Sen. Tammy Duckworth is a legend and this is a good take:

Somehow, the Illini are only 4.5 point underdogs against Wisconsin tonight

Not that I would ever condone recreational gambling but this line seems too small to be true. Look for Ethan Happ to go off tonight, especially if the Illini get into foul trouble (they will).

Tip-off: 8 pm


Rep. Rodney Davis gets confronted on a plane

Look at bro try and hide after someone recognizes him:

Listen I like free upgrades as much as the next guy but flying first class during a shutdown is pretty damn tone-deaf. I wonder what he thought walking past all the TSA agents who aren’t getting paid?

“I’m sick and tired of these mf Congressmen on these mf first class planes.”

-Samuel L. Jackson, probably


Ashley Phelps is Rep. Rodney Davis’s communications person, which adds a special element of irony.

There’s a petition to save Kam’s

Once the hordes of 4th Street organize, they’ll be unstoppable.

In all seriousness this petition has ~3,500 signatures. The goal is 5,000.

Housing Authority of Champaign Worries Federal Shutdown Could Impact Affordable Housing Programs

This is bad.

Also can someone please donate to get the Housing Authority a real sign? Come on now, folks.

(Anna Casey / Illinois Public Media)

So icy. Getting more icy.

I guess the good news is that we can now get ice on our wrists so it looks better when we dance:

Champaign-Urbana Offers ‘Peace Keeper’ Training To Address Gun Violence

It’s been a rough year for gun violence in Champaign. The Champaign-Urbana Area Project is working to change that, and their dedication is worthy of recognition.

(Christine Herman / Illinois Public Media)

The Chicago Bulls are taking a page out of Illini basketball’s book

Dysfunction all around the state of Illinois when it comes to basketball. Maybe it’s in the water.

Mahomet-Seymour bus driver arrested for DUI


(Michael Kiser / News-Gazette)

Champaign council not yet ready to regulate e-cigarette market


(Aldaberto Toledo / News-Gazette)

Seven things happening in our music scene right now: January 2019

Not much poppin. There’s still some cool stuff, though. Such is life in C-U.

(Gavin Good / Smile Politely)