." And, oh yeah!, Toyota names a truck after us.
If you could steal a famous book and pass it off as your own work, what would you pick?
Maybe Keith Richards' new autobiography, so then I could also pass as being this famous, crazy, lived-it-all rock star?
Best place in C-U to pretend that you're writing and/or stir the creative juices? 
Cafe Kopi. I'm here now, "writing," by which I mean answering these questions and catching up with other emails.
What's influencing your work these days?
Kanye West, Adam Levin's new book The Instructions, Ol' Dirty Bastard, whiskey, Ben Percy, Matt Bell, Lindsay Hunter, Amelia Gray, Elizabeth Ellen, wanting to be liked, my memory, porn, fireworks, trying to think of what my non-literary buddies back in Washington would be entertained by, my barely-hidden wish that I were a rock star or comedian, reading submissions and editing stories for my lit journal, Hobart.

What should we be on the lookout for when you read for VOICE?
Going out to the bar after. Also: heckling. People should heckle me. Readings are too quiet and polite and boring.


Ashley Booth

Where are you from and what's it famous for (besides you)?
 I'm from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Um, I don't think it's really famous for anything. Pretty standard Midwest city.

If you could steal a famous book and pass it off as your own work, what would you pick?
Right now I'd say The Lover by Marguerite Duras. Wait, is that famous? How about The Road. That was pretty great. I'm so envious of fiction writers, they have so much more writing stamina than I do.
Best place in C-U to pretend that you're writing and/or stir the creative juices?
I only write in my apartment, but I love Meadowbrook Park. And Allerton.

What's influencing your work these days?
I've been thinking a lot about truth vs. lies. I've also been reading a lot of cross-genre work and I think that's been opening up some stuff for me. But really I think my major influences are popsicles, puzzles, and my cats. My life is really that exciting.
What should we be on the lookout for when you read for VOICE?
Hopefully poetry that appeals to people who don't normally read poetry... and those who do. Oh, and a lot of hand gestures, I'm sort of known for that.


Sara Gelston

Where are you from and what's it famous for (besides you)?
I'm from Raymond, Maine-home to Nathaniel Hawthorne, a few winter Olympians, a lumber yard and a whole lot of ice fishing. You can imagine my childhood.

If you could steal a famous book and pass it off as your own work, what would you pick?
You by Frank Stanford, which I suppose isn't terribly famous, but should be, and is certainly worth stealing and reading over and over.

Best place in C-U to pretend that you're writing and/or stir the creative juices?
Most writing (real or pretend) tends to happen at home, though long walks and porch sitting both help stir the juices.

What's influencing your work these days?
The Faroe Islands, domesticity, Miller High Life, Vashti Bunyan, taxidermy.

What should we be on the lookout for when you read for VOICE?
Lots of hair. Probably a dear bird or two as well.


Zook dismisses Polar Bear Hunter

... or whatever you call it.

Evan Frierson punched an undergrad in the heart of Campustown late Saturday night. Fallout from the Minnesota loss, no doubt. Maybe the kid was wearing Maroon & Gold.

From the SID:

Frierson Dismissed from Illini Football Program

Illinois Football Coach Ron Zook announced today that sophomore linebacker Evan Frierson (Washington, D.C. /H.D. Woodson) has been dismissed from the football program after he violated team rules.

"As I have always done, I review each situation on an individual basis and make sure I have all the information," Zook said. "After a full review, I think it's in Evan's best interest to concentrate on his academics and his legal issues, and he no longer remains a part of our football program."

Frierson played in nine games this season and in all 12 games in 2009. He had a total of six tackles in 2010 and 19 tackles in 2009.



REO Speedwagon to play REO Speedwagon tribute

Guys who wear baseball caps rejoiced today at the announcement that oft-mocked but really under-appreciated stadium-rock band REO Speedwagon has agreed to play a set of all-REO covers at Chicago's tribute band headquarters, Joe's Bar on Weed.

Best of all -- all the 7 & 7's you can drink!

From the SID:

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Two of Champaign, Illinois’ top two entertainment brands are joining forces when popular classic rock band REO Speedwagon plays a Chicagoland concert to benefit the University of Illinois I FUND. The show is set for 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17 at Joe’s Bar.

Proceeds from the show will help fund the scholarships awarded to University of Illinois student-athletes. The cost of those scholarships has climbed by more than 120 percent over the past 10 years, placing additional revenue-producing burdens on the Illinois athletic department.

REO Speedwagon formed in Champaign in 1967. The band peaked in popularity when its 1980 album Hi Fidelity sold more than 10 million albums. Two songs from that album reached the top 10 in the United States, including “Take It On The Run” and “Keep On Loving You,” which reached No. 1. The band again topped the charts in 1985 with “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” Other popular REO Speedwagon songs include “Ridin’ The Storm Out” and “Roll With The Changes.”

“We’re very pleased that REO Speedwagon is playing a show in this intimate setting primarily for our I FUND donors and Fighting Illini fans,” Illinois Director of Development Steve Greene said. “This is a unique concert setting and the benefits go to a great cause. With the concert set for the day before our annual United Center basketball game, we feel it’s an entertaining way for our fans and alumni to support Fighting Illini scholarships.”

Tickets include a top-shelf open bar, heavy hors d'œuvres and the REO Speedwagon show for $175 per person. Orders are limited to four per person for this intimate 850-person setting. Tickets can be obtained by calling the Chicago I FUND office at 312-575-7850 or by online purchase at


Giving N-G props where props are due

It seems The News-Gazette hearts The Gays.

This isn't the first time they've run this online ad of two married men enjoying their newspaper.

As far as I know, there's been no backlash either. So props to N-G, and props to the citizens of Champaign-Urbana for being cool with it.